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Buhari appointed me minister 2 hours after collecting my CV, says sacked Power minister

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The sacked minister of Power Saleh Mamman has revealed how President Muhammadu Buhari appointed him minister barely two hours after collecting his CV.

On Wednesday, the president fired the power minister alongside his Agriculture counterpart, Sabo Nanono.

In an interview with BBC Hausa monitored by DAILY NIGERIAN on Saturday, Mr Mamman said he would continue to pray for the president’s well-being for choosing him to serve as minister without lobbying.

“I will keep thanking the president for appointing me minister without lobbying. From the time my CV was collected to the time I was appointed, it was not more than two hours,” the former minister said.

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While denying media reports that he collapsed upon hearing the news of his sack, the former minister said he was at the hospital for a regular check-up when the news broke.

He however said the president had informed him about the decision to drop him a day earlier.

“I heard people saying that I slumped [upon hearing the news]. I leave those who concocted this lie to Allah.

“I knew I was ok. Those saying that I slumped should tell the place where I fell and where I was taken to.

“Initially people were careful not to reveal the news to me, unknown to them that the president had briefed a day earlier,” he added.

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