Nigerians have hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for directing all ministers vying for any elective office in 2023 to resign before Monday 16th of May.
The directive was to cabinet members during the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said he did not have the mandate to talk about the fate of other political appointees who are also vying for elective positions but are not members of the cabinet.
Rotimi Amaechi, Ogbonnaya Onu, Emeka Nwajiuba, Chris Ngige, Abubakar Malami and Timipre Sylva are the affected ministers.
The directive by Buhari has stirred reactions from Nigerians on social media
However, some called for the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, and Senate President Ahmed Lawan to also resign.
Here are some comments gathered from Twitter;
@IsraelOmole1 “The best action Buhari regime has taken since 2015, hope Godwin Emefiele CBN Governor will take a queue.”
@AwaJoseph “Wow, Is this Buhari or who? This is weird oh.”
@Nonsoegbubine “What of CBN governor and other appointed political office holders?
@AboladeOlaniran “Amaechi and Ngige and all of them wey no they can’t have the party ticket. They should better go and withdraw their partynomination form and tell the world they’re catching cruise.”
@CallmeWhiley “We appreciate all of them for their service to the nation.”
@EjioforOdo “It is time to quit one: appointment or political ambition. Most of them would prefer to quit their ambition. Let watch out.”
@Teresematt “Let me prepare my CV and apply for the position of Transportation Minister.”
@Ujaymycine “Please tell @MBuhari that I am available for appointment. Even if it’s one year. I am a programmer, Critical Thinker and a political heavyweight.”
@Chrisneche12 “Yes let them resign if youwant to contest for any position,you can’t serve two masters at the same time.”
@Opeyemifolarin1 “Osinbajo should be ordered to resign too. Anything short of this, the status quo should remain.”
@Bemexy “Both senate president and CBN governor. It’s shouldn’t end with word of mouth, an enforcement should be applied as well immediately.”