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Cablegate: Nigerian Slow-Moving Reshuffle Update: Senate

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL KGOV PINR NI
SUBJECT: NIGERIAN SLOW-MOVING RESHUFFLE UPDATE: SENATE
CONFIRMS 13 MINISTERIAL NOMINEES, RECEIVES 5 MORE NAMES

REF: ABUJA 2269

1. (SBU) SUMMARY: On December 3, the Senate confirmed the
list of 13 ministerial nominees forwarded to them by Nigerian
President Umaru Yar'Adua (reftel), and acknowledged the
receipt of five more names to fill the 22 vacancies created
by the October 29 removal of 19 ministers, the resignation of
another, and the creation of 2 slots for the new Ministry for
the Niger Delta. Press reports indicate that a sixth name
was forwarded to, but not publicly acknowledged by, Senate
President David Mark. As is normal procedure here, no
indication of future portfolios was given, nor was any
indication given as to when a third list would be forwarded
that would presumably fill out the rest of Yar'Adua's
cabinet. END SUMMARY.

2. (SBU) On December 3, the full Senate took only 18 minutes
to confirm President Yar'Adua's November 17 list of 13
nominees, which included Dr. Sam Egwu (Ebonyi State), Dr.
Rilwanu Lukman (Kaduna State), Professor Dora Akunyili
(Anambra State), Professor Babatunde Osotimehin (Ogun State),
Dr. Shettima Mustafa (Borno State), Nuhu Somo Way (Kaduna
State), Ibrahim Sanni Bio (Kwara State), Sanni Mohammed
Ndanusa (Niger State), Jibril Maigari (Yobe State), Aliyu
Ikra Bilbis (Zamfara State), Ibrahim Yakubu Lame (Bauchi
State), Bello Jibril Gada (Sokoto State), and Ibrahim Kazaure
(Jigawa State). No portfolio has yet been linked to any
particular name from this list.

3. (SBU) The five new nominees whose names were sent by
President Yar'Adua to the Senate on December 3 and announced
by Senate President Mark include:

-- Muhammed Adamu Aliero (Kebbi State), a sitting Senator and
Governor of Kebbi State from 1999-2007 for the All Nigeria
People's Party (ANPP). He also served in the Nigeria Customs
and Excise Service and has worked in the private sector. His
appointment is widely seen as a reward for his role in aiding
Yar'Adua's in-law, Magatakarda, to succeed him as Governor of
Kebbi State.

-- Babtunde Omotoba (Ekiti State) is a Director at Africa
Finance Corporation. He has also held executive positions at
Arthur Andersen (Nigeria) and Illinois-based Smith Whiley and
Company.

-- Abdulrahman Adamu (Adamawa State) was the ANPP's
gubernatorial candidate in 2007 and is the younger brother of
former Inspector General of Police, Gambo Jimeta.

-- Humphrey Enemakwu Abbah (Kogi State) is a lawyer who
allegedly has a "419" advance fee fraud case pending against
him in Niger State for defrauding a Brazilian company of $5
million in July 2005. He was also reported to have been
arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in
2006.

-- Salamatu Husaaini Suleiman (Kebbi State) is a former ANPP
gubernatorial candidate.

4. (SBU) According to press reports, Captain Emmanuel
Iheanacho (Imo State) is the one nominee whose name was
forwarded to the Senate but not read aloud by Mark, for
reasons so far unknown.

5. (SBU) Comment: As we suggested previously and the
18-minute confirmation hearing confirms (see reftel), the
first tranche of 13 new Ministers includes mostly
non-controversial nominations. The second tranche, and
presumably a third, may not sail through the process as
easily, particularly given threats made earlier by Senators
that they would not simply rubber-stamp whatever names
Yar'Adua might forward to them. End Comment.
Sanders

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