Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo is to reshuffle his cabinet by disengaging five ministers, said Oluremi Oyo, senior special assistant (media) to President Obasanjo Abuja on Thursday.
They are Frank Ogbuewu, minister of culture and tourism, Magaji Mohammed, minister of internal affairs, Adamu Idris Waziri,
minister of commerce, Saidu Sambawa, minister of sports and social development and retired Col. Musa Mohammed, minister of inter- governmental affairs, youth development and special duties.
The move, which was aimed "to enable them to pursue their ambitions for elective office in 2007," is the latest political shakeup after a campaign to change the constitution to allow Obasanjo to run for a third term.
According to the statement, the disengagement of the ministers takes effect from June 2.
The statement said that Obasanjo has also relieved Minister of State for Water Resources Bashir Awotorebo of his duties but gave no explanation.
On Tuesday, Obasanjo removed National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. Mohammed Aliyu Gusau, Chief of Defense Staff Gen. Alexander Ogomudia and Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Jonah Wuyep.