Acting president dissolves Nigeria cabinet

Nigeria's Acting President Jonathan dissolved the country's cabinet, outgoing Information Minister said.

Acting president dissolves Nigeria cabinet

Nigeria's Acting President Goodluck Jonathan dissolved the country's cabinet on Wednesday, outgoing Information Minister Dora Akunyili said.

"He did not give us any reason for the dissolution of the cabinet. Permanent secretaries will take charge of the ministries from tomorrow," Akunyili told reporters.

Jonathan took over as acting leader in early February during the three-month absence of ailing President Umaru Yar'Adua for medical treatment in a Saudi clinic. Yar'Adua has since returned to Nigeria but remains too sick to rule.

Yar'Adua's secretive return in the middle of the night raised fears that his inner circle of aides, led by his wife Turai, would fight to maintain their influence over Africa's most populous nation and seek to undermine Jonathan.

But the acting president has moved quickly to assert his authority, demoting the former justice minister -- a close Yar'Adua ally -- and appointing respected ex-military general Theophilus Danjuma as one of his top advisers.

He also sacked the country's national security adviser, a key member of Yar'Adua's inner circle.

Reuters

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