Former star Lagos governor Fashola in list of ministers nominated by Nigeria’s Buhari

Four former state governors and the current head of the state oil firm have also been tapped as ministers.

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

Babatunde Fashola, the former governor of Lagos state, Rotimi Amaechi, the ex-governor of oil-producing Rivers state, and Emmanuel Kachikwu, group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp., were among the names read aloud in the National Assembly by Senate President Bukola Saraki. 

The Senate must approve the nominees.

The list, given to Saraki by the presidency last week, didn’t say which ministries the nominees are intended to head.

Fashola was governor of Lagos from 2007 to 2015, and was appointed by Buhari as head of his campaign finance.

He is widely credited with pulling Lagos from the brink, modernising parts of it, and partially restoring order to its once maddeningly chaotic traffic. The Guardian noted that he was “once seen as a shining light amongst a new breed of Nigerian politicians thanks to his honest and businesslike approach to governance”.

Despite that record, recently Fashola had to deal with accusations that there were abuses of city funds during his time in office, allegations that he has denied and described as “manipulated and unsubstantiated”.

Buhari, 72, has drawn criticism from opposition figures and some analysts for moving slowly to name his cabinet following his victory over Goodluck Jonathan in a March election that ushered in the first democratic handover of power in Africa’s biggest oil producer.

Facing severe challenges as a result of the halving of oil prices in the past year, Buhari hasn’t laid out his comprehensive plan to revive Nigeria’s economy or appointed a finance minister. However, he has said he will hold the portfolio of oil minister, a sector where he has already carried out wide purges and moved to crack down on corruption.

 In his Independence Day address on Oct. 1, he called for patience and said he will do more to cut waste and fight corruption.

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