Nigeria's Buhari nominates Fashola, Amaechi as ministers

Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi (L), former Governor of Rivers State; Muhammadu Buhari (C), President of Nigeria; & Babatunde Fashola (R), former Governor of Lagos State

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari nominated four former state governors and the current head of the national oil company as ministers in his administration, according to a list presented to lawmakers in the capital, Abuja.

Senate President Bukola Saraki read aloud the 21 names who make up the first group of ministerial nominees proposed by Buhari. The list, given to Saraki by the presidency last week, didn’t say which ministries the nominees are intended to head.

Among those nominated were Rotimi Amaechi, 50, who governed oil-producing Rivers state from 2007 until 2015 when his second term expired. A one-time ally of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Amaechi left the then-ruling People’s Democratic Party in 2013 to join the All Progressives Congress, which was in opposition at the time. He was a key member of Buhari’s campaign team, and last month traveled with the president to the United Nations General Assembly.

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