Prof Chinedu Nebo
By Muhammad Bello
Defying expectations President Godluck Jonathan Monday swore-in two new ministers without assigning them any portfolio.
Since mid last year when the former defence minister, Bello Muhammad Haliru lost his job along with immediate past National Security Adviser (NSA), late Gen Andrew Azazi, the ministry has been run by a minister of state.
Similarly, the vacancy caused by the controversial resignation of Prof. Barth Nnaji as Minister of Power has left the leadership of that crucial sector in the hands of a minister of State.
Likening himself to a footballer who is popularly expected to clinch a desirous trophy, the president admonished the new ministers to assist him in proving his mettle as a worthy instructor, so that the confidence reposed on his administration by Nigerian will not wane.
Jonathan, who appealed to the two new ministers, Prof Chinedu Osita Nebo (Enugu) and Kabiru Tanimu Turaki (Kebbi), who will have to wait for a couple of days to know their forte, said they should bear in mind that Nigerians would be the final arbiters on his coaching prowess, which is tied to the level of peace attained and adequate supply of power.
On their portfolios, the president directed the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Anyim Pius Anyim to work them out.
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