The Senate President, Bukola Saraki at today’s plenary announced that President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Okechukwu Enyinna Enelamah, the head of the Nigeria’s biggest private equity firm to join his cabinet, as lawmakers on Tuesday started the screening of candidates ahead of a long-awaited government.
The Senate President however did not specify a portfolio for Okechukwu Enyinna Enelamah, head of African Capital Alliance (ACA), as he read out a second batch of Buhari’s cabinet nominees that need to be approved by the upper house on Tuesday.
Enelamah, a former Goldman Sachs banker, is a founder and chief executive of ACA, which has raised over $750 million in managed funds since its inception in 1997.
President Buhari will only reveal the cabinet portfolios once the upper house approves his list.
Meanwhile, President Buhari has withdrawn the name of former Deputy Governor of Niger State, Ahmed Musa Ibeto from his ministerial list.
The withdrawal of Ibeto’s name may not be unconnected to the fact that like Ibeto, another ministerial nominee, Abubakar Bawa Bwari, who was among the second batch of 16 nominees announced by Senate President yesterday, also hails from Niger State, bringing the total number of nominees to 36 from 37 earlier submitted.