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10 Youngest Ministers In Buhari’s Cabinet, None Of Them Is Below 50-year-old (see Full List)

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Osorhor Ogenevwegba Michael
Delta state polytechnic otefe oghara ( DESPO )
Graduate, Nigeria.
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It took President Muhammadu Buhari nearly six months to swear in members of his cabinet after assuming office on May 29, 2015. By the time he named his cabinet members, the youngest of them all was 48-year-old, but today none of them is below 50.

This is in sharp contrast to what is obtainable in Rwanda. In 2018 President Paul Kagame sworn in his cabinet ministers, with 30-year-old Minister for Transport, Jean de Dieu ‘Jado’ Uwihanganye as the youngest ever minister in the country.

Almost 20 of Buhari’s ministers are above 60. Below are the 10 youngest ministers in the APC-led government.

1. Abubakar Malami

The Minister for Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation Abubakar Malami is one of the youngest cabinet members.

Abubakar Malami is a long ally President Muhammadu Buhari, he was actively involved in the formation of the All Progressives Congress in 2013 as the resource person to the Manifesto Drafting Sub-Committee of Inter Joint Party Merger Committees between the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP).

As young as the minister of justice is, unfortunately, he is 52-year-old. You may have to wait for the NextLevel cabinet if you’re expecting to see a 30-year-old minister.

2. Aisha Abubakar

Banking on the political influence of her father, Aisah Abubakar, the Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment, is the daughter of a former finance minister.

She had her secondary education at Queens College, Lagos between 1978-84. She got her first degree from the University of Warwick, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in politics and international studies between 1987-90. She also has a Master of Arts degree in development studies from the University of Leeds.

She was also appointed to oversee the women affairs as Mrs Aisha Alhassan Resigns and will still maintain her position as the minister of state for Industry, Trade and investment.

Is she the young minister? Well it depends on the angle you’re looking at it from, but she is 52-years-old, compared to Rwanda cabinet where there are more younger people.

3. Heineken Lokpobiri

Heineken Lokpobiri is a Nigerian politician who was elected Senator in April 2007 on the People’s Democratic Party platform in Bayelsa State, for the Bayelsa West constituency. He is currently the Nigerian Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development.

He’s one of the youngest cabinet members of the APC-led government even though he’s 52-year-old

4. Chibuike Amaechi

The incumbent Minister of Transportation is one of the most accomplished politicians from Rivers State, having served as Speaker of the state House of Assembly, and two-term governor of the state.

Since there ministers who above 70 in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet, Amaechi is one of the youngest at 53.

5. Okechukwu Enelamah

In terms of finance and management, Financial Times described the Minister of Industry, Trader and Investment.

Enelamah worked as an Audit Senior and Consultant with 1988 at Arthur Anderson (now KPMG Professional Services).

He later worked in the New York and London offices of Goldman Sachs in 1993 before joining Zephyr Management as an investment manager where he rose to Principal in the Johannesburg office between 1995 and 1997.

Before his emergence, there were speculations that Okey Enelemah, the founder and chief executive of African Capital Alliance, a Lagos-based private equity firm, would be named to the top economic position.

At 54, Enelamah is old enough to father some of the younger ministers in Rwanda.

6. Solomon Dalong

The Minister of Youth and Sports is one of the controversial cabinet members in the APC-led government.

He has made several controversial statements. In an interview with the Voice of America, according to nigerianmonitor.com, he said there was no need for the country to keep playing qualifiers for Russia 2018 world cup because the Super Eagles would never win it.

“That competition stinks of corruption; Nigeria is too poor to waste money on it and Nigeria would never win the trophy”.

“The cup that we can win is the African Cup of Nations. There is nothing again that will take us to another man’s balcony in the name of the World Cup. We already have the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics.

“For these, we can attend such meets. But I am opposed to the World Cup. We don’t agree to it. Conspiracy in the World Cup is too much.”

Do you think Dalung is young? Yes. He’s just 54, when there are ministers in Rwanda who are below 40.

7. Hadi Serika

A former pilot and a Senator, the Minister of State for Aviation Hadi Serika is another young minister (Nigeria’s definition of young). If there ministers in the same cabinet who are 70 or above, then Serika is young. He’s 55-year-old.

8. Babatunde Fashola

With the most expanded portfolio, Babatunde Fashola the Minister of Power, Works and Housing.

Fashola is said to be in the good book of President Muhammadu Buhari.

But Fashola isn’t as young as Jean de Dieu ‘Jado’ Uwihanganye of Rwanda. He is 55 years.

9. Usani Uguru Usani

The 59-year-old Minister of Niger Delta is one the youngest if he’s serving in the same cabinet with Lai Muhammed, Minister of Information who is 76.

10. Zainab Ahmad

Upon the resignation of the erstwhile Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun on September 14, 2018, Ahmed was appointed as Finance Minister in September 2018.

She is 58, making her one of the oldest if compared with some of the cabinet members in Rwanda.

Final thought:

As Nigerians are anxiously expecting President Muhammadu Buhari to announce his NextLevel cabinet very soon, we hope that the president will emulate Paul Kagame of Rwanda by appointing more younger people.

Source www.dailyadvent.com/others/2019/05/13/10-youngest-ministers-in-buharis-cabinet-none-of-them-is-below-50-year-old-see-full-list/
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