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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