Nigeria’s acting President Goodluck Jonathan has dissolved the country’s cabinet and become its sole administrator.
It is only one month since he was appointed interim president in the absence of Nigeria’s ailing leader who is still too ill to return to his job.
Top civil servants are to take charge of government departments as of today until a new group of ministers, allied to Jonathan can be appointed.
The dissolving of cabinet is being seen as an attempt by Jonathan to consolidate his authority over the oil producing nation of 140 million people.
It comes as violence in Nigeria’s “Middle Belt” region between Muslims in the north and Christians in the south has increased.
Yesterday raiders armed with machetes killed at least 13 people, mainly women, in an attack on a village near the city of Jos.
It happened despite a dusk-to-dawn curfew which the military has enforced since January, due to clashes between Christian and Muslim mobs which have killed more than 400 people.