Resignation by ministers from their appointed positions isn’t so common in this part of the world, especially in Nigeria where government appointees are handsomely paid. However, the country has witnessed some ministers’ resignations in 2018 that had the social media buzzing for days. While some were expected others came as a surprise causing different reactions from the citizens.
Newsbreak.ng has compiled a report of three ministers that resigned from President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet in 2018:
The winner of the Ekiti State governorship election resigned his appointment as Minister of Mines and Steel Development to concentrate on his gubernatorial ambition. He is a member of the All Progressives Congress, APC, under which he defeated Kolapo Olusola of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the July 14 election.
Fayemi’s resignation however, didn’t come as a surprise due to the constitution which clearly doesn’t allow a person to hold two public offices at the same time. He announced his resignation publicly on May 30 having won the APC primary on May 12. The former minister will be sworn in as Ekiti State governor in October.
2. Aisha Alhassan
Popularly called ‘Mama Taraba’, Alhassan was reported to have resigned her position as the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development on August 2, 2018. According to the local media, Alhassan resigned to contest for the 2019 governorship election in Taraba State.
While President Buhari was said to have accepted the resignation, Alhassan however, debunked the report in a phone conversation with NAN saying she “only sought for permission from President Muhammdu Buhari to begin consultations.”
She added that “when the time comes for me to resign, I will do so in accordance with the laid down procedure and regulations.’’
In September 2017, Alhassan threatened that she would not support Buhari’s second term ambition on the grounds that the president had promised to serve only one term. She vowed to support former Vice President Atiku Abubakar who was still a member of APC at the time.
3. Kemi Adeosun
The news of Kemi Adeosun, who until more than 24 hours ago was Minister of Finance remains the most surprising news of the week. Her resignation followed the increasing pressure on her regarding her fake NYSC certificate. Premium Times had first reported on July 7 that she evaded the mandatory year-long national service and forged an exemption certificate to cover for it.
On Friday, September 14, the Presidency announced her resignation from office, and released the letter in which Adeosun owned up to the crime. She said she was “helped” by some unnamed associates to get the exemption certificate.
In addition to being a requirement for government and private sector jobs in Nigeria, the enabling law prescribes punishment for anyone who absconds from the scheme or forges its certificates.