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Jonathan Swears-In 11 New Ministers, Sacks Sports Minister
Caption: New Ministers Taking Their Oath Of Office In Abuja
President Goodluck Jonathan has sacked the minister of Sports, Bolaji Abdullahi, replacing him with Tamuno Danagogo,sworn of the 11 persons sworn in as ministers today.
Jonathan made the announcement during the swearing-in ceremony which took place at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa.
No reason was given for the sack, but reports suggest that Abdullahi may have had a hunch about his removal and vacated his office Wednesday morning before leaving the country to attend the International Weightlifting Federation Championship holding in Poland.
The ministers and their new portfolios include Musiliu Obanikoro (Lagos), minister of State, Defence; Mohammed Wakil (Borno), minister of State, Power; Abduljelili Adesiyan (Osun), minister of Police Affairs and Aminu Wali (Kano), minister of Foreign Affairs.
Others are Akon Eyakenyi (Akwa Ibom), minister of Land, Housing and Urban Development; Lawrencia Laraba-Mallam (Kaduna), minister of Environment; Tamuno Danagog (Rivers), minister of Sports and Hajia Asabe Ahmed (Niger), minister of State Agriculture.
The rest are Aliyu Gusau (Zamfara), minister of Defence; Boni Haruna (Adamawa), minister of Youth Development and Khaliru Alhassan (Sokoto), minister of State,
The President asked the 11 newly sworn-in ministers to assume work immediately by participating in the weekly Federal Executive Council, FEC meeting which held after the ceremony.
He said the appointment was a call to service and charged the new ministers to see public office as public trust and to serve people without fear or favour.
He also urged them to be innovative, creative and to bring value to their new offices in line with the transformation agenda of his administration.