Breaking: Tinubu nominates El-Rufai’s replacement, 2 other ministerial nominees


The President of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu, has nominated Mr Abbas Balarabe as a ministerial replacement for the former Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.

The replacement which was conveyed in a letter read by the Senate President, GodsWill Akpabio, at the plenary on Tuesday, was read alongside Dr Jamila Ibrahaim and Ayodele Olawande as Minister of Youths and Minister of State for Youths respectively, who were earlier nominated by the president.

The Senate after the screening exercise which took place about a week approved and confirmed a total of 45 out of the 48 nominees sent by President Bola Tinubu.

A couple of petitions including those sent by Senator Sunday Karimi (APC, Kogi West) were presented against the former governor during the screening.

The lawmaker representing Kogi West, had during the ministerial screening, after El-Rufai’s presentations, stood up and told the chamber that he had a petition written against the former governor over the issue of insecurity in Southern Kaduna.

He said, “Your performance in any office you find yourself in the country has been outstanding. In the Bureau of Public Enterprises, your record is there, in FCT as a minister, your record is there, and as two-time Governor of Kaduna state, you did well.”