June 13, 2024

Former governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has suggested a replacement for a ministerial position in President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s government, according to a news report.

El-Rufai, who staunchly supported Tinubu’s presidential aspirations before the election, along with two other ministerial nominees, Stella Okotete from Delta State and Sani A Danladi from Taraba State, faced non-confirmation by the Senate on Monday due to security clearance issues.

A report from Premium Times on Friday cited sources within the Presidency, stating that El-Rufai has notified President Tinubu that he is no longer considering his nomination as a minister within the government.

Reportedly, El-Rufai assured Tinubu that he intends to contribute to national development as a private citizen. The report indicated that El-Rufai has recommended Jafaru Ibrahim Sani, who previously served as a commissioner in three ministries – Local Government, Education, and Environment in Kaduna State – to replace him as a minister in President Tinubu’s government.

The report detailed that El-Rufai informed Tinubu about his decision to focus on his doctorate program at a university in the Netherlands and assured the president of Sani’s usefulness and resourcefulness within the government.

President Tinubu requested time to review the petitions and the State Security Service (SSS) report submitted to the Senate in order to make a decision.

As of now, Muyiwa Adekeye, El-Rufai’s spokesperson, has not commented on the matter.

During his Senate screening on Monday, the former Kaduna State governor disclosed that Tinubu specifically requested him to address the power challenges in the country through his involvement with the government.

Among the ministerial nominees, 45 were confirmed by the Senate, including Festus Keyamo, former minister of state for labour and employment, who faced strong opposition from lawmakers during his screening.

The list of confirmed ministerial nominees includes individuals from various states, such as Ekperikpe Ekpo (Akwa Ibom), Heineken Lolokpobri (Bayelsa), Betta Edu (Cross River), John Owan Enoh (Cross River), and many others from different states across Nigeria.

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