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Senate confirms all 43 ministerial nominees

by newshubmag

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of all the 43 ministerial nominees sent to the red chamber by President Muhammdu Buhari.

Buhari had last Tuesday sent a list of potential ministers to the Senate for screening.

The Senate had to postpon its annual vacation to conduct the screening of the ministers. The screening of the ministers began last Wednesday and ended today, Tuesday.

The nominees were screened within five days.

While the seven women on the list were simply asked to address the upper chamber, bow and go, their male counterparts answered questions thrown at them by the lawmakers, with the exception of former lawmakers, who were also asked to take a bow and go.

Former information minister, Lai Mohammed was the last nominee to be screened on Tuesday. Mohammed was given the traditional “take a bow and go” treatment.

He was asked to ‘take a bow’ and not be questioned on the grounds of hard work and loyalty.

The former minister, who was the last nominee to be screened, had addressed the Senate briefly, where he said he had suffered backlash on social media in the last four years.

After his speech, lawmakers took turns to sing praises of the nominee and narrate how loyal he has been to the ruling party and the President.
Ibikunle Amosun who spoke first described the nominee as a diligent worker. He disclosed that some lawmakers “he met with” had agreed that he be asked to take a bow and go.

Opeyemi Bamidele supported Amosun. He said the backlash that the nominee has suffered was to be expected as he has proven to be a brilliant man, journalist and lawyer.

According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari “saw the need to compensate him” for his hard work.

Few other lawmakers, including the Kwara State senators, took turns to make the same call after which the nominee was asked to take a bow and leave the chamber.

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, thereafter announced the end of the screening process. He commenced the confirmation process by calling out the nominees and putting the questions to vote.

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