May 30, 2012 – The Coalition of Niger Delta Ethnic and Civil Society Groups have urged President Goodluck Jonathan to sack some members of his cabinet who have not lived up to expectations.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the call comes as Jonathan’s administration marks one year in office.
The group under the aegis of the United Niger Delta Energy Development Security Strategy (UNDEDSS) also called for the reshuffling of the President’s cabinet.
In a statement in Lagos, UNDEDSS Secretary General, Mr. Tony Uranta, stated that the need to re-invent the President’s cabinet had become obvious considering that some members of the cabinet members had not performed optimally.
“The President must use the May 29 celebrations to take stock of the performance of each member of his cabinet and ensure that those who should be relieved of their duties were shown the way out in the interest of the administration and the nation,” Uranta stated.
He stated that the President was doing his best but might not achieve his administration’s vision and goals unless and until he re-invented his cabinet.
According to him, Jonathan has restored some sanity to governance.
“UNDEDSS thanks God that despite the many machinations of the seemingly endless manifestations of enemies of national peace and progress, including the Boko Haram, President Jonathan has kept the country together.
“President Jonathan’s very visible anti-corruption style such as is evident in his giving the EFCC carte blanche to investigate the fuel subsidy phenomenon and prosecute anybody found wanting is very commendable,” he stated.
Uranta pointed out that revelations from various probes further showed the administration’s commitment to fighting corruption in Nigeria no matter whose ox was gored.
“The President, however, needs the support of Nigerians in areas such as power, security and the Niger Delta, where he is scored low,” he further stated.
He argued that although at the helm of affairs, the President needed total and unflinching support of Nigerians to get the nation to where he vowed to take it to.