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Cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari

The Cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari consists of the ministers appointed in the Buhari Administration to take responsibility for each of the government ministries of Nigeria following the 2015 elections.

Cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari
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  cabinet of Nigeria
Date formedSeptember 2015 (?)
People and organisations
Head of stateMuhammadu Buhari
Head of governmentMuhammadu Buhari
Member partyAll Progressives Congress
Opposition partyPeople's Democratic Party
PredecessorCabinet of President Goodluck Jonathan



In an interview published by Vanguard on 19 April 2015, 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.[1] On 31 May 2015 Buhari was reported to have said he would break with the People's Democratic Party (PDP) tradition where ministers were nominated by governors.[2] [a] He would look for people who were competent, dedicated and experienced.[2] 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.[4]

On the night of 30 September, TheCable, an online newspaper in Nigeria, reported a list of 21 names submitted to Senate President Bukola Saraki for screening and confirmation.[5][6] On 11 November, a cabinet of 36 ministers from each of the 36 states of Nigeria was sworn in.[7]


Cabinet of Nigeria: 11 November 2015 – present[8]
Portrait Portfolio Incumbent Term
Commander-in-chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces
Minister of Petroleum
Muhammadu Buhari 2015–
  Vice President Yemi Osinbajo 2015–
  Minister of Justice
Attorney General[9]
Abubakar Malami 2015–
  Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama 2015–
  Minister of Finance Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed 2018–
  Minister of Defence Mansur Dan Ali 2015–
  Minister of Education Adamu Adamu 2015–
  Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment[10] Okechukwu Enelamah 2015–
  Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige 2015–
  Minister of Federal Capital Territory Mohammed Musa Bello 2015–
  Minister of Science and Technology Ogbonnaya Onu 2015–
  Minister of Solid Minerals Kayode Fayemi 2015–2018
  Minister of Interior Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau 2015–
  Minister of Budget and National Planning Udoma Udo Udoma 2015–
  Minister of Power, Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola 2015–
  Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Audu Ogbeh 2015–
  Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi 2015–
  Minister of Health Isaac Adewole 2015–
  Minister of Women Affairs Aisha Alhassan 2015–
  Minister of Niger Delta Usani Uguru Usani 2015–
  Minister of Information Lai Mohammed 2015–
Minister of Environment Amina J. Mohammed 2015–2016
  Minister of Water Resources Suleiman Adamu Kazaure 2015–
  Minister of Youth and Sports Solomon Dalung 2015–
  Minister of State for Aviation Sirika Hadi 2015–
  Minister of State for Environment Ibrahim Usman Jibril 2015–2018
  Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim 2015–
  Minister of State for Solid Minerals Bawa Bwari Abubakar 2015–
  Minister of State for Health Osagie Ehanire 2015–
  Minister of State for Niger Delta Omole Daramola 2015–
  Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing Mustapha Baba Shehuri 2015–
  Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing Suleiman Hassan 2017–
  Minister of State for Education Anthony Onwuka 2015–
  Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development Heineken Lokpobiri 2015–
  Minister of State for Labour and Employment Stephen Ocheni 2017– **
  Minister of State for Budget and National Planning Zainab Ahmed 2015–
  Minister for Communication Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu 2015–
  Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment Aisha Abubakar 2015–
  Minister of State for Petroleum Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu 2015–

** Predecessor, James Ocholi, died in office

Zainab Ahmed is now the Minister of Finance after she was confirmed by President Muhammadu Buhari

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ By convention, the cabinet contains a minister or minister of state from each of the 36 states.[3]
  1. ^ Levinus Nwabughiogu (2015-04-19). "Why my cabinet will be small". Vanguard (Nigeria). Retrieved 2015-07-02.
  2. ^ a b Angela Davis (2015-05-31). "Presidential Appointments: List Of Ministers (Buhari's Cabinet)". News247. Retrieved 2015-07-02.
  3. ^ "The Federal Executive Council". Federal Ministry of Communication Technology. Retrieved 2015-07-03.
  4. ^ Chris Kay (2015-07-01). "Buhari Delays Nigerian Cabinet Appointments to September". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2015-07-02.
  5. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Fashola, Amaechi, Ngige, Onu, Lai, Kachikwu make Buhari's ministerial list - TheCable". TheCable. 2015-09-30. Retrieved 2018-04-26.
  6. ^ Omololu Ogunmade (2015-10-01). "Buhari's Team of Champions Unveiled". Abuja: ThisDay Live. Archived from the original (Web) on 2015-10-05. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Nigeria's new government to be sworn in after five-month wait". Press TV. 2015-11-11. Retrieved 2015-11-11.
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