Buhari: I wish one among outgoing ministers will succeed me

Buhari: I wish one among outgoing ministers will succeed me

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday bade farewell to ongoing ministers who recently resigned from their positions to seek various electoral offices ahead of 2023 general elections.

The ministers of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio; Science, Technology and Innovation, Ogbonnaya Onu, State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva; Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige were present at the valedictory session.

Others are the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), Minister of State, Mines and Steel Development, Uche Ogah, the Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen and the Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Tayo Alasoadura.

But the Minister of State (Education), Emeka Nwajiuba, who had earlier tendered his resignation, was absent at the valedictory session.

Addressing the outgoing cabinet members, the President disclosed this at the valedictory session for appointees at the Presidential Villa where assured that the outgoing ministers would be replaced without delay.

Buhari also said that he has no doubt that if anyone among the competent aspirants as his successor as part of his legacies to Nigerians.

He said, ”I have no doubt that if the next President emerges from among former members of this cabinet, like any other aspirant, ample competence and outstanding service delivery would be on display. This will be part of our legacies to Nigerians”.

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The President tasked the former cabinet members to contribute their quota where they find themselves.

He also urged the remaining members of the cabinet who did not resign to show more diligence, resilience and commitment to serve Nigerians better, saying ‘‘the journey to the finish line is still very far ’’.

”Like always, there will be challenges to address, programmes to deliver and policies to implement.

”You must therefore brace up for more work and target increased accomplishments.

He told the members of cabinet that ”the determination to leave important legacies for Nigerians should never be compromised”.

Godwill Akpabio who spoke on behalf of the outgoing ministers, thanked the President for giving them the opportunity to serve and contribute their quota to nation building.

He prayed God Almighty to grant the President a successful tenure.

Recall that President had on Wednesday ordered all members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) seeking elective offices to resign.

He directed to
submit their letters of resignation on or before Monday the 16th of May, 2022.

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