In Nigeria, twenty ministers in the country's new civilian government have been sworn in by President Alhaji Shagari.
In Nigeria, twenty ministers in the country's new civilian government have been sworn in by President Alhaji Shagari. The government has been in power since October the first, when thirteen years of military rule came to an end.
SYNOPSIS: The swearing-in ceremony took place in State House, Lagos, on Wednesday (24 October).
Of the twenty new ministers, thirteen have Cabinet rank. Here, the new Minister of Agriculture, Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau, takes the oath of office.
President Shagari was responsible for nominating the new ministers, in terms of the new constitution. But two nominees suggested by him were rejected by Nigerian Senate. Nigeria has adopted a constitution modelled on that of the United States. The new Cabinet ministers will not be members either of the Senate or the House of Representatives. After the ceremony, President Shagari told the new ministers that it was essential for them to have an "open mind and a flexible approach."