MEMBERS OF THE FEDERAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
S/N Portfolio Name
1 President Commander in chief of the Nigeria Armed Forces Muhammadu Buhari
2 Vice President Yemi Osinbanjo
3 Secretary to the Government of the Federation. BABACHIR DAVID LAWAL
4 Head of Service. Oyo-Ita Winifred Ekanem.
5 Minister of Petroleum Muhammadu Buhari
6 Minister of Petroleum for State. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu
7 Minister of Justice
Attorney General Abubakar Malami
8 Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama
9 Minster for state of Foreign Affair Khadijat Buka Abba Ibrahim
10 Minister of Finance Folake Adeosun
11 Minister of Defence Mansur Dan Ali
12 Minister of Education Adamu Adamu
13 Minister of Education for State. Anthony Onwuka
14 Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment Enyinnaya Okechukwu Enelema
15 Minister of Industry,Trade and Investment. Aisha Abubakar
16 Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngge
17 Minister of Labour and Employment. Non yet
18 Minister of Federal Capital Territory Mohammed Musa Bello
19 Minister of Science and Technology Ogbonnaya Onu
20 Minister of Solid Minerals John Kayode Fayemi
21 Minister of Solid mineral for State. Bawa Bwari Abubakar
22 Minister of Interior Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau
23 Minister of Budget and National Planning Udoma Udo Udoma
24 Minister of Budget and National Planning. Zainab Ahmed
25 Minister of Power, Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola
26 Minister of Power, Works and Housing. Mustapha Baba Shauri
27 Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Audu Ogbeh
28 Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi
29 Minister of Aviation for State. Hadi Sirika
30 Minister of Niger Delta Usani Usani Uguru
31 Minister of Niger Delta for State. Omole Daramola
32 Minster Of Information Lai Mohammed
33 Minister of Environment Amina J Mohammed
34 Minister of Environment for State Ibrahim Jibrin
35 Minister of water Resources Suleiman Adamu Kazaure
36 Minister of Youth and Sports Solomon Dalong
37 Minister for Communication Adebayo Shittu
38 Minister of Health Adebowale Isaac
39 Minister of Health for State. Osagie Ehanire
The inauguration of General Muhammadu Buhari as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on May 29, 2015 was historic as it marked the first time in the country’s history that a victorious opposition candidate was taking over from an incumbent President.
President Buhari was born on 17th December 1942 in Daura, Katsina State to Adamu and Zulaiha Buhari.
President Buhari was raised by his mother, following the death of his father when he was about four years old. He had his primary school education in Daura and Maidua from 1948 to 1952, before proceeding to Katsina Middle School in 1953. Subsequently, he attended the Katsina Provincial Secondary School (now Government College, Katsina) from 1956– 1961, where he earned his West African School Certificate. President Buhari was married to Safinatu Yusuf from 1971 to 1988, and since 1989 to Aisha Halilu. He is blessed with ten children.
He joined the Nigerian Army in 1961 when he was admitted to the Nigerian Military Training College, Kaduna. He underwent the Officer Cadets training at Mons Officer Cadet School in Aldershot, England from 1962 to 1963, and was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in January, 1963. He attended the Nigerian Military College, Kaduna for the Platoon Commanders’ Course from 1963-1964. He was then appointed Platoon Commander of the Second Infantry Battalion in Abeokuta. In 1965, he attended the Mechanical Transport Officers’ Course at the Army Mechanical Transport School in Borden, England. Further military trainings included the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, India in 1973, and the United States Army War College, from June 1979 to June 1980.
As a highly regarded officer, President Buhari held several key command and staff, as well as political appointments during his illustrious military career. These included Military Secretary; Member, Supreme Military Council; Military Governor of the North Eastern State; Federal Commissioner of Petroleum Resources; Chairman, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation; General Officer Commanding, 4th Infantry Division and General Officer Commanding, 3rd Armoured Division.
The military coup of December, 1983 led to the emergence of General Muhammadu Buhari as Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces. The major economic and social thrust of his administration centred on reducing expenses of government; promoting industrialization; reducing the balance of payments deficit by cutting imports; prohibition of borrowing by state governments; realignment of import duties; waging a war against corruption; and instilling a culture of discipline by introducing the popular War Against Indiscipline (WAI).The War Against Indiscipline was one of the most enduring legacies of the Buhari administration. Launched on March 20th, 1984, the policy tried to address the pervasive lack of public morality and civic responsibility in the Nigerian society.
