Ministerial Nominees Screening: Brilliant Answers, Unnecessary Comments, Readiness To Work From Nigeria’s Next Ministers

Ten ministerial nominees were screened today by the Senate. No one was allowed to just take a bow and go. They were grilled by the senators as promised. Some of the nominees gave good answers, while others offered unctuous praises to the senators, apparently to curry favour and were not really bothered by the lawmakers.

The Senate’s official twitter account tweeted some of the important things the nominees said during their screening. How do you think they did?

Former Senator Udoma Udo Udoma opened the floor.

Former governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi was sound. He gave the right answers to most of the questions asked.

Former National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Audu Ogbe seemed to lick the feet of his examiners. Is currying favour a crime when you actually need it?

Dr. Christopher Ogbonnaya Onu wants power to improve in Nigeria.

Dr. Osagie Ehanire from Edo State is the healthcare guy.

Lt. General Abdulrahman Dambazau presents an impressive CV.

He also agreed that the N1,000 daily allowance to soldiers fighting insurgency. Speaking on grazing crises in the country, Dambazau says it is actually not a religious issue, but a resource-based (land scarcity)issue. Although, he agrees that it sometimes takes on religious colouration.

Alhaji Lai Mohammed had huge support of the Senate. Although, he did not have much to say despite being asked by the Senate President to say a few things about his skills. He spoke mostly about politics.

Amina J. Mohammed, however, spoke about her experience.

Engr. Suleiman Hussaini Adamu was also screened.

Mr. Ibrahim Usman was last to be screened.

While today’s screening might not have been tough for some of the ministerial nominees, the Senate stuck to its word that it would not be business as usual, as the screening was an improvement on previous ones.

The screening continues tomorrow.


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