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Buhari’s New Cabinet List: Religious Names Becloud Ethnicity Of Many Northern Nominees

The Oasis Reporters

July 23, 2019

President Muhammadu Buhari at his  Ibadan Campaign rally. 

Within two months of being sworn in, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has sent the list of his ministerial nominees to the Senate that is perceived to be friendlier to the Executive and is therefore expected to  speedily approve it.

The @OfficialPDPNig however
has describes President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial list presented to the “Senate today as colourless, stagnant, uninspiring and do not convey any sense of hope or purposeful governance under the @OfficialAPCNg”‘ in a tweet by the country’s biggest opposition party.

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Festus Keyamo, who played a key role in the presidential election on behalf of the All Progressives Congress, APC, made the list from Delta North senatorial district.
That is also where the former ministerial representative from the state and ex Deputy minister of Petroleum, Dr. Kachikwu Ibe hails from, as well as the CBN governor and the State governor, Dr.Ifeanyi Okowa.

Sen Godswill Akpabio and the immediate past minister of information, Lai Mohammed equally made it to the 43 ministerial list sent to the Senate for confirmation by President Muhammadu Buhari. In adherence to section 167 (2), President Buhari attached CV to the 42 ministerial nominees.

A cursory look at the nominees especially from the far north that is predominantly Muslim, might reveal that a particular ethnicity seem to have more, even though the Muslims in the north are from diverse tribes.

Benue state in the North Central region has former governor George Akume as nominee. He’s Tiv by tribe, like all other former and current governors of the state. The rest ethnic groups have been shut out.

Kaduna state also presents another interesting scenario. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed is one of the nominees. Female, just like the new deputy governor, and both of them seem to be Muslims, inclusive of the governor. The second nominee is Dr. Muhammad Mahmoud. Most likely to be Muslim. Much mentioned former deputy governor dropped by the State governor, Barnabas Bala Bantex who people believed would make it to the list, is still out in the cold.

Christians are unlikely to have a voice in the state that has several faultlines.

Kwara State has two Muslims filling the slot for the state, Lai Mohammed and Gbemisola Saraki. The state governor is also a Muslim. Like Osun State, where ex governor, Rauf Aregbesola is the nominee, the state governor too, is another.

The full list may look like it could need a lot more diversity infusion. For now, it seems to resemble the accusation of lacking colour and uninspiring as the PDP has said about it.

The full list of nominees sent to the Senate by President Buhari

1. Abia Dr. Ukechukwu Ogah
2. Adamawa Muhammadu Musa Bello
3. Akwa Ibom Sen. Godswill Akpabio
4. Anambra Dr. Chris N. Ngige
5. Anambra Sharon O. Ikeazor
6. Bauchi Adamu Adamu
7. Bauchi Amb. Mariam Y. Katagum
8. Bayelsa Timipre Sylva
9. Benue Sen. George Akume
10. Borno Mustapha Baba Shehuri
11. Cross River Goddy Jedy – Agba
12. Delta Festus Keyamo, SAN
13. Ebonyi Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu
14. Edo Dr. Osagie Ehanire
15. Edo Clement IK Anade Agba
16. Ekiti Otunba Richard Adeniyi Adebayo
17. Enugu Geoffrey Onyeama
18. Gombe Dr. Ali Isa Ibrahim Pantami
19. Imo Emeka Nwajiuba
20. Jigawa Engr. Suleiman H. Adamu
21. Kaduna Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed
22. Kaduna Dr. Muhammad Mahmoud
23. Kano Sabo Nanono
24. Kano Maj. Gen. (RTD) Bashir Salihi Magashi
25. Katsina Sen. Hadi Sirika
26. Kebbi Abubakar Malami
27. Kogi Ramatu Tijjani
28. Kwara Lai Mohammed
29. Kwara Gbemisola Saraki
30. Lagos Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN)
31. Lagos Sen. Adeleke O. Mamora
32. Nasarawa Mohammed H. Abdullahi
33. Niger Amb. Zubairu Dada
34. Ogun Arch. Olamilekan Adegbite
35. Ondo Sen. Tayo D. Alasoadura
36. Osun Rauf Aregbesola
37. Oyo Sunday Dare
38. Plateau Pauline Tallen
39. Rivers Rotimi Amaechi
40. Sokoto Muhammadu Maigari Dingyadi
41. Taraba Eng. Saleh Mamman
42. Yobe Abubakar D. Aliyu
43. Zamfara Sadiya Umar Farouk

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