General Buhari was appointed Executive Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) by the Abacha administration in 1994. The main consideration in appointing him to this position was his strict discipline and incorruptibility. The PTF under General Buhari intervened directly in six major areas: Construction/maintenance of roads; water supply; supply of educational materials and rehabilitation of educational infrastructure; health; food supply; and other projects. The impact of this interventionist agency was felt across the entire nation in its four and a half years of existence.
BUHARI IN POLITICS
Driven by a profound sense of patriotism and commitment to national service, General Buhari entered politics in 2003, following Nigeria's return to a democratic dispensation in 1999. He joined the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) and contested the presidential election on its platform that year.
He lost to the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Olusegun Obasanjo. Undaunted by defeat, Buhari continued his political struggle, and on December 18th, 2006, he emerged as the consensus presidential candidate of the All Nigeria People’s Party for the 2007 elections.
His main challenger in the April 2007 presidential polls was the ruling PDP candidate, Umaru Yar’Adua. In the election, Buhari officially scored 18 percent of the total votes cast against 70 percent for Yar’Adua. Buhari rejected the results and in a post election statement, Yar’Adua affirmed that the polls were indeed less than free, fair and credible. After Yar’Adua assumed office, the ANPP agreed to join his purported government of national unity, but Buhari denounced the agreement.
In March 2010, Buhari left the ANPP and formed, with some of his supporters, the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC). General Buhari was nominated as the CPC presidential candidate on April 16th, 2011 for that year’s general election. He ran against the then incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan of the ruling PDP, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), and Ibrahim Shekarau of the ANPP, and other candidates of smaller parties. Using the platform of the CPC, a newly formed party without much finance and essential party structures in the states, Buhari was able to garner 12, 214, 853 votes, coming second to Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP, who polled 22, 495, 197 votes.
Honours held by President Buhari include:
• Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR)
• Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR)
• Defence Service Medal (DSM)
• National Service Medal (NSM)
• General Service Medal (GSM)
• Loyal Service and Good Conduct (LSGCM)
• Forces Service Staff (FSS)
• The Congo Medal
• Global Seal of Integrity (GSOI)
Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Oluyemi Oluleke Osinbajo, GCON is the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria . Born on March 8 ,1957 at Creek Hospital, Lagos, Yemi is a professor of law and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria. He is married to Oludolapo Osinbajo (nee Soyode), grand daughter of the late sage and statesman, Chief Obafemi Awolowo. They are blessed with three children.
Yemi’s early years in primary school were spent at Corona School Lagos. Between 1969- 1975, he attended Igbobi College, Yaba where he was the winner of the State Merit Award (1971); the School Prize for English Oratory (1972); Adeoba Prize for English Oratory (1972-1975); Elias Prize for Best Performance in History (WASC, 1973); School Prize for Literature (HSC, 1975); and African Statesman Intercollegiate Best Speaker’s Prize (1974).
He studied for his undergraduate degree at the University of Lagos between 1975-1978 when he obtained a Second Class Upper Degree in Law. Here, he also won the Graham-Douglas Prize for Commercial Law. In 1979, he completed the mandatory one-year professional training at the Nigerian Law School whereon he was admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of Nigeria's Supreme Court. In 1980, he attended the London School of Economics & Political Science, where he obtained a Master of Laws degree.
An accomplished scholar, teacher, lawyer and administrator, Yemi is one of the nation’s leading experts on the Law of Evidence, National and Regional Corporate Commercial Laws and Public Law.
From 1979 –1980, Osinbajo participated in the one-year youth service programme as a Legal Officer with Bendel Development and Planning Authority (BDPA), in the now defunct Bendel State, Nigeria. In 1981, the University of Lagos, Nigeria, engaged Osinbajo as a Lecturer. From 1988–1992, he was appointed as an Adviser (Legal Advice and Litigation), to the then Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Prince Bola Ajibola, KBE.
In 1994, he became a Professor of Law following which he was appointed Head of Department of Public Law, University of Lagos. Between 1999 and 2007, Osinbajo was Member of Cabinet of the Lagos State Government where he served as Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.
From 2007 – 2013 Osinbajo was once again employed as a Professor of Law, Department of Public Law, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos. In 2007, Osinbajo became Senior Partner at SimmonsCooper Partners, Nigeria ( a commercial law practice).
Other past roles of Professor Osinbajo include:
Staff Member, United Nations Operations in Somalia, Justice Division, UNOSOM II. Member, United Nations Secretary General’s Committee of Experts on Conduct and Discipline of UN, Peacekeeping Personnel around the globe, Member, 2006. Partner in Law Firm of Osinbajo, Kukoyi & Adokpaye.
Yemi is a member of the International Bar Association and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and has served on the Nigerian Body of Benchers and the Council for Legal Education of Nigeria. He was also an independent director of CitiBank Nigeria and an ethics adviser to the board of the Africa Development Bank (ADB). He has authored several books.
