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Tinubu’s Ministerial Nominees: Mixed Reactions as Ministers are Unveiled



Tinubu – In a move that holds the promise of shaping the future direction of his administration, Bola Tinubu, the President of Nigeria, has submitted his list of ministerial nominees to the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio. The 28-man ministerial list is a blend of former Governors, economists, health experts, lawyers, “yes-men” and close allies of Tinubu.

The diverse lineup of nominees highlights the Tinubu’s supposed commitment to building a team that can address the multifaceted challenges facing Nigeria. Among the eminent individuals on the list are those whose past records aren’t without blemish.

Amb. Yusuf Maitama Tuggar CON: Ambassador Tuggar, born on 12th March 1967, is a seasoned diplomat who served as the Nigerian Ambassador to Germany under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. He is also a former member of the Nigerian House of Representatives and has contested for the Governorship of Bauchi State twice.

Arch. Ahmed Dangiwa: An architect by profession, Ahmed Dangiwa is currently the Managing Director/CEO of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria. With a strong background in real estate development and architecture, Dangiwa’s expertise is expected to contribute significantly to the country’s housing sector.

Barr. Hannatu Musawa: A lawyer, politician, and author, Hannatu Musawa has played various roles within the All Progressives Congress (APC). Hailing from Katsina State, she holds degrees in Law, Legal aspects of Marine Affairs, and Oil & Gas.

Chief Uche Nnaji: Chief Uche Nnaji, a former governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress in Enugu State, has a rich political background. With his experience as a former senatorial candidate and ties to influential figures, his nomination brings added political strength to the administration.

Dr. Betta Edu: Dr. Edu, a young and dynamic leader, previously served as the Cross River State Commissioner for Health and National Chairman of the Nigeria Health Commissioners Forum. Her impressive credentials include being a Harvard-certified professional and the youngest female National Women Leader of the All Progressives Congress.

Dr. Dorris Aniche Uzoka: Dr. Uzoka served as the former Commissioner for Finance and Coordinating Economy in Imo State. With her financial expertise and experience in public service, she can contribute significantly to economic matters.

Ex-Governor David Umahi: A two-term Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi’s vast experience in governance and politics will be an invaluable asset to the administration.

Ex-Governor Nyesom Wike: Nyesom Wike, the former Governor of Rivers State, brings his administrative prowess and experience to the table. His contributions to restructuring the capital city during his tenure as the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory are noteworthy.

Ex-Governor Mohammed Badaru Abubakar: A graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Ex-Governor Badaru served as the governor of Jigawa State from 2015 to 2023. His expertise in accounting and involvement in various committees will be an advantage.

Ex-Governor Nasir El-Rufai: Nasir El-Rufai, the immediate past Governor of Kaduna State, is a founding member of the ruling APC. His vast experience in governance, especially in the Federal Capital Territory and Kaduna State, will be an asset to the administration.The list continues with a host of other eminent individuals:

Rt. Hon. Ekperipe Ekpo: A renowned grassroots politician and former Council Chairman who served in the House of Representatives between 2007-2011.

Hon. Nkiru Onyejeocha: A ranking lawmaker in the Federal House of Representatives, known for her vibrancy and contributions to Nigerian politics.

Hon. Olubunmi Tunji Ojo: A seasoned lawmaker and ICT expert with numerous certifications and qualifications.

Stella Oketete: An influential figure within the All Progressives Congress (APC), who served as the National Women Leader of the APC Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC).

Bello Muhammad Goronyo: A former Commissioner for Information in Sokoto State and Chairman, Publicity and Media Committee of PDP Governorship Campaign Council.

Hon. Uju Kennedy Ohanenye: A businesswoman and grassroots politician with an impressive portfolio of accomplishments.

Dele Alake: A seasoned politician and former commissioner for Information and Strategy in Lagos State.

Lateef Fagbemi SAN: A Senior Advocate of Nigeria with significant contributions to the development of Law and Justice in Nigeria.

Olawale Edun: A financial expert and former Commissioner for Finance in Lagos State, known for his achievements in the financial sector.

Adebayo Adelabu: A former Deputy Governor, Operations of the Central Bank of Nigeria, and Oyo State gubernatorial candidate for the All Progressives Congress.

Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim: Former Director-General of NAPTIP and Honourable Federal Commissioner of the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants, and Internally Displaced Persons.

Prof. Ali Pate: A physician, public health leader, and former Minister of State for Health in Nigeria.

Prof. Joseph Utsev: A civil engineer, former Rector of the federal polytechnic, and former commissioner in the Samuel Ortom government.

Senator Abubakar Kyari: A former senator representing Borno North Senatorial District and acting national chairman of the APC.

Senator John Enoh: A former senator representing Cross River Central Senatorial District.

