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Awaiting Buhari’s list of ministers

By Eric Teniola

ONLY four elected Nigerian leaders have had the opportunity of presenting lists of ministers after re-election. They are Sir AbubakarTafawa Balewa (1912-1966), first and only Prime Minister of Nigeria; President Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari (1925-2018), President Olusegun Obasanjo (82) and now President Muhammadu Buhari (76). President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua (August 16, 1951-May 5, 2010) died in his first term without completing his term while President Goodluck Jonathan lost the presidential election while seeking a re-election in 2015.

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Except Sir Tafawa Balewa, both President Shagari and President Obasanjo retained less than eight per cent of the ministers that they appointed in their first term. We do not know the percentage of ministers President Buhari will retain in his second term but expectedly he will do it in his own way in spite of current rumours and innuendos. Re-elected presidents are very difficult to predict in their second term. The same goes with appointments of special advisers, senior special assistants and ambassadors.

In 1963, the following were appointed as ministers by Sir Tafawa Balewa. They are: Alhaji Muhammadu Ribadu, NNA,- Defence; Chief Festus Okotie-Eboh, UPGA,-Finance; Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Wada, NNA,-Works and Survey; Alhaji Zanna Bukar Dipcharima, NNA, – Commerce and Industries and Transport; Alhaji Shehu Shagari, NNA,- Internal Affairs and Communications; Alhaji Yusufu Maitama Sule, NNA, – Mines and Power; Alhaji Ibrahim Waziri, NNA, – Economic Development and Education; Alhaji Musa Yar’Adua, NNA, – Lagos Affairs; Dr. T.O. Elias (formerly NCNC) -Attorney-General and Justice; Dr. M.A. Majekodunmi (no party affiliation) – Health and Information; Chief J.C. Obande, NNA, – Establishments and Labour. Those appointed ministers of state were: Dr. K.O. Mbadiwe, UPGA; Alhaji Nuhu Bamali, NNA; Alhaji Usman Mitambari, NNA; Alhaji Hashim Adaji, NNA, and Alhaji Ibrahim Tako, NNA.

After the 1964 general elections, Sir Tafawa Balewa appointed the following as Ministers of States. They were: Alhaji Nuhu Bamali, external affairs, Mr. Jaja Nwachukwu, finance, Mr. M.T. Mbu, defence -navy; Alhaji Usman Maitambari, transport; Alhaji Hashim Adaji, works; Alhaji Ibrahim Tako, defence – army; Mr. T.E. Orodi, Lagos affairs; Chief H.O. Davies, industries; Chief A. Akerele, information; Alhaji Abdul Razaq, transport; and Mr. D. Ibekwe, external affairs. The prime minister also appointed the following as ministers of cabinet rank. They were Alhaji Muhammadu Ribadu, defence; Chief Fesus Okie-Eboh, finance; Alhaji Shehu Shagari, internal affairs; Alhaji Mahammadu Inuwa Wada, works; Alhaji Zanna Bukar Dipcharima, transport; Mr. Raymond Njoku, communications; Dr. Kingsley O. Mbadiwe, trade; Mr. Jaja Nwachukwu, aviation; Chief Adeniran Ogunsanya, housing and surveys; Chief A.M.A. Akinloye, industries; Chief Ayo Rosiji, information; Mr. R.A. Akinjide, education; Mr. Adeleke Adedoyin, labour; Mr. Alade Lamuye, natural resources and research; Alhaji Yusufu Maitama Sule, mines and power; Alhaji Waziri Ibrahim, economic development; Dr. T.O. Elias, attorney-general and justice; Dr. M.A. Majekodunmi, health; and Chief J. C. Obande, establishments.

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On Thursday October 18, 1979, President Shehu Shagari wrote to then Senate President, Dr. Joseph Wayas, requesting Senate approval for the following as ministers with cabinet ranks. They were M. Mohammed Ibrahim Hassan (Bauchi), M. Adamu Chiroma (Borno), Mr. Isaac Shaahu and Mr. Paul Unongo (Benue), Professor Iya Abubakar (Gongola), Alhaji Umaru Dikko and Professor Ishaya Audu (Kaduna), Alhaji Bello Maitama Yusuf (Kano), Alhaji Akanbi Oniyangi (Kwara), Alhaji Ndagi Mamudu (Niger), Mrs. Adenike Ebun Oyagbola (Ogun), Mr. Samuel Adebisi Ogedengbe (Ondo), Chief Richard O. Akinjide (Oyo), Mr. John Jatau Kadiya, Mr. George Baba Hoomkwap (Plateau), Mr. Victor Masi (Rivers), Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau (Sokoto), Mr. D.C. Ugwu and Mr. Chimezie Ikeazor (Anambra), Professor Sunday Matthew Essang (Cross River), Mr. Israel Amadi Emina (Bendel), Dr. Sylvester Ugoh and Dr. I.I. Maduike, and Dr. Wahab Olaseinde Dosunmu (Lagos).