Reform & Charity Work
While in public office as Attorney General, Lagos, Yemi is credited with undertaking far-reaching significant judicial reform in Lagos State, addressing critical areas as judges' recruitment, remuneration, training and discipline. In addition, he addressed access to justice for the poor by establishing appropriate institutions in the Office of the Public Defender (OPD) and the Citizens Mediation Centre (CMC).
Yemi founded the Orderly Society Trust (OST) involved in an Excel literacy programme that aims to provide children in public primary schools with the same level of training in English as is available to their counterparts in private schools . Yemi also co-founded Justice Research Institute (Gte), a justice sector think tank as well as the Convention On Business Integrity.
As a spiritual leader, Osinbajo has organized various initiatives that work towards social justice. He organizes the Liberty Schools Project that provides free primary school education with free school lunches to poor children. This Project has three sites in poor communities in Obanikoro, Ikota and Makoko, all in Lagos. Other initiatives include free health care facilities, free legal services, social rehabilitation, skills acquisition for the very poor, a regular soup kitchen service, and free shelter for young people without accommodation.
PROFILE OF THE SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FEDERATION (SGF)
ENGR. BABACHIR DAVID LAWAL
Engr. Babachir David Lawal was born 2nd October, 1954 in Hong Local Government Area of Adamawa State.
He completed his primary education at St. Patrick's Primary School, Maiduguri in 1969 and proceeded to the Nigeria Military School Zaria, from 1970 – 1974 for his secondary education. He then attended the School of Basic Studies, ABU, Zaria from 1974 to 1975.
Lawal, studied Electrical Engineering at the Amadu Bello University, Zaria and graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical). He later bagged a Bachelor of Arts (Christian Theology) at the ECWA Theological Seminar in Jos in 2007.
Engr. Babachir D. Lawal began his working career in Delta Steel Company, Ovwian-Aladja where he rose to the position of Senior Engineer, this was from 1979 – 1984. He later worked at Nigerian External Telecommunications Ltd, Lagos as a Principal Engineer from 1984 to 1986.
He was at Data Sciences Nigeria Ltd, from 1986 to 1989, where he attained the position of Regional Manager, before he left to establish his own company Rholavision Engineering Ltd, Kaduna in 1990. He ran his own company successfully until he was appointed the Secretary to the Government of the Federation on the 27th of August, 2015.
Engr. Babachir David Lawal joined active politics in 2002 through the membership of All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) with the sole objective of working towards the emergence of the then General Muhammadu Buhari as the President of Nigeria. This was informed by his knowledge and understanding of President Buhari as a very patriotic, incorruptible and disciplined person who believes in the unity of Nigeria and justice for all its citizens irrespective of one's status in the society.
Political offices held :
i. State Deputy Coordinator, The Buhari Campaign Organisation, Adamawa State (2002 – 2005)
ii. State Coordinator, The Buhari Campaign Organisation, Adamawa State, (2005 – 2010)
iii. Member, Congress For Progressive Change National Contact and Mobilization Committee (2010 – 2013)
iv. Member, Congress For Progressive Change Renewal Committee, 2012
v. Member, All Progressive Change Merger Committee, 2013
vi. Ex-Officious Member, All Progressives Change Interim Management Committee (2013 – 2014)
vii. APC National Vice Chairman, North East (2014 to date)
viii. Member, APC Presidential Campaign Committee, 2015
Membership of Professional Bodies:
a. Member, Nigeria Computer Society, NCS
b. Member, Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE
c. Member Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, COREN
d. Member, Project Management Institute, PMI
e. Member, International Institute of Business Analysis, IIBA
f. Member, Change Management Institute, CMI
Engineer B. D. Lawal is happily married with children.
HEAD OF SERVICE
Oyo-Ita Winifred Ekanem is a native of Adiabo community of Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross Rivers State. She was born in April 1964.
Oyo-Ita had her secondary education at Queens College Yaba. After her secondary education, she got admission into the University of Lagos, where she studied and obtained a B.Sc in Accounting in the year 1984. She also holds a Master’s degree which she obtained from the Nasarawa State University.
After several years in the service of the government of the federation, Oyo-Ita Ekanem became the Director, Finance and Accounts at the Head of Civil Service of the Federation.
On October 21, 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari announced the appointment of Oyo-Ita as the Head of the Civil Service of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. She also serves as the permanent secretary of the ministry of science and technology. Prior to her appointment as the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology in April 2014, Oyo-Ita was the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs.
Oyo-Ita is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).