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Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Khadija Ibrahim, yesterday announced her decision to resign from President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet to run for election as a member of the House of Representatives in the February 16, 2019 election.

Ibrahim, who confirmed her resignation while speaking with State House Correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, her last appearance as a member of cabinet, said she would officially vacate the office on Monday, January 14, 2019.

Her resignation comes a month after the former Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jubril, resigned having been elected the 13th Emir of Nasarawa.

She said her decision is to enable her contest in the forthcoming election to represent Damaturu/Tarmuwa/Gujba/Gulani Federal Constituency of Yobe State.

The minister, who thanked the President for finding her worthy among Nigerians to serve the country as minister, promised to bring her experience from the Executive arm of government to contribute in strengthening the ninth National Assembly if elected as a member.

Mrs. Ibrahim had defeated her step-son, Mohammed Ibrahim, to emerge the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the election.

She scored 1,295 votes to beat her step-son Khadija Ibrahim, 52, is a wife of a former three-time governor of Yobe State, Bukar Abba Ibrahim, who is currently serving as a senator. The former governor is not seeking reelection.

Her father was the legendary northern politician, Waziri Ibrahim, a minister in the First Republic and founder of Great Nigeria People’s Party (GNPP) in the Second Republic.


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