Nigeria’s New Cabiniet Ministers


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After a long wait, Nigeria’s President Umaru Yar’Adua has finally completed his cabinet reshuffle. The list of “new” ministers is underwhelming and there are no radical differences.  The notorious Attorney-General and Justice Minister Michael Aondoakaa has been retained (he of Ribadu hounding and Ibori protecting fame).  So do not expect any corrupt ministers, officials or former Governors who looted the state treasury to be prosecuted any time soon. As long as Aondoakaa remains in office, Nigeria will remain a Shangri-La for looters of state funds.

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Noteworthy new ministers are Professor Dora Akunyili – formerly head of Nigeria’s National Agency for Food And Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC). When it was announced that she was shortlisted for a ministry, it was presumed she would be made the new Minister of Health (she is a Professor of Pharmacy). However instead she was instead appointed Minister of Information and Communications (the government’s chief propaganda minister) which is an odd post for a Pharmacy Professor who gained fame battling peddlers of fake pharmaceutical drugs.

New Minister of Information and Communications Dora Akunyili

New Minister of Information and Communications, Dora Akunyili

Lots of old “new” faces in the new Federal Executive Council.  The former OPEC Secretary-General Dr Rilwanu Lukman returns to the government yet again as Petroleum Minister. As a reminder, Lukman first held this post under the regime of Ibrahim Babangida in 1986 – 22 years ago (yes TWENTY TWO).  He also served as Babangida’s Minister of Mines, Power and Steel, and as Foreign Minister.  He was an energy adviser to the immediate past government of President Obasanjo.

New Petroleum Minister Rilwanu Lukman

New Petroleum Minister Rilwanu Lukman

Another familiar face is the new Minister for Special Duties Ambassador Ibrahim Musa Kazaure. I recall cringing with embarassment several years ago when immediately after the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa and other Ogoni activists by the Abacha regime, Kazaure appeared on national television in the UK to defend the execution and Abacha’s regime. Kazaure was then serving in an ambassadorial role for the Abacha military regime.

The full list of the key Federal Executive Council ministers (Ministers of State are excluded):

Agriculture and Water Resources: Dr Abba Sayyadi Ruma

Attorney-General and Minister of Justice: Michael Aondoakaa

Aviation: Mr. Babatunde Omotoba

Culture & Tourism: Bello J. Gada

Defence: Dr. Shettima Mustapha

Education: Dr. Sam Egwu

Environment: John Odeh Ogar

Federal Capital Territory: M.A. Aliero

Finance: Mansur Mukhtar

Foreign Affairs: Ojo Maduekwe

Health: Prof. B. Osotimehin

Information & Communications: Prof. Dora Akunyili

Interior: Major-General Godwin Abbe (retired)

Justice Minister & Attorney-General of the Federation: Michael Kaase Aondoakaa

Labour: Chief A. Kayode

Mines and Steel: Dizeani Allison-Madueke

Niger Delta: Ufot Ekaette

Petroleum: Dr. Rilwanu Lukman

Police Affairs: Dr. I.Y. Lame

Science and Technology: Dr. A. B. Zaku

Special Duties: Ibrahim Musa Kazaure

Tourism and Culture: Adetokunbo Kayode

Transport: Alhaji Ibrahim Bio

Women’s Affairs: Mrs. S.H. Sulaiman

Works and Housing: Dr. Hassan M. Lawal

Youth Development: Akinlabi Olasunkanmi

Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria: Chukwuma Soludo

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10 responses

  1. Glory to God for the new set of people we are having in the cabinet,and also for the wisdom given to Mr President even to appoint these great men & women, i pray that the aunction to function ‘ll be released upon them…’amen’. Moreover,they should have the fear of God in everything they do, ‘cos He has set His wroth & distructions upon every evildoers in the land. ‘Long live Nigeria’, Merry christmas & Happy new year in advernce.

  2. Its a great subject keep informative

  3. Nigerian. Nigeria….. na wa, why dem go put the woman way for day in charge of Minister of Health. una come go putam for information and communication. whatin she inform and watin she day coummun? just because say una put tam for this post, them don they produce fake peak milk way we enen tink say na yim be the best milk so far. just on xmas day some pinkin dey shit and vomit. well only god na Him go save our countory. na wa for PDP oooh. information and communication solution to pik out those fake pepole. Eh, i hear say, we don da use diffrent cap on top of okada. dey say na elment. i come da see even factory elmnt. na wa oooh. our solution don come. if head da sick the whole body no go dey sound. baba GOD help us for this countary ooooooooooooooooh.

  4. EBHODAGHE FUNMI(MRS) | Reply

    Thanks for your informative message.

    Please who is now the minister of power in the new cabinet.

    Good work u are doing. We continue to pray for this country.

  5. Alao o. Samuel | Reply

    Ogagun yar’adua don come again wit sum kin smesme wey go divert our attentn from d 7-point agenda.
    Na God go help us o.

  6. EJIKE ANYADUBA | Reply

    Until the rotten tooth is out the mouth must chew with caution.Until we stop recycling some expired names in the appointment of Ministers so long shall we continue to grope in the darkness of underdevelopment.

  7. please further steps should be taken to ensure that curruption,unemployment,inappropriate economic budget and its implementstion be eradicated FOR A VIEWABLE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT.

  8. ONADEKO SAMSON | Reply

    I DON’T JUST KNOW WHY BIG COMPANYS,BANKS WILL BE DISCRIMINATING BETWEEN HND AND BSC HOLDER.
    PLS SEND THIS MESSAGE TO MR PRESIDENT TO HAVE SOLUTION TO IT BCOS PEOPLE ARE IN TOWN JOBLESS PURPOSELY BCOS THEY DON’T HAVE BSC AS THEIR FIRST DEGREE.
    PLS HELP US

  9. OJIE MARINO
    I THINK THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD LOOK BACK AT WHAT PEOPLE HAVE DONE BEFORE THEY APPOINT, RATHER THAN COMPENSATING THEM WITH MINISTERIAL POST . THIS IS BAD IN THE SIGHT OF GOD AND MAN . IMAGIN NIGERIANS ARE ALL OVER THE WORLD SEEKING FOR BETTER LIFE WITH DESCRIMNATION ATTACHED TO ALL THESE. WE PRAY THESE SO CALLED LEADER SHOULD CHANGE FROM THEIR BAD WAYS AND TURN A GOOD LEAVE.GRADUATES ARE LEAVING BECAUSE OF COORUPTION IN THE COUNTRY , IF DO NOT KNOW ANYBODY IT IS DIFFICULT TO GET A JOB, BUT THERE ARE UNFUNCTIONAL PARASATALS OR MINISTRIES CREATED TO SOLVE THESE PROBLEMS , RATHER THEY SOLVE THEIR OWN AND THE MASSES CAN DIE .I LEFT MY COUNTRY NIGERIA BECAUSE OF HARDSHIP DESPIT MY EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND .
    I PRAY FOR MY COUNTRY THAT ONE DAY ALL THESE WILL BE STORIES .

  10. Thanks to God for our new president, I will be happy if our new president will look into the matter of unemployment to the youths of this nation and also look into the matter of FUEL because the good people of this nation are suffering. GOD HELPS US ALL. BRAVO MY PRESIDENT. +2348033887337

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