The dismissal of Sabo Nonono as Agriculture Minister and Rural Development may have to do with underwhelming performance and his approval of N30m for the construction of a mosque for herders.
President Muhammadu Buhari sacked Nonono on Wednesday alongside his counterpart in the power ministry, Saleh Mamman.
“These significant review steps have helped to identify and strengthen weak areas, close gaps, build cohesion and synergy in governance, manage the economy and improve the delivery of public good to Nigerians,” Buhari was quoted to have said in a statement his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, released.
It has however emerged that Nonono’s dismissal may not be unconnected to his approval N30m for the construction of a mosque awarded to El-Shukhur Multi-Buz Nig. Ltd by the Agriculture ministry.
A misplaced priority, the contract memo dated December 10, 2020 and signed by Musa Musa, deputy director of procurement in ministry on behalf of Nonono, leaked, drawing the ministry opprobrium to which the sack minister defended that the mosque was for livestock farmers displaced by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State.
Earlier in the week, he came under attack of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) accusing him of neglecting key stakeholders at the just-concluded Feed Nigeria Summit (FNS) in Abuja.
Assistant Publicity Secretary of AFAN, Salisu Mukhtar, in a statement had also criticised the ministry for organising such an important event in the height of a rainy season without a National Agricultural Policy to replace the defunct Agricultural Promotion Policy (APP) launched in 2015.
According to him, the Ministry excluded many key stakeholders in the food system value chains such as AFAN, National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC), National Agency for Food, Drug, Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for its good work in the agriculture space at the event.