Sani Abubakar Danladi: Former Acting Governor and Deputy Governor of Taraba State and former senator representing Taraba North Senatorial Zone.

Engineer Abubakar Momoh: A civil engineer, two-time member of the House of Reps, and former commissioner in Edo State.

Muhammed Idris: Publisher of Blueprint Newspaper, a media entrepreneur with a Master’s degree in English Language.

This diverse and eminent list of ministerial nominees reflects President Tinubu’s commitment to building an inclusive and competent( and this is debatable )administration that can address Nigeria’s pressing challenges effectively. It remains to be seen how these nominees will contribute to shaping the country’s future and steering it towards progress and development.

Bola Tinubu’s unveiling of the 28-man ministerial nominees has generated both excitement and criticism from various quarters in Nigeria. While the Tinubu camp sees the diverse lineup of nominees as a step towards shaping a promising future for the country, many well-meaning Nigerians have raised concerns about some of the nominees’ backgrounds and characters.

One of the nominees that has drawn sharp criticism is Nasir El-Rufai, the immediate past Governor of Kaduna State. Critics accuse him of being involved in religious incitement and allege that he is responsible for the recurring massacres of Christians in Kaduna State. Such allegations raise doubts about his suitability for a ministerial position and have sparked calls for thorough scrutiny of his track record.

Similarly, Nyesom Wike, the former Governor of Rivers State, has faced criticism for his alleged involvement in daylight rigging during the last Presidential election. Accusations of instructing violence against officials who refuse to comply with his directives on manipulating election results cast a shadow over his nomination and raise questions about his integrity.

David Umahi, a two-term Governor of Ebonyi State, is another nominee who has faced scrutiny. Critics argue that his nomination may not be based on merit but on nepotism, as he is seen as a close ally of Tinubu. Such concerns about the nomination process raise doubts about the selection criteria and the potential for favoritism in forming the cabinet.

The critics’ stance is that the list appears to be populated by individuals with political affiliations to the All Progressives Congress (APC) or those who supported Tinubu’s bid for the presidency. This leads to suspicions that some nominees may have been chosen more for their loyalty and support rather than their qualifications and expertise. This perception of rewarding political allies with ministerial positions undermines the merit-based approach that many Nigerians expect from their leaders.

The fate of Nigeria is now in the hands of these nominees, and Nigerians will be closely watching to see how they handle the affairs of the country. The concerns raised by critics highlight the need for transparency, accountability, and a commitment to meritocracy in governance. The administration’s success will largely depend on the nominees’ ability to address the nation’s pressing challenges with competence, fairness, and integrity.

As Nigeria looks forward to a new era under Tinubu’s leadership, it is essential to prioritize the nation’s interests above personal or political considerations. Only by fostering a culture of meritocracy, inclusivity, and good governance can the administration build the trust and confidence of the Nigerian people and move the country towards progress and development.

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Christian Maximilian, a Software Engineer with an unwavering love for writing, has transformed his passion into a full-time profession as a Political Analyst. Combining technical expertise with creative flair, he crafts compelling stories that bridge the worlds of politics and literature.

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African Union Takes Action: Republic of Niger Suspended Amidst Political Unrest



In a decisive move that reverberated across the continent, the African Union (AU) announced the suspension of the Republic of Niger from its membership ranks.

This momentous decision was unveiled during the African Union’s Peace and Security Council meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Tuesday, August 22.

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The suspension stems from the recent political turmoil that engulfed the nation, with the African Union pointing to the coup orchestrated by Gen Abdourahamane Tchiani on Wednesday, July 26. As part of a series of sanctions imposed on the francophone West African country, the Republic of Niger faced the repercussions of its internal upheaval.

The African Union’s stance was uncompromising, as it made it clear that Western nations seeking to meddle in African affairs should refrain from interfering. This firm message was directed from the heart of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where the AU’s call for autonomy echoed loudly.

The events leading up to Niger’s suspension unfolded against a backdrop of political uncertainty and unrest. The coup in Niger, orchestrated by Gen Abdourahamane Tchiani, prompted the Afican Union to take action. Their decision to suspend Niger was not taken lightly and was ratified during the Peace and Security Council meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on August 22.

The aftermath of the military takeover in left President Mohamed Bazoum in captivity, held under the close watch of the juntas in Niger. Despite international pressure, the release of the president and his family remains elusive. This tense situation compelled the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to intervene, imposing sanctions on Niger and establishing a deadline for the initiation of military intervention by the sub-regional body’s standby forces.

The suspension of the Republic of Niger from the African Union serves as a stark reminder of the continent’s commitment to upholding stability and safeguarding democratic governance. The swift response underscores the African Union’s dedication to maintaining order and security within its member states, sending a resounding message to the global community about the importance of respecting Africa’s sovereignty.

