Ten Nigerian cabinet ministers, including a junior oil minister, have resigned to run in next year’s election, the information minister said on Friday, and the president has promised to replace them to keep the government afloat.

On Thursday, the government asked all ministers, ambassadors, heads of agencies and other political appointments, including the head of the central bank, to resign on May 16 or until May 16 if they decide to join the 2023 election race.

Other ministers who have resigned include the ministers of justice, transport, labor, the Niger Delta, science and technology, and women’s affairs. Junior miners and education ministers have also resigned, Information Minister Lai Mohammed said.

President Muhammadu Bukhara said the replacement would be made without delay, “so that the management business is not affected.”

Bukhara, who is also acting senior oil minister, will resign after two four-year terms after the February 2023 vote.

Now ahead of next year’s election, Nigeria faces many challenges, including insecurity, terrorism, banditry, kidnappings, ritual killings, a weak currency amid double-digit inflation and slow growth.

There is also separatist agitation that has sparked regional calls for a separation of powers between southern and northern Nigeria.

Naira, has reached a record low of 598 per dollar on the black market, where it trades freely since election-related spending hit the currency.

On Wednesday, Bukhara ordered the resignation of all appointed officials seeking elected office.

Vice President Yemi Asinbaja, who wants to change Bukhara, has been exempted from the directive because he was elected along with incumbent President Bukhara.

A spokesman for the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) party said central banker Godwin Emefiele could demand a ruling party ticket to next year’s presidential race, urging him to resign over his political ambitions.

Emefiele has asked a federal court to ban the Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Attorney General from blocking his application for next year’s presidential election while in office, which the court rejected.

Nigeria’s political parties must choose their candidates by June 3. The APC Bukhara will hold primary elections to select candidates, including for president, later this month.

More than 20 APC candidates have registered to run in the primary vote for the presidential ticket.

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