18 ex-lawmakers, 4 ex-Ministers; Meet President Tinubu’s team of 45

Temidayo Taiwo-SidiqAugust 21, 202311 min

Eighty-three (83) days after his inauguration as President, Bola Tinubu formally constitutes the long-awaited Federal Executive Council (FEC). What is the composition of this cabinet, however and how are the Ministers distributed? Find out in this special piece.


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President Bola Tinubu on Monday formally inaugurated the Federal Executive Council with the swearing-in of forty-five (45) Ministers into the cabinet; arguably the largest in Nigeria’s political history.

Members of the cabinet who had previously gone through a screening and confirmation process at the National Assembly is a melting pot of politicians, lawyers, diplomats and technocrats with experience from within and outside the country.

In terms of demographics, while there are no Persons with Disabilities (PWD), and no Ministers of Youth age (as classified by Nigeria’s Youth Policy 2019), the cabinet boasts of eight (8) women.


Demography (Gender, Equality and Social Inclusion) Total Ministers Percentage
Women 8 18%
Youth (15 – 29) 0 0%
Persons with Disabilities (PWD) 0 0%


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For distribution along the lines of geo-political zones, the North West and South West zones produced the highest number; boasting of nine Ministers (20%) each. The North Central and South South geo-political zones boast of eight Ministers (18%) each, while the North East and South East zones have the lowest representation with seven (16%) and five Ministers (11%), respectively.


Geo-Political Zone Total Ministers Percentage
North West 9 20%
South West 9 20%
South South 8 18%
North Central 8 18%
North East 7 16%
South East 5 11%



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Facts on political demography show that 15 (33%) out of the 48 Minister-Designates are Ex-Lawmakers in the National and State Assemblies,  Ex-Ministers are 4 (9%) while Ex-Governors and Ex-Deputy Governors shared 8 (18%) and 2 (4%) respectively.


Political Demography Total Ministers Percentage
Former Lawmakers 18 40%
Former Governors 8 18%
Former Ministers 4 9%
Former Deputy Governors 2 4%


Importantly also, eighteen (40%) former lawmakers from local, state and federal Assemblies in the country, with four of them being serving lawmakers in the Tenth National Assembly before their appointment. Below is a list of the sixteen ex-lawmakers now serving as Ministers in the Federal Executive Council (FEC) inaugurated this Monday.


1 Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha Labour, and Employment (Minister of State) Abia/South East Four-time  House of Representatives Member & former Deputy Chief of the House of Representatives
2 Hon. Ekperipe Ekpo Petroleum Resources (Gas) – Minister of State Akwa Ibom/South South One-time  House of Representatives Member
3 Hon. Yusuf Maitama Tuggar Foreign Affairs Bauchi/North East One-time  House of Representatives Member
4 Abubakar Momoh Niger Delta  Edo/South South Two-time House of Representatives Member
5 Hon. Zephaniah Jisalo Special Duties FCT/North Central Two-time House of Representatives Member
6 Hon. Yusuf Tanko Sununu Education (Minister of State) Kebbi/North West Two-time House of Representatives Member
7 Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo Interior Ondo/South West Two-time House of Representatives Member
8 Simon Bako Lalong Labour and Employment Plateau/North Central Two-time Speaker, Plateau State House of Assembly
9 Hon. Bello Muhammad Goronyo 

Water Resources and Sanitation (Minister of State) Sokoto/North West One-time Deputy Speaker and Two-time Member, Sokoto State House of Assembly

Deputy Speaker, SOHA (2015)

10 Hon. Bello Matawalle Defence (Minister of State) Zamfara/North West Two-time House of Representatives Member
11 Senator Heineken Lokpobiri Petroleum Resources (Oil) – Minister of State Bayelsa/South South Two-time Senator, One-time Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly
12 Senator Abubakar Kyari  Agriculture and Food Security Borno/North East One-time House of Assembly Member, One time House of Representatives Member and Two-time Senator
13 Senator John Enoh Sports Cross Rivet/South South Two-time Senator, Three-time House of Representatives Member, One-time Member of the Cross River State House of Assembly
14 Senator David Nweze Umahi Works Ebonyi/South East One-time Senator/Deputy Leader of the Senate
15 Senator Alkali Ahmed Saidu Tansportation Gombe/North East One-time Senato
16 Senator Atiku Bagudu  Budget and National Planning Kebbi/North West Two-time Senator
17 Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi Agriculture and Food Security(Minister of State) Niger/North Central Three-time Senator, One-time Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate 
18 Senator Ibrahim Geidam  Police Affairs Yobe?North East Two-time Senator


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Other Ministers inaugurated by the President include:

  1. Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice – Lateef Fagbemi
  2. Minister of Defence – Mohammed Badaru
  3. Minister of State, Police Affairs – Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim
  4. Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy – Wale Edun
  5. Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment – Doris Anite
  6. Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare – Ali Pate
  7. Minister of State, Health and Social Welfare – Tunji Alausa
  8. Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation – Betta Edu
  9. Minister of Education – Tahir Maman
  10. Minister of Power – Adebayo Adelabu
  11. Minister of Solid Minerals Development – Dele Alake
  12.  Minister of Steel Development – Shuaibu A. Audu
  13. Minister of Information and National Orientation – Muhammed Idris
  14. Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy – Bosun Tijani
  15. Minister of Innovation Science and Technology – Uche Nnaji
  16. Minister of Marine & Blue Economy – Adegboyega Oyetola
  17.  Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development – Festus Keyamo
  18.  Minister of State, Environment and Ecological Management – Ishak Salako
  19. Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation – Joseph Utsev
  20. Minister of Housing and Urban Development – Ahmed M. Dangiwa
  21. Minister of State, Housing and Urban Development – Abdullah T. Gwarzo
  22. Minister of Art, Culture and the Creative Economy – Hannatu Musawa
  23. Minister of Tourism – Lola Ade-John
  24. Minister of Women Affairs – Uju Kennedy
  25. Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) – Nyesom Wike
  26. Minister of State, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) – Mairiya Mahmud




Temidayo Taiwo-Sidiq

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