Nigerian Senate Confirms Buhari’s Nominees for Cabinet

Nigeria’s Senate approved the final list of 18 cabinet nominees submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, bringing to 36 the total number considered fit to be ministers.

Senate President Bukola Saraki read out the names which the lawmakers approved by voice vote, enabling Buhari to set up his cabinet five months after he took office.

Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy and biggest oil producer, is struggling to cope with falling crude prices, the source of two-thirds of government revenue and more than 90 percent of foreign income. Without a finance minister, the central bank has imposed currency restrictions to conserve the country’s declining reserves.

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