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Mr. Bola Tinubu’s Ministerial List Sparks Speculation and Anticipation among Nigerians

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Following the recent inauguration of the National Assembly, Nigerians are eagerly anticipating the announcement of Mr. Bola Tinubu’s cabinet, as they hope for an accelerated governance process. However, what has captured attention is the appointment of some individuals who were rumored to be on Tinubu’s ministerial list as Special Advisers by the Mr. Tinubu himself.

On Thursday, Mr. Tinubu unveiled a list of eight Special Advisers, having previously obtained Senate approval for 12 Special Advisers. While the appointment of Special Advisers is significant, ministers hold a higher rank within the cabinet, as they exercise control over various Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) of the government.

By law, Tinubu is required to announce his cabinet within 60 days of assuming office on May 29 and submit it to the Senate for confirmation. In March 2023, former President Muhammed Buhari signed into law 16 constitutional bills, one of which stipulates that the President must form a cabinet within two months of taking office.

During Buhari’s first term in 2015, it took him six months to name his ministers, a delay that was widely criticized for hampering effective governance. With the Senate already inaugurated this week, analysts believe the stage is now set for Tinubu to submit his ministerial list to the upper chamber for confirmation. Prompt action in this regard would signal Tinubu’s readiness to tackle the enormous task of improving the lives of Nigerians who have suffered under the previous administration.

According to sources close to the seat of power at Aso Rock Presidential Villa, there is a possibility that the ministerial list is already prepared for submission to the Senate. However, they suggest that the deadline for composing the cabinet may be set for July. Lobbying for ministerial appointments reportedly began immediately after Tinubu emerged victorious in the February 25, 2023 election. Numerous names, including politicians and technocrats, have been circulating in the media as potential nominees.

Among the individuals touted as potential ministerial candidates are former Governors Muhammad Badaru (Jigawa), Atiku Badaru (Kebbi), Raji Fashola (Lagos), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Bello Matawalle (Zamfara), Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Gboyega Oyetola (Osun), Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), and Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna). Former ministers such as Festus Keyamo, Isa Pantami, and Femi Fani-Kayode are also being mentioned. Additionally, names like Kachifu Inuwa, Tanimu Yakubu, Hadiza Bala Usman, Hanatu Musawa, Betty Edu, and Rt. Hon. Dimeji Bankole have found their way into the rumored ministerial list.

The Nigerian Constitution provides for one minister per state, allowing for a total of 36 ministers, including ministers and ministers of state. Some quarters have suggested that the cabinet should reflect a government of national unity, with inputs from opposition parties. However, the Tinubu Campaign swiftly rejected this suggestion.

What is clear is that All Progressives Congress (APC) governors will have a say in determining the nominees from their respective states. In non-APC states, failed governorship candidates in the 2023 polls and party leaders may influence the selection process for ministerial slots. It has been reported that APC governors have been asked to submit three names from each state, from which the Mr. Tinubu will have the prerogative to choose one as a minister.

Adding to the intrigue, some of the alleged potential nominees were recently appointed as Special Advisers by Tinubu. For instance, Mr. Dele Alake was appointed as Special Adviser for Special Duties, Communications, and Strategy, while Mr. Wale Edun became the Special Adviser for Monetary Policies. Both individuals were previously rumored to be potential ministerial nominees, with Alake speculated to head the Information Ministry and Edun possibly taking on the Finance Ministry.

Interestingly, there are whispers that one of the Special Advisers may have initially been hesitant about accepting the position, as they had their sights set on a ministerial portfolio. However, they were eventually convinced to embrace the appointment. The secrecy surrounding the ministerial list is notable, as only a select few individuals in Tinubu’s inner circle have access to it.

Amidst all the speculations and behind-the-scenes maneuvering, there is growing anxiety across the states among APC members. They insist that only genuine party members should be appointed as ministers, as anything short of this may not bode well for the APC. The mood within the party emphasizes the importance of maintaining a sense of loyalty and cohesion within its ranks.

As Nigerians await the unveiling of Tinubu’s cabinet, there is a sense of anticipation and hope for a new era of governance. The composition of the cabinet will play a crucial role in shaping the direction and priorities of the Tinubu administration. With the country facing numerous challenges, including security concerns, economic recovery, and social development, the choice of competent and capable ministers is paramount.

The spotlight is on Mr. Bola Tinubu as he finalizes his ministerial list and prepares to take the next step in the governance process. The expectations of Nigerians are high, as they eagerly await the announcement of a capable and effective team that will work towards addressing the pressing needs of the nation.

In the coming weeks, as the political landscape continues to evolve, all eyes will be on Tinubu and the Senate as they navigate the process of confirming the nominated ministers. The success of the Tinubu administration hinges on the ability to form a competent and cohesive cabinet that can deliver on the promises made during the election campaign.

Only time will tell who will make the final cut and assume positions of leadership within the federal government. Until then, Nigerians remain hopeful that the incoming administration will bring about positive change and steer the nation towards a brighter future.

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