President Muhammadu Buhari has extended his resign order to all political appointees, including heads of parastatals, Departments, agencies and ambassadors with political ambitions to resign their appointments.
The of the President is contained in a circular signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha and leaked to the media on Thursday morning.
The circular, which was also copied the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, is however not explicit if he is required to resign also.
The circular with reference number SGF/OP/ I/S.3/XII/ 173 ans was titled, ‘Ministers, heads of government agencies, ambassadors and other appointees with political ambitions to resign’, reads: “Mr. President has observed and noted the expression of interest and intention by some members of the Federal Executive Council, Heads of Extra-Ministerial Departments, Agencies, Parastatals of Government, Ambassadors and other Political Office holders to contest the upcoming Presidential, Gubernatorial, National and State Assemblies’ elections.
“Consequently, Mr. President has directed that the affected office holders aspiring to run for various offices in the 2023 General Elections, should tender their resignation on or before Monday, the 16th of May, 2022.
“For the avoidance of doubt, this directive affects all Ministers, Heads and Members of Extra-Ministerial Departments, Agencies and Parastatals of Government, Ambassadors as well as other political appointees who desire to contest for elective offices. For smooth running of the machinery of government and our foreign Missions, affected Ministers are to hand over to Ministers of State where they exist or to the Permanent Secretary, where there is no Minister of State. Ambassadors shall 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. II/C.2/268 of 4th December, 2017.
“The contents of this circular and the incidental directives, takes effect immediately.”