Nigeria’s acting president swears in officials

 Nigerian Vice President Goodluck Jonathan swore in 17 top civil servants on Thursday in a sign of government business returning to normal after he became acting head of state.

The appointments of the permanent secretaries, in charge of Nigeria’s ministries and other top offices, had been delayed by the absence of President Umaru Yar’Adua, who has been hospitalised in Saudi Arabia since November.

Jonathan assumed full presidential powers on Tuesday with the support of parliament and the cabinet, filling a leadership vacuum that had threatened to paralyse government work in sub-Saharan Africa’s second biggest ecopnomy.

In his first major step on Wednesday, Jonathan removed the influential justice minister and shifted him to a less central position.

Swearing-in the permanent secretaries in Abuja, Jonathan told them that they should not tolerate corruption.

The permanent secretaries play a vital role in implementing government policy.



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