Nigeria swears in new ministers,‏ before polls

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday swore in eight new junior government ministers only ten days before the country's general elections in which he is standing for reelection.

Nigeria swears in new ministers,‏ before polls

World Bulletin / News Desk 

"This is an injury time. It is like bringing a player in when you have just five minutes to go in a football match," Jonathan said as he swore the ministers in at the presidential villa in capital Abuja.

"Everyone wants to know what that player will do; the magic the player will perform within that short period," he added.

"The player himself will struggle to at least kick the ball before the end of the game," the president noted, continuing with his football analogy.

The Nigerian constitution states that each of the country's 36 states must be represented in the national cabinet by at least one minister.

On March 28, Nigeria is slated to hold presidential and parliamentary elections.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Mart 2015, 17:42