President Buhari’s cabinet looks like Nigeria


It has been a very busy week for Nigeria’s President Buhari, the 72-year old has had the enormous task of dismissing and replacing quite a number of Senior Officials, as well as inaugurating a new cabinet, which he did on Wednesday the 11th of November.

Over time, President Buhari has received an incredible amount of backlash for a number of things, including the amount of time he has taken to produce a ministerial list. When he finally submitted a complete list, which he did in two parts, he was criticised on the lack of inclusivity, particularly in the areas of gender, ethnicity and youth representation.

Regarding the representation of women, though there are only six women on the Federal Executive Council, President Buhari strove to include more women in his recent appointment of Federal Permanent Secretaries, where he had 13 women appointed.

Although not much can be said on youth representation, the President did well in designing a diverse cabinet with members that cut across the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria. Every state, but the Federal Capital Territory, is duly represented in the President’s cabinet.

State Minister Ministry
Abia State Okechukwu Enelamah Trade, Industry, and Investment
Adamawa State Muhammadu Bello Federal Capital Territory
Akwa Ibom State Udo Udo Udoma Budget and National Planning
Anambra State Chris Ngige Labour and Employment
Bauchi State Adamu Adamu Education
Bayelsa State Heineken Lokpobiri Agriculture (State)
Benue State Audu Ogbeh Agriculture
Borno State Mustapha Baba Shehuri Power (State)
Cross River State Pastor Usani Uguru Niger Delta
Delta State Ibe Kachikwu Petroleum (State)
Ebonyi State Ogbonaya Onu Science and Technology
Edo State Osagie Ehanire State for Health
Ekiti State Kayode Fayemi Solid Minerals
Enugu State Geoffrey Onyema Foreign Affairs
Federal Capital Territory
Gombe State Amina Mohammed Environment
Imo State Prof Anthony Onwuka State for Education
Jigawa State Suleiman Adamu Water Resources
Kaduna State Zainab Ahmed Budget (State)
Kano State Abdulrahman Dambazau Interior
Katsina State Senator Hadi Sirika Aviation (State)
Kebbi State Abubakar Malami Justice
Kogi State Barr James Ocholi Labour (State)
Kwara State Lai Mohammed Information
Lagos State Babatunde Raji Fashola Power, Works and Housing
Nasarawa State Ibrahim Usman Jibril Environment (State)
Niger State Abubakar Bawa Bwari Solid Minerals (State)
Ogun State Kemi Adeosun Finance
Ondo State Cladius Omoleye Daramola Niger Delta (State)
Osun State Isaac Adewole Folorunsho Health
Oyo State Barr. Adebayo Shittu Communications
Plateau State Solomon Dalong Youths and Sports
Rivers State Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi Transportation
Sokoto State Aisha Abubakar Trade and Investment (State)
Taraba State Aisha Alhassan Women Affairs
Yobe State Khadija Bukar Abba Foreign Affairs
Zamfara State Dan Ali Defence

With this, President Muhammadu Buhari can say he has designed a cabinet that looks like Nigeria, relatively. Maybe now the critics will give him some breathing space as the attention shifts to the new ministers who already have quite some work cut out for them, considering the state of the country’s economy.

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