President Muhammadu Buhari submitted his list of cabinet nominees to the upper house of parliament, the Senate, on Tuesday, with former Sports Minister Solomon Dalung’s name missing.
The submission comes almost two months after Buhari began his second term, and some five months after he was re-elected, a delay that caused jitters amongst investors and threatened growth prospects for Africa’s largest economy.
Parliament’s break is due to begin at the end of the week, although it could delay this to confirm the nominees.
The list contains 43 names, though it did not specify which positions they would hold in cabinet.
A number of senior figures from Buhari’s first term will return, including Zainab Ahmed, Babatunde Fashola, Geoffrey Onyeama, Rotimi Amaechi and Lai Mohammed, who held the finance, works, and power, foreign, transport and information portfolios.
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They will not necessarily hold the same positions if confirmed by the senate. The screening will start on Wednesday, and then lawmakers will vote to approve each candidate.
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