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Buhari replaces minister, assures ECOWAS of better representation

By John Akubo (Abuja) and Charles Akpeji (Jalingo)
15 December 2021   |   4:08 am
President Muhammadu Buhari has forwarded the name of Muazu Sambo as a minister-designate for power from Taraba State for confirmation by the Senate.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has forwarded the name of Muazu Sambo as a minister-designate for power from Taraba State for confirmation by the Senate.

He is replacing Sale Mamman, who was sacked in September, along with Sabo Nanono, ex-agriculture minister. Buhari’s letter seeking the confirmation of the nominee was read by Senate President Ahmad Lawan at plenary, yesterday, in Abuja.

ALSO, the President reappointed Malam Mohammed Haruna (Niger), Mrs. May Agbamuche Mbu (Delta) as National Commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Buhari equally nominated Okeagu Kenneth Nnamdi (Abia) South East; Maj.-Gen. A.B. Alkali (rtd) (Adamawa), North East; Prof. Rada H. Gumus (Bayelsa), South South; Sam Olumeku (Ondo) South West as national commissioners and Olaniyi Olaleye Ijalaye (Ondo) South West, as REC.

Buhari, in the correspondence, also requested the Senate to confirm nominees for the National Population Commission (NPC) commissioners.

In a similar vein, Sambo’s appointment has been described by Tarabans as the best choice President Buhari had made in the state.

A dispassionate audience said the move was congenial for national development. Some chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Taraba chapter, who bared their minds to The Guardian, said the move was an attestation that the President remains relevant.

In a telephone chat with The Guardian, in Jalingo, Mohammed Bello Moustapha, who is currently jostling for the post of the National Chairman of the APC, “is the best thing that has ever happened to Tarabans since the advent of this administration.

Stressing that “Mr. President has made the best choice,” the newly appointed minister, said he had got the capacity, character and competence to deliver.

Sambo, whom according to him, “contributed immensely to the last APC membership card revalidation exercise and subsequent ward, local government and state congress in the state,” said he had “all it takes, the capacity and talent to serve as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

BESIDES, President Buhari has reassured of Nigeria’s commitment to keep pledges made to the ECOWAS Parliament, and to the sub-regional body at large.

He spoke yesterday at the State House, Abuja, while receiving a team from ECOWAS Parliament, led by the Speaker, Dr. Sidie Mohammed Tunis.