Adjournment for Deliberations: Senate Breaks Plenary After Confirming 45 Ministerial Nominees

The Nigerian Senate has recently concluded the comprehensive screening process for the 48 ministerial nominees put forth by President Bola Tinubu.


This event marked a significant step in the government’s effort to fill key positions in the administration.

Confirmation of Nominees

Among the 48 individuals nominated for ministerial roles, the Senate confirmed 45 of them through the legislative process.

This approval demonstrates the Senate’s endorsement of the majority of the nominees and their potential contributions to the government’s initiatives.

Unsuccessful Confirmations

However, three of the nominees faced a different fate.


The immediate past Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, Stella Okotete, and Abubakar Sani Danladi were not granted confirmation by the lawmakers.

The rationale behind this decision was the Senate’s ongoing wait for the completion of their security clearance process.

Pending Security Clearance

Nasir El-Rufai, in particular, who had previously served as the Governor of Kaduna State, found himself among the nominees whose confirmation was withheld.

The Senate’s decision was grounded in their need to receive the necessary security clearance documentation before fully approving his appointment and those of the others in a similar situation.

Adjournment of Plenary

Following the screening process and the subsequent confirmation of the majority of the nominees, the Senate adjourned its plenary session to reconvene at 8:30 pm.


This break marked a temporary halt in their proceedings, providing time for further deliberations and considerations.

List of Confirmed Nominees

The list of successfully confirmed ministerial nominees includes a diverse group of individuals hailing from various states across Nigeria.

These appointments signal the government’s commitment to assembling a team capable of addressing a broad spectrum of issues and representing the interests of the nation.

1. Abubakar Kyari – Borno State
2. Abubakar Momoh – Edo State
3. Nyesom Wike – Rivers State
4. Prof. Joseph Utsev – Benue State
5. John Eno – Cross River State
6. Bello Mohammed – Sokoto State
7. Mohammed Badaru Abubakar – Jigawa State
8. Yusuf Maitama Tuggar – Bauchi State
9. Uju Ken Ohaneyen – Anambra State
10. Olubunmi Tunji Ojo – Ondo State
… (and so on)


In this round of ministerial appointments, the Nigerian Senate’s decision to confirm the majority of the nominees while withholding approval for a few due to security clearance concerns reflects their diligence in ensuring that the individuals tasked with key roles meet the necessary standards.


The diverse range of confirmed nominees signifies the government’s pursuit of a team that can effectively address the nation’s challenges and priorities.

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