President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday bared his fangs as the President and Commander In Chief as he ordered members of his cabinet who are seeking elective position in the 2023 general election to immediately resign.
The electoral Act had asked all public servants wishing to contest in an election to resign but the ministers had held on to their job while fighting to be elected into political position in the forthcoming 2023 polls.
Minister of State for Education, Mr. Emeka Nwajiuba, is the only member of Buhari’s cabinet that had resigned his position as he seeks to take over from his principal.
Buhari, however took them by surprise on Wednesday when he asked them to send in their resignation letters before or on the 16th May, 2023.
Those concerned are Minister of Transport, Rotimi Ameachi, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio; Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; Science, Technology and Innovation, Ogbonnaya Onu, and Minister of Petroleum Resources, Timipreye Sylva.
Others are the Minister of State for Mines and Steel, Uche Ogar, who is running for governorship position in Abia State, the Minister of Women Affairs, Paulline Tallen, who declared her ambition to contest for a senatorial seat in Plateau State.
Buhari urged them to follow the example of Mr. Emeka Nwajiuba, Minister of State for Education, and resign on or before May 16, 2022.The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, made the disclosure while briefing State House Correspondents at the end of Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Buhari.
Only the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, who he affirmed was an elected official was exempted from the marching order.