One of the three women nominated for ministerial positions by President Muhammadu Buhari, Amina Mohammed, on Monday, told the Senate Committee on Ethics that she is truly from Gombe State and not from Kaduna State.
Amina was responding to a petition filed against her at the Senate last Thursday by Senator Danjuma La’ah (PDP-Kaduna South) against her nomination on the pretext that she was not from Kaduna State.
La’ah had said that the people of Kaduna were unhappy with her ministerial nomination because she, a non-indigene, was taking the slot of the state in Buhari’s cabinet.
According to the Cable, Amina stated that, she was not from Kaduna, but Gombe; hence would be representing the northeastern state in the cabinet. “I was brought up in Kaduna state. My father, a civil servant, lived there, but I have no connection to the state,” she said. “I am an indigene of Gombe state and the assumption is that I will represent them in the cabinet.” Chibuike Amaechi, former governor of Rivers state, is also expected to appear the committee this afternoon to respond to allegations of looting and fraud. Some members of the committee present include Samuel Anyanwu (chairman), Bala Na’ Allah, Dino Melaye, Uche Ekwunife and Binta Garba.