Sahara Reporters published a report that claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari threatened to sack two of his ministers over disagreement with his plans during his recent trip to the United Arab Emirates.
Minister of Trade and Investment, Udo Udoma, and Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, reportedly expressed serious anxiety over the details of several of the agreements the Buhari planned on signing with the UAE and almost got fired.
The ministers counseled the president not to sign those deals because they felt that Nigeria gave away too much in terms of its bilateral economic interests in order to achieve President Buhari’s main goal: recovering of stolen money and extradition of criminals hiding in the UAE.
The sources disclosed that the president was not interested in his ministers’ arguments that the economic agreements between Nigeria and the UAE were weighted against Nigeria’s interests.
“Mr. President was focused on doing whatever was necessary to repatriate stolen funds and extradite criminals hiding in the UAE ,” said one source.
He added: “ He was so concerned about that sole issue that he became incensed about the warning from some members of his team.”
Buhari reportedly announced his readiness to relieve Mrs. Adeosun and Mr. Udoma of their responsibilities if they did not stop their opposition to the pacts.
The report has not been independently verified, but knowing President Buhari's determination to rid the country of corruption, it might not be far from the truth.
In the course of the visit to the UAE Buhari joined the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan of Abu Dhabi and other participants as a special guest of honour at this year’s edition of the World Future Energy Summit.