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5 Prospective Ministers Missing In Buhari’s List

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Following the announcement of the ministerial nominees at the plenary session of the Senate on Tuesday, October 6, the speculation that some popular Nigerians would make the list became negated when their names were not among those announced during the session.

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Below are 5 prospective nominees that lost out in President Buhari’s ministerial list:

1. Prof. Pat Utomi

Pat Utomi

There were speculation that technocrat, Prof Pat Utomi was enlisted for the position of finance minister in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet. Prof Utomi was expected to fill the vacuum left by erstwhile minister of finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

The former presidential candidate, served on the key apex private sector associations including the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), the National Council of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, and the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA).

Utomi, who is now a member of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), was one of biggest critics of former president, Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

2. Abike Dabiri- Erewa

Abike Dabiri-Erewa

Dabiri, was a former TV personality and member of the Federal House of Representatives representing Ikorodu Constituency in Lagos state.

She was the Chairman of the House committee on media and publicity. Dabiri-Erewa worked for the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) for fifteen years, anchoring the weekly NTA Newsline programme and taking a particular interest in poverty and social justice issues. She retired from her position at Nigerian Television Authority to stand for election in the House of Representatives, winning with a substantial majority. She was elected for the first time in 2003, re-elected in 2007 and again in 2011.

President Buhari was urged by students under the aegis of the National Association of Students of English and Literary Studies (NASELS) to draft Abike Dabiri into his cabinet.

3. Femi Falana (SAN)

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Foremost lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN) was reportedly picked by President Muhammadu Buhari to emerge as the next Minister of Justice and the Attorney-General of the Federation.

President Buhari fell in love with Falana for his perceived forthrightness and penchant for fighting for the interests of the underprivileged.

Falana’s selection also substantiates the notion that the president has decided to be his own man and painstakingly keep to a personal script prepared by him to serve as a guide in making justifiable appointments to his cabinet.

A human rights group, World Alliance Against Terrorism, Violence And Inhuman Treatment (WAATVAIT) described Falana as a distinguished and respectable human right activist with incorruptible and dogged character in his private and public life.

4. Olagunsoye Oyinlola

Olagunsoye-Oyinlola

The former governor of Osun state was recommended for his support and loyalty to Governor Rauf Aregbesola and the APC.

Oyinlola, a one-time secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) defected to the APC shortly before the Osun state governorship election and he is a close associate of Obasanjo.

He became the governor of Osun state in May 2003, and was reelected in 2007. On 26 November 2010 a court of appeal nullified his election.

5. Chukwuma Soludo

Charles Soludo

Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo was reported to have been presented by former president Olusegun Obasanjo as the possible Minister of Finance for President Buhari’s administration.

Soludo was a member of the economic team for the Obasanjo administration prior to becoming the governor of CBN.

Many APC chieftains kicked against his candidature on two grounds. One is that Soludo remains a card carrying member of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and his appointment would be seen as taking from Peter to pay Paul.

The other is that it was under Soludo that the banking sector almost collapsed, a situation confirmed by former CBN governor and Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, a staunch supporter of the APC.

Source: Naij

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  1. kel

    October 7, 2015 at 9:49 am

    by leaving out potential action ministers that can quickly turn the economy around like utomi, odimegwu, soludo, falana its lije his administration is in for a hard ride and the opposition will capitalize easily on shortcomings expected

  2. philip

    October 7, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    let them be perpetually out.

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Tinubu finally speaks on Lekki shooting, tells Buhari to find culprits

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Tinubu finally speaks on Lekki shooting, tells Buhari to find culprits

Former Governor of Lagos state and the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chieftain, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has commented on the Lekki toll gate shooting that left many dead and several others injured.

The Lagos politician who was interviewed via telephone by a Channels TV reporter, Olu Philips, shared his shock over the shooting and also revealed that he is ready to complain to the highest authorities.

Contrary to people’s predictions, Tinubu however denied ordering the shooting and also stated that he can only control his security guard. He again reiterated that he will never be part of any group that uses live ammunition against protesters.

Insisting that he has always been an activist, the APC Chieftain expressed sympathy for the victims of the incident and advised the federal government to “fish out whoever gave the order (for the shooting) and put them on trial”.

He then recalled how he was falsely accused of being behind #EndSARS protests. Tinubu who noted that he doesn’t believe that Buhari ordered the shooting, appealed for calm over the incident. He also denied having a stake in the Lekki toll gate or suffering a loss due to the continous blockage of the area by #EndSARS protesters.

He said,

“It is early hours of the morning, there’s no way I can talk to the authorities or wake them up now. I have tried to reach the NSA, I have tried to reach the head of the army.

“You don’t call the president at this hour, but I strongly condemn the act. There are other means of settling or dispersing protest. Why would they use live bullets? There are rubber bullets.

“I am not even sure yet they are Nigerian army, I am not sure how well the uniforms of the army are controlled. But that is not as critical as the bloodshed that has occurred.

“We have lost our sleep, we have lost our peace of mind, (and) we just have to deal with it.”

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Buhari Will Come Up With Solutions In Few Hours -Major General Babagana Monguno

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Buhari Will Come Up With Solutions In Few Hours -Major General Babagana Monguno

It has been reported that the National Security, Major General Babagana Monguno (retd), on Thursday said the President Muhammadu Buhari, would come up with solutions to the ongoing violence erupting in parts of the country ”in the next few hours”.

Babagana Monguno Says Buhari Is Coming Up With Solutions

According to Punch, May Babagana did not disclose the solutions, he said they would communicate to parties concerned.

Mongunu revealed this in an interview with State House correspondents at the end of a meeting of the National Security presided over the President.

The NSA also did not disclose whether the President will announce the solutions through a national broadcast.

He said,

“The President himself, I have just left his office, is also going to deal with these issues in a specific manner apart from what has just taken place in council.

I believe in the next couple of hours, Mr President will come up with certain solutions that will be agreeable to the entire federation.”

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Another Warehouse Loaded With COVID-19 Palliative Allegedly Uncovered In Lagos

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Another Warehouse Loaded With COVID-19 Palliative Allegedly Uncovered In Lagos

Lagos State residents have again uncovered another warehouse where COVID-19 palliatives are been stored.

The palliatives discovered on Thursday (today), October 22, were meant for residents of Festac-Okota but were secretly stored in the warehouse.

According to reports, at least four people have died at the warehouse due to the hundreds of people that gathered to cart away the food items which include rice, beans, yams, and others.

However, the individual or group of persons who stored up the food items believed to have been provisioned by the government to share for the masses to cushion the effect of COVID-19 are yet to be known as at the time this report is given.

The angry youths and some old-aged citizens in the area gain entrance into the warehouse with force and do away with food items of their choices.

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