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Nigeria: Ministers - the Profiles (ii)

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Adetokunbo Kayode (SAN)

Minister of Defence

Prince Adetokunbo Kayode (SAN) is a 1981 University of Lagos graduate of Law. He comes from Ikare-Akoko in Ondo State. He was a staunch member of the Abuja chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA). In 2007, he was first appointed Minister of Culture & Tourism and then Labour and Productivity. After Chief Mike Aondoakaa (SAN) was demoted from Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation early this year to Special Duties Minister, Kayode was appointed AGF. Kayode is a prominent senior legal practitioner who had been counsel to the Federal Government, PDP, INEC, etc. He is one of the earliest legal practitioners in Abuja.

Murtala Yar'Adua

Minister of Defence (State)

Alhaji Murtala Yar'Adua whose ministerial nomination generated controversy in his family is the eldest son of late Gen. Shehu Yar'Adua, elder brother to President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua.

After his secondary education, Murtala attended South-eastern University, London, England and graduated with a B. Sc Degree in Business Management and an MBA in Financial Management. Following in his father's tracks, in politics, business and now defence, he served as Director of Intel Services Ltd, Port Harcourt; Nation House Press, Kaduna, Hamada Holdings Nigeria Ltd, Kaduna. He also served as a member of the Board Directors of Platinum Habib Nigeria Bank Plc. He was turbaned Tafidan Katsina in 2002, a traditional title he inherited from his late father.

Bala Mohammed

Minister of FCT

Senator Bala Mohammed was born in 1958 and attended Duguri primary school, Government secondary school, Bauchi and University of Maiduguri where he read English. He was elected a Senator in 2007, representing Bauchi South. He is a vocal voice among the members of the red floor of the Senate. This, he displayed during the early days of Yar'Adua's ill-health controversy, when he was the first to ask for the invocation of Section 144 of the 1999 constitution and declare President Yar'Adua incapacitated. He was then the arrowhead of the pro-Jonathan Senators in the Senate.

Olusegun Aganga

Minister of Finance

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