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.

The US president also announced the appointment of Gina Haspel as the head the Central Intelligence Agency — the first woman tapped for the post.

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Tillerson in his maiden tour of Africa visited Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya since last Wednesday.

He was also received on a visit to Nigeria on Monday.

Tillerson was received at the presidential villa in Abuja by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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