Leadership (Abuja)

10 January 2013

Nigeria: Perform or Go, Jonathan Tells Ministers

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday read the riot act to Ministers, with a marching orders that they either sit up and produce results as promised Nigerians during his 2011 election campaign or resign their positions.

There had been speculation about a possible cabinet shake-up this January, following what many consider the president's worries about the level of performance of government and the impatience of Nigerians with their expectations from the current administration.

A dependable source at yesterday's Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting told LEADERSHIP that Jonathan was quite stern with the warning he gave the ministers.

According to the source, "the president drew the attention of his cabinet members to the negative public perception of the government.

"He told them that although most of the criticisms against the administration were being orchestrated by the opposition for some selfish reasons, the ministers must keep tab with his transformation agenda to ensure that most of the things said against the administration are proved wrong at the end of the day."

The Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, while briefing State House correspondents after the first FEC meeting in 2013 presided by the president, said Jonathan, confirmed the report.

Maku said, "Mr President gave us a marching order to work harder, faster and deliver results. He said we must all buckle up and make sure all our agencies deliver results."

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