President Muhammadu Buhari will any time soon announce the much-anticipated rejig of his cabinet.
Buhari has not effected a major reshuffle since he unveiled his ‘Change Team’ exactly two years ago.
It was gathered that eight new ministers are being shortlisted.
The development followed disquiet in the All Progressives Congress (APC) over failure of the president to adequately compensate top stalwarts in his previous key appointments.
Those to be appointed are all likely to be politicians from across the six geo-political zones.
Buhari is also considering a proposal to restructure some of the ministries.
Ministry of Transportation under the leadership of former Rivers state governor, Rotimi Amaechi, may be split. If this happens, a new minister will be brought in to head Marine Transportation.
Amaechi may be appointed Minister of Rail Transportation while Hadi Sirika, current Minister of State (Aviation) may be promoted to full Minister of Aviation.
Police Affairs may be removed from the Ministry of Interior currently headed by Abdulrahman Dambazau.
Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, may be redeployed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His replacement will step in but continue to report Buhari, who may hold on to the position of full minister.
Furthermore, Ministry of Power, Works and Housing currently headed by former Lagos state governor, Babatunde Fashola, may be split into three.
Fashola is expected to lead Ministry of Works and Roads Infrastructure.
A new appointee from the North-east will be sent to the Ministry of Housing, while an appointee from either the North-central or the South-east will get Ministry of Power.
DAILY POST gathered the President Buhari will give one of the eight fresh slots to APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
It formed part of the discussion the duo had during when the former Lagos state governor visited Aso Rock villa a fortnight ago.
‘Jagaban’, as fondly called, lost out in ministerial appointments as Buhari selected Fashola and former Ekiti governor, Kayode Keyamo, his estranged political godsons.
Buhari picked Fashola, chairman of APC 2015 presidential fundraising committee, ahead of Tinubu’s choice, Yemi Cardoso, a former Lagos State Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning.
Another slot will likely go to former Kano state governor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso.
“The reason for this is clear; Lagos and Kano have a population of around 45 million and highest votes”, a source told our correspondent.
“The expansion of federal cabinet will happen, no doubt about this. In fact, it is what virtually every party stalwart has beenn clamouring for.
“And on this issue of more appointments, the president has given his word privately and publicly. He will fulfil his promise”.
Buhari recently hinted about the new appointments.
“Last year, I said we would re-constitute the Boards of Parastatals. I must regret the fact that we have not done so, for many reasons”, he said at the party’s National Executive meeting in Abuja.
“Some of us in this meeting may know I had given instructions since October 2015 for this exercise to start. But there have been inordinate delays through several Committees in an attempt to get the balance right and to make sure all parts of the country are equitably represented.
“On the other hand, I am keenly aware that our supporters are very eager for these appointments to be announced. By the Grace of God these appointments will be announced soon. Especially now that the economy is improving, we will have the resources to cater for the appointees”.
Why Governor Fayemi, El-Rufai And Emir Sanusi Are Attending WEF In South Africa Despite FG’s Boycott —- Min. Of Foreign Affairs
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, on Thursday, said that governors already attending the World Economic Forum (WEF) in South Africa is not an affront to the decision of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
According to him, those governors and other individuals were already in South Africa before a decision was reached for Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to boycott the WEF due to xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
The Kano Emirate Council had shared the photographs of Fayemi, alongside the Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai; and the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi, at Africa in the World conference holding in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Briefing State House correspondents in Abuja, he also pointed out that the WEF is an international function, which was not organized by South Africa.
“The forum started a long time ago and the governors were already there before our decision was taken”, he said.
According to him, Nigeria only stated a position that its top officials would not be in Capetown to register its protest against the xenophobic attacks.
Some of the Nigerian governors who have gone ahead to attend the World Economic Forum included the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, and Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, and Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State.
Other Nigerians participating at the forum include a former Minister of Education, Obiageli Ezekwesili.
Dangerous Romance! Couple Fall From 9-Storey Building While Having Hot Sex
A woman has been killed after falling from the ninth floor of a block of flats in Russia while having sex, but her partner survived after landing on top of her.
The woman, aged 30, was found dead at the base of an apartment block in St Petersburg on the night of July 5 during what neighbors described as a wild party.
Witnesses said they saw a television thrown from the window of the flat, after which the woman and her 29-year-old lover plunged to the ground below.
The woman landed head-first on the asphalt and died instantly, local media reported, but the man survived after his fall was broken by her body and nearby bushes.
Witnesses told local media that the partially clothed man then got up and went back to rejoin the party.
Police were called, and when they arrived the revelers allegedly threw a mop out of the windows at them.
Initial reports suggested the woman had been killed by the falling TV, but images from the scene clearly show her naked from the waist down.
After interviewing witnesses, investigators concluded that the couple were having sex on a windowsill when they fell.
Two other men were in the flat when the fall happened, but are not thought to have been involved.
A murder investigation has been launched.
CAN Denies Knowledge Of Solidarity Visit, Says COZA Pastors Are On Their Own
The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has disassociated itself from the purported solidarity visit to Commonwealth of Zion Assembly last Sunday.
In a statement issued on Monday, the National Director of Legal and Public Affairs, CAN, Evangelist Barrister Kwamkur Samuel Vondip, said that the purported solidarity visit and video had nothing to do with the group.
He also stated that the pastors seen in the viral video visited the church based on their personal interest, as he explained that the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, has already constituted a panel to investigate the rape allegation against the Senior Pastor of COZA, Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo.
The statement reads;
The attention of the President of CAN, Rev. Dr. Samson O. A. Ayokunle has been called to a report and a video clip going round that Christian Association of Nigeria has sent her officials to Commonwealth of Zion Assembly(COZA) Church to stand by the Senior Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo on the rape allegation against him.
This message is to categorically inform the Christian leaders, the general public and all lovers of truth that CAN or the President of CAN did not approve and knows nothing about such a solidarity visit.
Those who did so did it on their own. We stand by our earlier release on this issue that while we would never support any act of immorality from whatever quarter, we would not jump into passing judgement without thorough investigation of the matter.
The President of CAN is in communication with the President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Rev. Dr. Felix Omobude and has given the right to investigate the allegations to PFN and then revert to CAN. We can tell you that PFN has already constituted a panel that is investigating this matter and in less than two weeks, the outcome of the investigation will come out. We urge all our Christian brothers and sisters to know that this is the position of CAN. We would not spare anyone who is found wanting from facing appropriate disciplinary measures.
We appreciate sincerely the prayers and support of the Christians and all peace loving Nigerians for the Church and the nation.
Evangelist Barrister Kwamkur Samuel Vondip
National Director of Legal and Public Affairs,
Christian Association of Nigeria.
15th July, 2019