Less than 24 hours after President Goodluck Jonathan sacked the Director-Generals of FAAN, NAMA, NCAT and NCAA, the sports Minister, Bolaji Abdulahi too has been shown the red card.
The announcement which was made before the Federal Executive Council’s meeting this morning shocked many who were not expecting the news.
Sources revealed that there was a rumour from the Villa some days ago that 5 Ministers were pencilled down for sack but no one expected the Sports Minister who enjoyed a close relationship with the President to be among the Ministers short-listed for sack.
Another source also revealed to Street Journal that Bolaji Abdulahi got the axe from a report served the President by the Senate bordering on the fact that the Minister of Sports has not appeared before the Senate to defend his Ministry’s budget in the last three years.
Many people who did not expect the sack of the Sports Minister hinged their reasoning on his achievements in the Sports Ministry, winning the African Cup of Nations and the Under 17 World Cup.
The sack of Ministers and cabinet re-shuffle by the President is believed to be a necessary step towards his plans to seek re-election into office come 2015.
Some committees set up by the President for his re-election purpose were said to have advised him to appoint individuals with strong political structure as Ministers.
One thing many believe worked against him was his lack of political structure as Abdullahi has never been known to be a politician. As a journalist, many referred to him as a professional in politics.
It is also being said in some quarters that Abdullahi had to go because of his close links with Senator Bukola Sararki, who for some time now has been at loggerheads with the ruling Peoples Democratic Party and the Presidency. Checks revealed that Senator Saraki was largely instrumental to Abdullahi’s appointment as Minister years ago.
Efforts to reach the former Minister on Wednesday morning failed as he was said to have left for Poland a few hours earlier to attend a sports meet.