President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday held a valedictory session with ten ministers that tendered their resignation letters to pursue their political ambition in the 2023 elections.
President Buhari also promised to fill as soon as possible the vacuum created by the departure of the ministers
Minister of information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this while briefing Newsmen at the end of the valedictory session held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to Alhaji Mihamned, the outgoing Ministers that attended the session were, Rotimi Amaechi (Transportation), Chris Ngige (Labour and Employment), Godswill Akpabio (Niger Delta Affairs), Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu (Science and Technological Innovation), Timipre Sylva State for Petroleum Resources), Tayo Alasoadura (State for Niger Delta Affairs), Dame Tallen Paulen (Women Affairs), Uche Ogar (State for Mines and Steel Development), Abubakar Malami (Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice) and Emeka Nwajuba (State for Education), who was absent but with a permission..
Alhaji Mohammed said the President Buhari thanked the Ministers for their service and wished them success in their aspirations.
“You will recall that on Wednesday, Mr. President directed and I informed you that all Ministers and other political appointees, who aspire to contest for elective offices in 2023 general elections, should resign their current appointments.
“This morning, there was a valedictory service for 10 members of the Federal Council who have indicated their desire to aspire for higher offices. Nine of them were present, the 10th was absent with an apology.
“Mr. President used the occasion to thank the outgoing members of cabinet for their sacrifices and services. The President also in addition to wishing them success in their endeavour, also expressed the confidence that given the expertise, the experience and what they must have garnered during their years in office, they like other aspirants are fully equipped to run the affairs of the state.
“Of course, Mr. President also admonished the remaining members of the Cabinet that the journey is still far. And they should all redouble their efforts, be more diligent and be more committed to the success of the administration. “At the end of which the outgoing ministers had a group photograph with Mr President and also with the Chief of Staff and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation,” Mr. Mohammed said.