May 19, 2024
Tinubu’s 47 Ministerial Nominees Highest Since 1999
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Tinubu’s 47 Ministerial Nominees Highest Since 1999

President Bola Tinubu has set the record for the highest number of ministerial nominees in Nigeria’s Fourth Republic. This is five ministerial nominees more than the 42 appointed by former president Muhammadu Buhari in 2019. 

A week ago, Tinubu nominated 28 people to be cleared by the senate to be ministers in his cabinet. On Wednesday, the president sent another list of 19 other people, making a total of 47 cabinet members.

President  Buhari named 36 ministers in his first term, and 42 during his second term.

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Goodluck Jonathan in 2011 named 33 nominees to be ministers in his cabinet — including nine people from the Umar Yar’Adua administration.

In 2007, Yar’Adua named a 39-member cabinet, while former President Olusegun Obasanjo initially named 42 ministers in 1999 but reviewed his cabinet to reduce the number of ministries and ministers to 27 and 40, respectively, before he left office in 2007.

With the public calling for a reduction in the cost of governance, it is not yet clear how many ministries the Tinubu administration will have.

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