Nigerian President Seeks an Economist for his Cabinet

Abuja, (Prensa Latina) Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan asked the Senate to appoint Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as a member of his cabinet. Okonjo-Iweala is a manager in the World Bank and will the new Minister of Finance.

Ngozi Okonjo was finance minister in 2003 and Minister of Foreign Relations in 2006. She was also among those proposed for replacing World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz.

While she was minister of finance she negotiated the cancellation of Nigeria’s debt with the Paris Club in 2005 and was known for her fight against corruption.

According to experts her inclusion in the new cabinet provides credibility to the President’s reform aspirations.

Jonathan presented 34 of the 40 members of his new cabinet to the Senate. Among them were Deziani Alison-Madueke, former Petroleum Resources Minister and the former Minister of Finance, Olusegun Aganga.

The President, who represents the People’s Democratic Party, began his first term in April and there is a great expectation around his cabinet on behalf of Nigerians as well as among foreign investors.

The presidential elections were marked by violence, and hundreds died in clashes between southern Christians loyal to Jonathan, and Muslims from the north, followers of Muhammadu Buhara.

The President was accused of changing votes in the south to neutralize the votes of Buhara’s followers, the majority being members of the Congress for Progressive Change.

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