The Presidency has denied reports that President Bola Tinubu plans to reshuffle his cabinet.
President Tinubu’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, stated this during an interview on TVC’s Politics on Sunday program.
Rumors of a potential cabinet reshuffle have circulated after the corruption scandal in the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation as well as the suspension of programs by the National Social Investment Programmes Agency (NSIPA).
However, Ngelale responded that any cabinet changes would have to wait until the ongoing investigations into alleged fraud in the Ministry are concluded.
While Ngeleale said the Tinubu administration will not spare any individuals found culpable of wrongdoing, he maintained that a cabinet reshuffle is not imminent.
He said, “At this point, it is in the realm of speculation. What is not in the realm of speculation, however, is that the President has ordered a thorough investigation. And wherever that investigation takes him, he will act accordingly.
“I do think that the President would not make such a move until he has a clear idea of exactly what that investigation has unearthed and whether or not there are other officials of the government that he feels would need to be roped into such an exercise on the basis of whatever the findings of that investigation are.”
Commenting further, the presidential spokesman said the President is fully aware of all factors related to what people are doing and not doing within his administration.
He said, “It is only natural to drive such stories, particularly if there’s even a whisper that such a thing could occur.
“But I think it’s important that we not preempt the activities of the President. The President is fully aware of all factors related to what people are doing and not doing within his administration.
“He does have a special adviser on policy and coordination in the person of Hadiza Bala Usman, who is also monitoring the activities of the MDAs with respect to performance-related issues, and he has all of that information at any point in time.”