Jonathan names Nigeria cabinet nominees

Nigeria's acting president, Goodluck Jonathan, sent a list of nominees for his new Cabinet to the Senate for approval.

Jonathan names Nigeria cabinet nominees

Nigeria’s acting president, Goodluck Jonathan, sent a list of nominees for his new Cabinet to the Senate for approval.

The list of 33 nominees read out to the Senate for approval on Wednesday -- which did not give portfolios -- consisted of nine members of the outgoing cabinet.

There are more than 40 ministers in the cabinet and a second list is expected to follow for Senate approval. But outgoing oil minister Rilwanu Lukman and outgoing finance minister Mansur Muhtar were not among the names read out on Wednesday.

"I forward herewith the names of the first batch of nominees for appointment as ministers of government ... for the consideration and confirmation of the Senate," Senate President David Mark said before reading out the list.

Jonathan sacked all government ministers last Wednesday in a bid to assert his authority a month after assuming executive powers.

Other nominees from the outgoing team include former Information Minister Dora Akunyili, former Justice Minister Adetokunbo Kayode, former National Planning Minister Shamsuddeen Usman and former junior Niger Delta minister Godsday Orubebe.

Among the new nominees are Murtala Yar'Adua, a close relative of ailing President Umaru Yar'Adua, and Jubril Martins Kuye, a one-time junior finance minister under former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Jonathan took over as acting head of state in early February due to the absence of President Yar'Adua, who was receiving treatment for a heart ailment in a Saudi clinic.

Yar'Adua has since returned but remains too sick to govern.

Reuters

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I wish I could ask Acting President Johnathan what is going on? It appears that things were going good for Nigeria (Africa) with a new bus service and some other possitive events. But as always, when any African country start progressing, something goes bad, like now the president is ill. Strange.