- President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has sent a request to the Senate asking it to screen Balarabe Abbas Lawal as minister from Kaduna
- Lawal, who served as secretary to the government under Governor Nasir El-Rufai, replaces the former governor in Tinubu’s cabinet
- Legit.ng understands that Balarabe's designation will be the federal ministry of environment
According to Daily Trust, Senate President Godswill Akpabio announced this while reading a letter from President Tinubu on Tuesday, October 3.
Tinubu replaces El-Rufai with Balarabe
It would be recalled that the Senate in August 2023 screened and confirmed 45 ministerial nominees and rejected three of them. Notable among those not confirmed include former Kaduna state governor, El-Rufai.
A couple of petitions including those sent by Senator Sunday Karimi (All Progressives Congress, APC, Kogi West) were presented against the former governor during the screening.
Legit.ng reports that El Rufai's replacement, Balarabe, is a former commissioner for youth development in Kaduna state.
Sani not recommending El-Rufai’s replacement
It was gathered that El-Rufai recommended Jafaru Sani, his former commissioner, to take his slot, a move that was rumoured to have been rejected by Governor Uba due to Sani's loyalty to El-Rufai.
El Rufai praises Obasanjo's administration
Legit.ng also reported that El Rufai described the second term (2003-2007) of former President Olusegun Obasanjo as the “most successful”.
El Rufai rated Obasanjo’s tenure high in areas of job creation, economy, and inflation rate in Nigeria. El-Rufai served in the eight-year administration of Obasanjo as Director-General, Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE), and later as minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).