President Shagari also submitted the following as ministers with non-cabinet rank. They were Alhaji Ahmed Musa (Bauchi), Chief P. Bolokor, Alhaji Asheikh Jarma, Alhaji Ali Baba, M. IroAbubakar Dan-Musa, Alhaji Bilyamin Usman (Kano), Mr. Ademola Thomas (Lagos), Chief Olu Awotesu (Ogun), Chief Mrs. J. Akinrinade (Oyo), Alhaji Ahmudu Nahuce (Sokoto), Chief E. Okoi-Obuli (Cross River), Mallam Mamman Ali Makele (Kwara), Mr. Cladius Agboola-Bamgboye (Ondo) and Dr. JakiriIgbani (Rivers).

On October 17, 1983, the re-elected President Shagari submitted his list of Ministers presided over again by Dr. Joseph Wayas for Senate approval. They were Chief Eleazar Chukwuemeka Anyoaku and Mr John Nwodo Jnr. (Anambra), Alhaji Sule Katagun, Alhaji Ibrahim Tahir and Alhaji Magaji Mu’azu (Bauchi), Chief J.A. Orhorho and Mr. Ralph Uweche (Bendel), Mr. Audu Ogbeh and Dr. E.Y. Atanu (Benue), Mallam Adamu Ciroma, Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari and Alhaji Haliru Dantoro (Borno), Dr. Simi Johnson (Lagos), Senator Idirisu Ibrahim (Niger), Chief Kehinde Sofola, SAN, Attorney-General of the Federation, (Ogun), Dr. Bode Olowoporoku (Ondo), Chief S.M. Afolabi and Dr. Bimbo Akintola (Oyo), Alhaji Hassan Mohammed and Mr. Robert DoshunGumut (Plateau), Chief Okoi-Obuli and Dr. A.J. Okonno, Alhaji Ali Baba and Mr. Paul Wampana (Gongola), Chief Emmanuel Adiele (Imo), Dr. UmaruDikko and AlahjiIsma’ila Isa (Kaduna), Alhaji Yusuf MiatamaSule, AlhajiBilyamin Usman and AlhajiHamisu Musa (Kano), Dr. Ishmael Igbani and Mrs. E. Diete-Spiff (Rivers) and AlhajiMuhammaduLugga, AlhajiIdirisu Koko and AlhajiBalaSokoto (Sokoto).

In 1999, following Senate approval President Obasanjo appointed the following as ministers. They are General T.Y. Danjuma, Chief Bola Ige, Alhaji Adamu Bello, Dr. (Mrs.) Kema Chikwe, Engr Mustapha Bello, Alhaji Muhamadu Arzika, Mrs. Boma Bromillow Jack, Professor A.B. Borishade, Alhaji Muhammad Kabir Said, Engr. Mohammed Abba-Gana, Mallam Adamu Chiroma, Professor A.B. C. Nwosu, Chief Kolawole B. Jamodu, Professor Jerry Gana, Chief S. M. Afolabi, Alhaji Musa Gwadabe, Dr. Olusegun Agagu, Professor Turner T. Isoun, Chief Ojo Maduekwe, Col. Mohammed B. Kaliel (rtd), Hajia Aishatu M.S. Ismail and Chief Tony Anenih.

On July 15, 2003, President Olusegun Obasanjo swore-in the first list of ministers following his re-election. They are Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nenadi Esther Usman, Idris Waziri, Cornelius Adebayo, Franklin Ogbuagwu, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Rowland Oritsejafor, Fabian Osuji, Bintu Ibrahim Musa, Broderick Bozimo, Bala Mande, Nasir El-Rufai, OluyemiAdeniji, Saidu Balarabe Samaila, Olutayo Lambo, Alice Mobolaji Osomo, Chukwuemeka Chikelu, Iyorchia Ayu, Abubakar Tanko, Husseini Akwanga, Lawan Gana Guba, Franklin Nweke, Turner Isoun,Odion Ugbesia, Musa Mohammed, Precious Sekibo, Mohammed Musa, Muktar Shagari, Adamu Bello, Bamidele Dada, Rita Akpan, Adeseye Ogunlewe and Saleh Shehu.

President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn-in on May 29, 2015 for his first term. He swore-in his ministers on November 11, 2015. As from June the nation will be expecting his second list of ministers following his re-election.

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