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Lagosians Unhappy Over Obanikoro’s Ministerial Portfolio

Lagosians Unhappy Over Obanikoro’s Ministerial Portfolio

A cross section of Lagosians have expressed dismay and are unhappy over the ministerial position given to its nominee, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro.

Our correspondent who was on the streets of Lagos minutes after the announcement of Obanikoro as Minister of State II for Foreign Affairs  was told by respondents that they believed that they have been short-changed by the Federal Government. They wondered why Lagos, the commercial capital of Nigeria and a major contributor to the Nation’s economy will continually be offered a junior ministerial position.

A respondent, Abiodun Fabiyi stated “To be honest, I do not see how the appointment of a Minister will help the President at this stage of his administration which has a few months left, but giving Lagos a Minister of State position is an insult to the state. We have a few full Ministerial positions that were available, is Lagos that unimportant to President Jonathan?”

Another blamed the inordinate ambition of Senator for the slight on Lagosians, she believed that the state could have been better treated if Obanikoro was not the nominee. She stated that the Ekiti Elections tape incident could have been responsible for tucking Senator Obanikoro away in Foreign Affairs.

Even on Senator Obanikoro’s twitter handle, opinions were divided on the appointment @cbboyewa wrote “Getit right, Minister of State 2, not even one, that is not promotion na demotion. This was in response to a congratulatory message by @iamchrisejiro who stated “Congratulations boss, they tried, more grease to your elbow”.

President Jonathan with the new Ministers

President Jonathan with the new Ministers

 In his last stint as Minister, Obanikoro who was formerly Nigeria’s High Commissioner for Ghana served in the capacity of Minister of State for Defence, the same position held by another Lagosian, Mr. Demola Seriki.

Apart from Obanikoro, The new ministerial appointees who were assigned portfolios by the president, shortly before the commencement of the weekly Council Meeting
included Dr.  Alhassan Khaliru‎  Minister of Health,  Engr. Fidelis Nwankwo, (Ebonyi State) new Minister of State, Health‎, Senator Patricia Akwashiki ‎ (Nasarawa)  Minister of Information, Prof. Nicholas Ada (Benue) Minister of State Foreign Affairs 1‎, Col. Augustine Akobundu (rtd) (Abia State) Minister of State, Defence,  Mrs. Hauwa’u Lawan Bappa, Minister of State, Niger Delta Affairs, Kenneth Kobani (Rivers)‎ Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment and ‎Sen. Joel Danlami Ikenya (Taraba), Minister of Labour.

‎The new ministers were sworn in two batches (four per batch) in the presence of Council members, friends and family members.

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