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Peter Obi: “I Campaigned For Presidency Because I Can Say It Any Day, I Will Solve The Problem Of Nigeria”



In a recent tweet that has caught the attention of many, @MissPearls shares an inspiring declaration made by former Anambra state governor and Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi. According to @MissPearls, Peter Obi proclaimed, “I campaigned for Presidency because I can say it any day, I Will SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF NIGERIA. All these confusion everywhere can BE SOLVED, and I am PREPARED for it”

Peter Obi: I Campaigned For Presidency Because I Can Say It Any Day, I Will Solve The Problem Of Nigeria.

Peter Obi’s bid for the presidency in the recent elections stirred considerable excitement and garnered support from diverse quarters, particularly the youth demographic. The former governor is known for his progressive ideas and pragmatic approach to governance, which resonated with many Nigerians who sought change and effective solutions to the country’s myriad challenges.

Despite his extensive support and well-articulated vision, Peter Obi’s presidential ambitions faced formidable opponents in the election. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released results that placed him behind the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who emerged as the winner, and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who came second. However, these results were met with skepticism due to apparent electoral irregularities that marred the integrity of the process.

In response to the controversial election outcome, both Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar filed legal challenges against the INEC’s declaration. This move underscores their commitment to upholding the democratic process and ensuring that the voice of the electorate is accurately reflected. As the election Tribunal Judges prepare to deliver their verdict, Nigeria watches with bated breath, eager to witness justice being served.

Meanwhile, the administration of Mr. Bola Ahmed Tinubu has taken significant policy actions since assuming office. The removal of fuel subsidies and the decision to float the Naira have triggered mixed reactions across the nation. While these measures may be intended to foster economic stability and growth, the immediate consequences have been felt by everyday Nigerians. The cost of living has surged, and the socio-economic effects on the rich and the poor have become more pronounced.

As the Nigerian population navigates these shifts, the aftermath of the election and the ensuing governance strategies offer a critical juncture for evaluating the nation’s trajectory. The voices of discontent, expressed by citizens facing the brunt of these policies, highlight the necessity for leaders to prioritize the well-being of the populace while pursuing economic advancements. It is essential for the government to strike a balance between fiscal prudence and safeguarding the interests of the vulnerable segments of society.

The policy changes implemented by Bola Tinubu have shed light on the delicate balance between progress and the welfare of the people. As the nation waits for the tribunal’s judgment and the dust settles on the recent election, Nigeria stands at a crossroads, with the potential to reshape its future trajectory and address the systemic challenges that have held it back for far too long.

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Youths in Kano Defy Police Ban to Protest Alleged Tribunal Bribery



Hundreds of determined youths in Kano took to the streets, defying a police ban, to protest what they perceive as attempts to manipulate the state election petition tribunal. This incident unfolded against the backdrop of a ban on protests by the Commissioner of Police, Usuani Gumel, following revelations of alleged plots to obstruct justice through financial inducement in legal proceedings.

Youths in kano

The rally, which unfolded outside the state government house, saw impassioned youths brandishing placards with messages that underscored their commitment to justice and the integrity of the electoral process. Their actions were sparked by concerns over an alleged plan to bribe the state election petition tribunal, casting a shadow over the fairness of the process.

The ban on protests was issued in response to recent revelations made by Justice Flora Azinge, who unveiled purported schemes by lawyers to disrupt the course of justice through financial incentives. The Commissioner of Police cited “confirmatory intelligence products” as the basis for this decision, leaving a contentious atmosphere surrounding the freedom of assembly and the right to peaceful protest.

This ban, however, failed to deter the resolute youths who carried a variety of placards conveying their strong stance against corruption, manipulation, and injustice. The slogans they chanted resonated with their determination to safeguard the sanctity of the electoral process and uphold transparency in governance.

Among the messages displayed, one placard caught the eye with its direct callout: “Gandollar, stop spoiling the name of Tinubu.” This highlights the allegation that financial impropriety is tainting the reputation of key political figures.

In a video circulated online, the enthusiastic protesters chanted slogans that echoed their deep-seated concerns. Chants of “No to corruption,” “No to injustice,” and “No to manipulation” reverberated through the crowd, embodying the youth’s unwavering commitment to fair and accountable governance.

Addressing the gathering, Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf praised the peaceful conduct of the protesters and assured them that their concerns would be relayed to President Bola Tinubu. This gesture recognizes the role of the youth in shaping political discourse and underscores the importance of their voices in the pursuit of a just society.

In conclusion, the youths in Kano have seized the moment to voice their concerns and demands for an unbiased electoral process. Their defiance of the police ban serves as a reminder that public sentiment cannot be easily suppressed. As this incident unfolds, it raises important questions about the delicate balance between freedom of assembly, legitimate protest, and maintaining public order. It also underscores the critical role of the youth in shaping the political landscape and demanding accountability from their leaders.

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