A public affair analyst and professor at the Pan African University, Austin Nweze, while examining the recent cabinet reshuffle by the President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, adjudged that the ongoing ASUU strike contributed to the eventual sack of former Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayat Rufai.
Speaking on Sunrise Daily, he explained that the cabinet reshuffle, which led to the sack of 9 ministers, “is a normal thing” adding that as 2015 elections draw near, President Jonathan wants to choose those who would help him achieve his second term ambition which he is yet to admit officially.
The ministries that were affected had ‘question marks” in terms of performance, he said.
He stressed that the ASUU strike, which has entered its 74th day, also contributed to the sack of former education minister as the President’s decision for Governor Suswam to head a committee to resolve the crisis was a warning signal that all was not well.
That showed failure of leadership, he said, adding that, there has been nothing spectacular about the ministry of education.
He further stated that it is expected for every minister to generate ideas in line with the President’s agenda but “it is not clear what the President wants to achieve in education sector”. He added that the former minister was guilty of the same situation.
Recalling the public outcry which trailed the release of the Unity Schools cut off marks which seemed to favour students from Northern Nigeria, Mr Nweze said that such policies did not go down well with the vision of the President.
The announcement of the termination of the ministers appointments raised uproar in the public domain and has been described by some as a political move, which the Presidency denied.
“This has absolutely nothing to do with any other factor than that having come two years into his own administration, in the last lap, what I see the president doing is to re-focus his government, to inject in fresh blood, to achieve greater service delivery to the people of Nigeria” the Minister of Information and supervising Minister of Defence, Labaran Maku said while addressing the Federal Executive Council Meeting which signaled the end of the sacked ministers service in government.