Buhari inaugurates ministers

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn 43 ministers into his cabinet about two months after his inauguration.

The nominated ministers had been announced last month as they underwent screening at the Senate. All the 43 persons nominated by the president were confirmed in an exercise that lasted five days.

Critics of the screening said it was more of an endorsement of the persons nominated by Buhari instead of it being an actual screening.

The new ministers would be assigned portfolios after their inauguration.

Most of the ministers are political veterans, many of whom were key players in Buhari’s re-election campaign.

The new cabinet will have to confront slowing growth caused by a collapse in oil revenues that has weakened the currency, the naira, and slashed government revenues.

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