Since taking office in May 2015, Nigeria’s president Buhari has come under criticism not just for his handling economy but also for a seemingly under-performing cabinet. Buhari’s cabinet, which took six months to set up, was initially criticized for being packed with familiar names in Nigerian politics. But one of those whose selection, and subsequent performance in office, has impressed has been Amina Mohammed, the minister of environment, a long-time supporter of climate change awareness and sustainable development.
But Mohammed is set to leave just 12 months after she joined the cabinet. She’s been appointed as deputy secretary-general of the United Nations (UN) by António Guterres, UN’s new secretary-general. Mohammed had previously served as special adviser to UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon. President Buhari described Mohammed’s appointment as “great honor to Nigeria.”