Thursday, March 18, 2010


Posted by: Roxxanne Roxxanne

According to the BBC News, Nigeria's acting president, Goodluck Jonathan, has dissolved the country's cabinet.
Mr. Jonathan became acting president [of the Federal Republic of Nigeria] in February amid the continuing illness of President Umaru Yar'Adua.

[President] Yar'Adua went to Saudi Arabia for treatment in November last year and, despite returning to Nigeria recently, has not been seen in public.

One outgoing [Federal Executive Council] cabinet minister denied there was any power vacuum, saying civil servants would take over.

The cabinet was picked by [President] Yar'Adua and correspondents say [acting President] Jonathan is now trying to stamp his own authority.

Observers see Wednesday's move as an attempt to consolidate power at the expense of [President] Yar'Adua.

Information Minister Dora Akunyili said after a cabinet meeting: "Today, the acting president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, dissolved the Federal Executive Council [cabinet]. “He did not give us any reason and so I cannot give any reason…”
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Some Nigerians are pleased that acting President Jonathan’s finally asserted his authority and dissolved the country’s cabinet, which critics say are filled with ailing President Yar’Adua's “cronies.”

*sighs* I guess only time will tell how this shift in political power will effect Nigeria.

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