It’s been more than two months since President Muhammadu Buhari swore 36 ministers into his cabinet, nearly six months after he himself was sworn in. Although the senate had approved all 36 nominees, no one knew initially which portfolio each of the ministers would be assigned. Dan-Ali will be the defense minister, whose main priority will be to subdue Boko Haram. Geoffrey Onyeama resumed as Foreign Affairs Minister. Not much has been updated since then. The president also named a new chief for the country’s anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Ibraham Mustafa Magu, Nigeria’s Assistant Commissioner of Police will replace Ibrahim Lamorde, an appointee of former President Goodluck Jonathan. Lamorde, recently the subject of a controversy involving various alleged corruption cases, went on terminal leave in November. The Senate late last year called on Buhari’s administration to investigate Jonathan’s government in the wake of questions about funds allegedly siphoned from poverty alleviation programs. President Buhari was elected in March 2015, defeating former president Goodluck Jonathan. His swearing in marked the first peaceful transfer of power between parties in Nigeria’s history. (Source: The Guardian [Lagos], 11/14/15; VOA Voice of America, 11/6/15, 11/10/15, 11/11/15).
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