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Buhari: Why I did not sack any minister

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President Muhammadu Buhari says his decision to retain cabinet ministers in the last three and half years in spite of pressures from some quarters is because of their unique skill, strength and leadership qualities.

Buhari was speaking during a valedictory session of the federal executive council (FEC) held at the presidential villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.

He observed that the ministers, who exhibited spirit of team work, were more rational in taking decisions aimed at tackling the numerous challenges facing the country.

Buhari described the cabinet members as “a reflection of the Nigeria we aspire to achieve.’’

“You will recall that when we started this journey, our country was facing numerous challenges,” he said.

“We inherited a broken economy which eventually went into recession in the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2016. The situation was further compounded by insecurity and massive corruption.

“Many would have given up. Indeed, many outside commentators said our situation was well nigh hopeless. However, we all came together and pushed forward to deliver our campaign promise to rescue our country from its parlous state.

“Although we all had a common vision, we frequently had heated debates in this room on the best way to achieve our goals. These differing views are what made the decisions we took all the more rational.

“It is this quality that made me retain my cabinet for the full term. Each of you in this room has a unique skill and strength.

“We are a reflection of the Nigeria we aspire to achieve – A diverse but tolerant nation where no one is silenced and where every opinion should be heard and considered.’’

Buhari, while thanking the ministers for their willingness to serve the nation, urged them to be happy for contributing their quota in various ways to the development of the nation.

“I want you all to leave this meeting proud to have served your nation to the best of your ability,” he said.

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