Bola Tinubu’s youngest cabinet members are making waves in Nigerian politics.
With a fresh approach and a nod to the next generation, President Tinubu has assembled a team of young visionaries.
In this article, we delve into the profiles of the youngest ministers in President Tinubu’s cabinet, all of whom are below the age of 45.
These trailblazers are not just breaking the glass ceiling; they are redefining the future of Nigerian politics.
Hannatu Musawa, the Minister of Art, Culture, and Creative Economy, emerged as a prominent figure during the 2023 presidential election.
She served as the secretary of the screening committee for presidential aspirants of the All Progressives Congress and was subsequently appointed as the President’s Special Adviser on Culture and Entertainment Economy.
Holding degrees in Law, Legal Aspects of Marine Affairs, and Oil and Gas Law from universities in the UK, she is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Betta Edu, a medical doctor and politician, stands as one of the youngest ministers in the country at the age of 37.
She currently serves as the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation and is the first female minister from Cross River State.
Her journey into politics commenced in 2015 when she became the youngest Special Adviser to the then Governor of Cross River State, Benedict Ayade. Assigned the portfolio of Community and Primary Healthcare, she made her mark. In 2019, she advanced to become the Commissioner for Health in the state.
Her dedication to gender inclusion and women’s empowerment was recognized by the Federal Government, earning her the Award of Excellence in Leadership for Gender Inclusion and Women Empowerment in July 2023.
Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, affectionately known as BTO, is the Minister of Interior at the age of 41. An engineer, entrepreneur, and politician, he represented Akoko North East/Akoko North-West Federal Constituency of Ondo State in the House of Representatives from 2019 to 2023.
During his time in the House, he brought substantial infrastructural development and empowerment programs to his constituency. He is notably remembered for leading the House of Representatives probe into the alleged mismanagement of over N80 billion in the Niger Delta Development Commission.
Doris Uzoka-Anite, born in 1981, is the Minister for Industry, Trade, and Investment.
Her dynamic career spans medicine, banking, and politics, with roles as a Commissioner for Finance and Co-ordinating Economy in Imo State, transitioning from medicine to a successful banking career at Zenith Bank, where she managed transactions worth billions of dollars.
Her extensive qualifications include degrees in Medicine, Business Administration, and Master’s degrees from prestigious institutions.
Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim, born in 1980, became Nigeria’s first female Minister of State, Police Affairs.
Her impactful career includes multiple political appointments, such as special adviser on strategic communication to the Minister of State for Education and membership on the Nasarawa State Economic Advisory Council.
Notably, she was appointed as the Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) for six months, where she expanded the agency’s coverage, investigated cases, and rescued victims. In 2021, she assumed the role of Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees Migrants, and Internally Displaced Persons.
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