Nigeria’s ministerial list was not worth the wait

The ministerial list for the second term of President Muhamadu Buhari was yesterday sent to the Nigerian Senate for confirmation 54 days after been sworn in as president. The delay in having a minster was criticized by a lot of Nigerians who believed that since it was his second term, it would have been easier to nominate his ministers without so much delay. It would be recalled that prior to the release of this list president Buhari said that he would only nominate people well known to him as ministers.

However to the surprise of many Nigerians the list of the ministers that was released is nothing to write home about as the president did not appoint Technocrats but rather the same set of people who are politically affiliated to the current administration or ruling party. 

This ministerial list was also marred with several issues ranging from not appointing a youth as minister to having only a few women in his cabinet, 0nly 7 out of 43 Nominees are women.

One would question if the president has sworn never to have at least 40 percent women representation in his cabinet. Maybe he has also sworn not to have a youth as a minister in his cabinet after signing the not too young to run bill before his second term election.

It will also amaze you to know that some names on the list have at one time been guest of the  Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to answer charges on corruption while some others have pending corruption cases in court. The president did not also add a portfolio to their names in order to aid the screening process. 

Below is the full list of nominees according to their geopolitical zones


  1. Muhammadu Musa Bello – Adamawa State
  2. Adamu Adamu – Bauchi State 
  3. Mariam Katagum – Bauchi State (Female)
  4. Mustafa Baba Shehuri – Borno State 
  5. Ali Isa Pantami – Gombe State
  6. Sale Mamman – Taraba State
  7. Abubakar Aliyu – Yobe State


  1. Suleiman Adamu – Jigawa State
  2. Zainab Ahmed – Kaduna State (Female)
  3. Muhammad Mahmood – Kaduna State
  4. Sabo Nanono – Kano State
  5. Bashir Salihi Magashi – Kano State
  6. Hadi Sirika – Katsina State 
  7. Abubakar Malami – Kebbi State 
  8. Maigarai Dingyadi – Sokoto State
  9. Sadiya Umar Faruk – Zamfara State (Female)


  1. George Akume – Benue State
  2. Ramatu Tijjani – Kogi State (Female)
  3. Mohammed Abdullahi – Nasarawa State
  4. Zubair Dada – Niger State
  5. Pauline Tallen – Plateau State (Female)
  6. Lai Mohammed – Kwara State 
  7. Gbemisola Saraki – Kwara State (Female)


  1. Ikechukwu Ogah – Abia State
  2. Chris Ngige – Anambra State
  3. Sharon Ikaezor – Anambra State (Female)
  4. Ogbonnaya Onu – Ebonyi State 
  5. Emeka Nwajiuba – Imo State
  6. Geoffrey Onyeama – Enugu State


  1. Olamilekan Adegbite – Ogun State
  2. Babatunde Raji Fashola – Lagos State
  3. Adeleke Mamora – Lagos State
  4. Niyi Adebayo – Ekiti State
  5. Olutayo Alasoadura – Ondo State
  6. Rauf Aregbesola – Osun State
  7. Sunday Dare – Oyo State


  1. Godswill Akpabio – Akwa Ibom State
  2. Timipre Sylva – Bayelsa State
  3. Festus Keyamo – Delta State
  4. Goddy Jedy Agba – Cross River
  5. Osagie Ehanire – Edo State 
  6. Clement Ike – Edo State
  7. Rotimi Amaechi – Rivers State