A week after confirming receipt, Senate President Bukola Saraki has finally read the content of a historic letter he received from President Muhammadu Buhari.
The letter, which contained the list of Mr. Buhari’s ministerial choices, was delivered by the president’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, and the Senate Liaison Officer, Ita Enang.
Saraki opened the letter during today’s plenary which began at 10:47 a.m.
While the nominees were being announced by the Senate President, Senator Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State raised a point of order urging his colleagues to reject the list until it is completed.
The senator said there are 36 states in the country and the Constitution dictates that all states must have ministerial representation in the president’s cabinet, therefore, it is wrong for the president to send list of only 20 people.
The president had used his Independence Day broadcast to warn Nigerians about the incomplete list, adding that he will soon forward the names of the remaining individuals to the upper chamber for onward screening.
Meanwhile, some Nigerians have begun to express their dissatisfaction with the president’s would-be ministers.
They question the wisdom behind the president’s long wait if he would ultimately appoint some individuals of questionable character.
Some of the allegedly infamous names found on the list include: former PDP Chairman, Audu Ogbeh, former Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi, former Anambra State governor, Chris Ngige, Mr. Abdulrahman Dambazau and Mr. Tunde Fashola, who is currently enmeshed in a N78M Web site scandal.
The full list of the ministerial nominees and their states as released by the Senate President are as follows:
1.Chris Ngige – Anambra
2. Kayode Fayemi – Ekiti
3. Rotimi Amaechi – Rivers
4. Babatunde Fashola -Lagos
5. Abdulrahman Danbazau – Kano
6. Aisha Alhassan – Taraba
7. Ogbonaya Onu- Abia
8.Kemi Adeosun -Ogun
9. Abubakar Malami (SAN) -Kebbi
10. Sen Hadi Sirika – Katsina
11. Barr. Adebayo Shittu – Oyo
12. Suleiman Adam – Jigawa
13. Solomon Dalong – Plateau
14.Ibe Kachikwu – Delta
15. Osagie Ehanire – Edo
17.Audu Ogbeh – Benue
18. Lai Mohammed – Kwara
19. Ahmed Isa Ibeto – Niger
20.Amina Mohammed – Kaduna