President Muhammadu Buhari is planning to expand his presidential cabinet as he gears up for his re-election bid in 2019.

The president announced this on Twitter on Tuesday, saying that the cabinet expansion will “bring in more people and fresh ideas, for the ultimate benefit of the people of Nigeria.”

SaharaReporters learned that Mr. Buhari plans to appoint two ministers from Lagos State and Kano State in addition to six ministers from each geopolitical zone.

It was also gathered that he will appoint more women to his cabinet.

Members of Mr. Buhari’s cabinet were inaugurated in November 2015.

The president faced criticism over the exclusion of women in his cabinet. Out of the 36 cabinet members, only six are women.

Critics were also disappointed that the average age in the cabinet was 52 at the time of their inauguration.

Mr. Buhari’s expanded cabinet will likely appeal to a broader section of the Nigerian population as he prepares his re-election campaign in 2019.

President Muhammadu Buhari during his Independence Day speech

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