Sale Mamman, a former energy minister, said he was made a minister within two hours of meeting President Muhammadu Buhari.
In an interview with BBC Hausa on Saturday, Mamman said he never imagined he would be appointed a minister because he never asked for the position nor lobbied for it.
Mamman and his Agriculture and Rural Development counterpart, Sabo Nanono, were sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday.
As for the rumour that he collapsed after learning of his dismissal, the former minister said he learned of the news via social media, just as many Nigerians did.
“I know I am hale and hearty. Even when I received the news of the sack, I was in hospital for my regular check. Those close to me were even suggesting that I shouldn’t be told so I won’t get either heart attack or hypertension. Some people later called me and informed me, but I told them that the president had already informed me a day earlier.
During the interview, he thanked the president for giving him the opportunity to serve under him and promised to remain in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).