Panic grips Buhari's ministers as president's return sparks rumour of cabinet change

– President Muhammadu Buhari’s return to the country over the weekend is still a trending topic in Nigeria

– The frenzy that came with the president’s return is yet to die down

– The president’s ministers are however in panic mode following his return

A report by The Nation indicates that many ministers are in panic mode following the return of President Muhammadu Buhari over the weekend.

According to the report, the ministers suspended their weekend break to return to Abuja after the president’s return from 103-day medical vacation.

Cabinet members were reportedly surprised that they were caught unawares by the president’s return.

The ministers were reportedly not carried along in the protocol of the presidency to receive President Buhari. Photo credit: Aso Rock

They were said to have known about Buhari’s return through a statement on Saturday, August 19 by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina.

The ministers were worried as to why they were left them out of the airport reception party, but a source said the president wanted a low-profile return.

The source said: “The cabinet members were actually not notified of the president’s return. If they had prior knowledge, they would have been around to welcome him.

“In fact, only Minister of FCT Mohammed Bello was on the list of those to receive the President in his capacity as the ‘governor’ of the territory.

“Some other ministers merely heard the announcement and decided to proceed to the airport in line with official norms.

“Those who were out of Abuja on assignment in some states hurriedly came back to welcome the president.

“These ministers are worried about Buhari’s plans for them.”

Panic in Federal Executive Council over President Buhari’s plans

President Buhari is expected to make some changes in his cabinet. Photo credit: Bayo Omoboriowo

Meanwhile, President Buhari has stated that Nigeria must remain one, stressing that the unity of the country is not negotiable.

The president stated this in a live broadcast earlier today, Monday, August 21 which was televised live on national television.

The president urged Nigerians to work towards the co-existence of all nationalities in the country, even as he warned that his government will not tolerate inflammatory comments from Nigerians.

“The national consensus is that it is better we live together than to live apart. We must eschew our differences and work together for the lasting peace of Nigeria,” President Buhari said.

Watch the president’s supporters on TV celebrating on the streets of Abuja the day he returned: