United States President Donald Trump on Tuesday sacked U.S. Secretary of State, Mr Rex Tillerson.
The President made this announcement in a tweet on his official Twitter handle @realdonaldtrump
He also immediately announced Director of CIA, Mike Pompeo as the successor.
“Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job!
“Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service!” Trump tweeted.
While details of the sack are not made available by the President, he had also announced the appointment of Gina Haspel as the head the Central Intelligence Agency — the first woman tapped for the post.
The news of the shocking sack is coming a day after Tillerson visited Nigeria.
Tillerson was received at the presidential villa in Abuja on Monday by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Tillerson in his maiden tour of Africa had also visited Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya since last Wednesday.