BREAKING: Senate Unveils Tinubu's New Ministerial Nominee to Replace El Rufai, Details Emerge

BREAKING: Senate Unveils Tinubu's New Ministerial Nominee to Replace El Rufai, Details Emerge

  • 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
  • understands that Balarabe's designation will be the federal ministry of environment

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FCT, Abuja - President Bola Tinubu has replaced Nasir El-Rufai, a former ministerial nominee from Kaduna state with Balarabe Abbas.

According to Daily Trust, Senate President Godswill Akpabio announced this while reading a letter from President Tinubu on Tuesday, October 3.

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Tinubu nominates ex-Kaduna commissioner, Balarabe as minister. Photo credit: Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
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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.

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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.

Some federal lawmakers raised concerns about his (El Rufai's) security and human rights record, Business Day Newspaper reported. reports that El Rufai's replacement, Balarabe, is a former commissioner for youth development in Kaduna state.

Sani not recommending El-Rufai’s replacement

In a piece of related news, reported that the governor of Kaduna state, Sani Uba, dismissed rumours linked to him that he opposed the ministerial nomination of his predecessor, El Rufai.

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.

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El Rufai praises Obasanjo's administration 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).


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