President Jonathan Causes Panic

There was panic among ministers yesterday following the invitation of some of their colleagues by President Goodluck Jonathan.


It was learnt that some ministers, who were out of Abuja, were recalled for “consultations” on Monday.

Besides, the Presidency queried yesterday the Chairman of the National Population Commission (NPC), Chief Festus Odimegwu.

The sacked Minister of Youth Development, Alhaji Inuwa Abdul-Kadir, bade the ministry’s staff an emotional farewell.

He said he learnt a lot within his short stay in office.

According to sources, the President has kept all the Ministers on their toes after a mid-term assessment of their performance.

It was gathered that the President is now paying attention to the performance benchmark set for all the ministers.

A source said: “There is pressure on Ministers to perform or leave. The President is not ready to grant permission for any local or foreign trip, unless it is necessary.

“As a matter of fact, there is panic among Ministers because some of their colleagues were summoned on Monday by the President alongside the sacked Minister of Youth Development, Alhaji Inuwa Abdul-Kadir.”

Some ministers, who were recalled, made it to the Presidential Villa. Abdul-Kadir was held up at the annual conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Calabar, Cross River State capital.

It was not immediately clear yesterday what the President discussed with the ministers.

A source said he asked every cabinet member to increase his “project delivery pace without compromising quality”.

Investigation by our correspondent revealed that the change of administrative style by President Goodluck Jonathan in the last few days has also made the ministers to be jittery.

It was learnt that instead of announcing changes from the Presidential Villa, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, is now in charge of such announcements.

Odimegwu is said to have been queried for comments capable of causing disaffection.

It was gathered that the government was uncomfortable with the interview he granted some newspapers.

He had alleged in a report that the census figures during the era of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo were cooked up.

A source in the Presidency said: “Odimegwu has been queried. The SGF was mandated to issue him a query to ascertain whether he said what was ascribed to him or not.”

Source: The Nation