Nigerian president, Buhari disappoints youths, women in new cabinet list
London, July 23, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The much awaited cabinet list by Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari has finally been made public almost two months after been sworn-in for a second term in office
But the 43 ministerial list is a great disappointment to women and particularly teeming Nigerian youths who have expected a number of young Nigerian professionals to make the list
Buhari had shortly after winning a second term election promised to give Nigerian women and youths more appointments in the next four years of his administration.
President Buhari who acknowledged the significant role played by women and youths toward his re-election made the promise in March while speaking at the All Progressives Congress, APC, Women and Youths Presidential Campaign team dinner to celebrate his the re-election in Abuja
The president said his administration would not disappoint them in the next four years of his administration.
But on the list of ministers read by the senate president Ahmed Lawan on Tuesday, only eight women made the list and no minister under the age of 40.
Those who spoke to AltAfrica.com in Abuja Federal secretariat expressed disappointment in the president and the list of ministers “I can tell you that most of those who voted for the president are women and youths, yet we have been let down again by same old politicians in his new list. He promised and failed.” An Abuja based female banker told Alternativeafrica.com in Abuja
An APC youth leader in Lagos echoed a similar sentiment” Based on his promise and the length of time he took to send the list, we were expectant that more youths will make the list, but its same old story. It;s a let down on brilliant Nigerian youths home ans in diaspora”
On the list are 12 former ministers who worked with him in his first term for reappointment.
They are Babatunde Fashola (Lagos State), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers State) Hadi Sirika (Katsina State), Zainab Ahmed (Kaduna State), Lai Mohammed (Kwara State) Chris Ngige (Anambra State), Adamu Adamu (Bauchi State), Abubakar Malami (Jigawa State), Godfrey Onyeama (Enugu State), Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi State) , Osagie Enahire (Edo State), Suleiman Adamu (Jigawa State), and Mohameed Bello (Adamawa State).
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Some of the former ministers not reappointed are Okechukwu Enelamah (Abia State), Udoma Udo Udoma (Akwa Ibom State), Heineken Lokpobiri (Bayelsa State), Audu Ogbeh (Benue State) and Usani Uguru (Cross River State).
Others are Ibe Kachikwu (Delta State), Anthony Anwuka (Imo State ), Stephen Ochani (Kogi State), Abdulrahaman Dambazau (Kano State), Abubakar Bawa Bwari (Niger State), Cladius Omoleye Daramola (Ondo State) Isaac Adewole (Osun State ), Adebayo Shittu (Oyo State ), Solomon Dalong (Plateau State), Aisha Abubakar (Sokoto State ) and Mansur Dan Ali (Zamfara State).