The Federal Government, through the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, has officially directed serving ministers in the cabinet, heads of government agencies, ambassadors and other political appointees with political ambitions in 2023 to resign with immediate effect.
The circular, dated May 11, 2022, with Ref. No.SGF/OP/l/S.3/Xll/173, was addressed to all serving ministers, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, National Security Adviser, Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service and heads of extra-ministerial departments, Directors-General/Chief Executive Officers of parastatals, agencies and government-owned companies among others.
Mustapha also directed that the affected ministers are to hand over to the Ministers of State or Permanent Secretary as applicable for smooth running of the machinery of government.
Ambassadors are to hand over to their Deputy Heads of Mission or the most Senior Foreign Service Officer in line with established practices.
“Similarly, Heads of Extra-Ministerial Departments, Agencies and Parastatals are to hand over to the most senior Director/Officer as may be peculiar to the organisation, in line with the service wide Circular No. SGF.50/S. Il/C.2/268 of 4th December, 2017,” the circular said.