In an interview published by Vanguard on 19 April 2015, President Buhari, whose administration was to begin on 29 May 2015, said he would assemble a small cabinet that might be active before the official ceremony. On 31 May 2015 President Buhari was reported to have said he would break with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) tradition where ministers were nominated by governors. He would look for people who were competent, dedicated and experienced. On 1 July 2015 a spokesman for the president said that Buhari would delay selecting a cabinet until September. He wanted to eliminate prior corruption before the new ministers were appointed. Another spokesman said that the delay was “nothing out of the ordinary” compared to the formation of previous cabinets. However, a London-based economist said the delay would not be well received by investors.
On the night of 30 September, Nigeria Today, an online newspaper in Nigeria, reported a list of 21 names submitted to Senate President Bukola Saraki for screening and confirmation. On 11 November, a cabinet of 36 ministers from each of the 36 states of Nigeria was sworn in.
List of Ministers in Nigeria
|Minister of Petroleum||President Muhammadu Buhari|
|Minister of Mines and Steel Development||Dr. Uchechukwu Ogah|
|Minister of FCT||Muhammed Musa Bello|
|Minister of Niger Delta||Sen. Godswill Obot Akpabio|
|Minister of Labour & Employment||Chris Ngige|
|Minister of Environment (State)||Sharon Ikeazor|
|Minister of Education||Adamu Adamu|
|Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, State||Amb Maryam Katagum|
|Minister of Petroleum (State)||Timipre Silva|
|Minister of Special Duties||Sen. George Akume|
|Minister of Agriculture (State)||Mustapha Baba Shehuri|
|Minister of Power (State)||Godwin Jedi-Agba|
|Minister of Niger Delta (State)||Festus Keyamo|
|Minister of Science and Technology||Ogbonnaya Onu|
|Minister of Health||Dr. Osagie Ehanire|
|Minister of Budget and National Planning (State)||Clement Ikanade Agba|
|Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment||Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo|
|Minister of Foreign Affairs||Geoffrey Onyeama|
|Minister of Communication||Dr. Ali Isa Pantami|
|Minister of Education (State)||Emeka Nwajuba|
|Minister of Water Resources||Suleiman Adamu|
|Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning||Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed|
|Minister of Environment||Dr. Mohammad Mahmoud|
|Minister of Agriculture||Mohammed Sabo Nanono|
|Minister of Defence||Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd)|
|Minister of Aviation||Hadi Sirika|
|HAGF and Minister of Justice||Abubakar Malami|
|Minister of FCT (State)||Ramatu Tijani Aliyu|
|Minister of Information and Culture||Lai Mohammed|
|Minister of Transportation (State)||Gbemisola Saraki|
|Minister of Works and Housing||Babatunde Raji Fashola|
|Minister of Health (State)||Adeleke Mamora|
|Minister of Science & Tech (State)||Mohammed A. Abdullahi|
|Minister of Foreign Affairs (State)||Amb. Zubairu Dada|
|Minister of Mines & Steel Development||Olamilekan Adegbite|
|Minister of Labour (State)||Sen. Omotayo Alasuadura|
|Minister of Interior||Rauf Aregbesola|
|Minister of Youth and Sports||Sunday Dare|
|Minister of Women Affairs||Dame Pauline Tallen|
|Minister of Transportation||Rotimi Amaechi|
|Minister of Police Affairs||Mohammed Maigari Dangyadi|
|Minister of Power||Engr. Sale Mamman|
|Minister of Works and Housing, (State)||Abubakar D. Aliyu|
|Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development||Sadiya Umar Faruk|
- By convention, the cabinet contains a minister or minister of state from each of the 36 states.
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