In Nigeria, twenty ministers in the country's new civilian government have been sworn in by President Alhaji Shagari.
SV EXTERIOR State House
MV Minister of Agriculture Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau taking oath
MCU President Shagari listening
MV Minister of Defence Professor Iya Abubakar taking oath and signing book (3 shots)
CU President Shagari speaking in English with ministers listening (5 shots)
SHAGARI: "You have before you the challenging task of ensuring the successful implementation of the programmes which I have drawn up for the Ministries to which you are assigned. Your new job demands of you hard work, patriotism and a high degree of integrity -- quite apart from need to comply strictly with the code of conduct for public officers as stipulated in the constitution."
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Background: 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."