The screening and clearance of the ministerial nominees of President Muhammadu Buhari was
concluded last Thursday with all the 36 nominees scaling the hurdle. The Federal Executive
Committee, FCE, is consequently expected to be inaugurated next Wednesday after President
Buhari has sworn-in the new ministers. Mixed reactions had trailed the nomination of some of the
ministers for several reasons. As the new cabinet sets to take shape, Nigerians have already selected
those they believe are the most outstanding among the ministerial nominees and have tagged them
“Buhari’s First 11.” ASSISTANT EDITOR, Sunday Pilot, MIKE ODIAKOSE x-rays these
outstanding nominees who left indelible marks in their previous places of assignments before Mr.
President picked them to join his cabinet

Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN)
The choice of the immediate
past governor of Lagos State,
Babatunde Raji Fashola,
received accolades from
across the country. Prior to his
nomination there was subtle
campaign of calumny to
decry Fashola, but President
Buhari and millions of
Nigerians understood why
his distracters embarked on
the failed mission. President
Buhari, through his body
language made it clear from
the beginning that Fashola is
a man after his heart. There
is consensus that the federal
cabinet would have been
incomplete without Fashola
occupying a front seat in the
Apart from his outstanding
performance in Lagos for
eight years, Fashola again
showed the stuff he was
made with during his
screening when he kept the
Senators and viewers at hom
on the edge of their seats
while the screening lasted.
Though a lawyer and Senior
Advocate of Nigeria (SAN),
Fashola showed a very
good grasp of a wide range
of issues outside his legal
profession. He turnaround of
Lagos state might fetch him
the Minister of the Federal
Capital Territory if President
Buhari wishes to improve on the standard in the FCT.
Though a two-term governor,
many Nigerians still do not
perceive Fashola to be a
politician but rather he is seen
from the prism of an astute
manager of men and resources.
Dr. Osagie Ehanire – (Edo)
Dr. Ehanire is the blood
brother of Senator Daisy
Danjuma, the wife of the former
minister of defense, General
TY Danjuma. He is one of the
most outstanding medical
doctors in the country and
was Senior Registrar, Clinical
Instructor, University of Benin
Teaching Hospital; member
of the old Bendel and Edo
States Hospital Management
Board; Consultant Surgeon,
Shell Petroleum Development
Company of Nigeria; Clinical
Course instructor, Fracture
Internal Fixation course, BG
Fashola Osagie Ehanire
the person of Buhari, and
urged Nigerians to disregard
the insinuations that Buhati
will Islamise the country if
elected president. Dr. Ehanire
had maintained that Buhari
cares less of religion being an
open-minded individual who
practises his religion with
sincerity and does not deter
others from practising their
belief, noting such unfounded
statement will not work
Senator Aisha Jummai
Alhassan (Taraba)
Senator Aisha Alhassan was
the first female Chief Registrar
of the FCT High Court. A
lawyer and administrator per
excellence, Senator Alhassan
left her footprints in the sand
of time in FCT Judiciary where
she was immortalised by the
management by naming the
ultra-modern library in Wuse
Magistrate Court complex
after her.
She is instrumental in the
building and furnishing of the
new high-rise FCT High Court
complex, Maitama and the
remodelling and furnishing
of all the other courts in the
FCT. On her watch, the FCT
judiciary was upgraded to
the digital stage, competing
favourably with the Federal
High Courts and Lagos High
Senator Alhassan was born
on September 16, 1959 in
Jalingo, Taraba State. Her
father, Alhaji Abubakar
Ibrahim, is a recipient of the
national honours of the Order
of the Niger, OON. She is a
law graduate of the Ahmadu
Bello University, Zaria and
went into Students Union
politics in ABU Main campus
Accident Hospital, Duisburg,
Germany. He co-authored the
orthopaedic book “The severely
injured limb” edited By John
During the electioneering
campaign, Dr. Ehanire was
the Edo State Coordinator of
General Muhammadu Buhari
Campaign Organisation, and
he was able to convince the
people of the state that there
are many misconceptions about

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