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All Nigeria Latest News reported that the President of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu on Friday forwarded the names of Festus Keyamo and Mariya Mahmoud Bunkure to the Senate for screening and confirmation as Ministers.

This is the profile of the two new nominees:

  1. Festus Egwarewa Keyamo

Festus Egwarewa Keyamo was born on January 21, 1970. 

Keyamo hails from Effurun in Delta State but was born in Ughelli.

He is a lawyer, columnist, human rights activist and a SAN.

In April 2018, Keyamo was appointed as the director of Strategic Communications of the 2019 re-election bid of President Buhari.

Keyamo had his primary education at Model Primary School and secondary education at Government College, Ughelli, where he obtained the West African School Certificate in 1986.

He later proceeded to Ambrose Alli University at Ekpoma, in Edo State where he received a Bachelor of Law degree in 1992 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in December 1993.

He began his legal career in 1993 at Gani Fawehinmi’s Chambers in Lagos State.

After he spent two years at Gani Fawehinmi’s chambers, he left to establish Festus Keyamo Chambers.

He was counsel to the leader of the Niger-Delta Peoples’ Volunteer Force, Mujahid Dokubo-Asari in his trial for treasonable felony and lead counsel in the treason trial of Ralph Uwazuruike, the leader of the Movement For The Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB).

Keyamo was also a counsel in the murder of Bola Ige.

In 2008, he took the Federal Government of Nigeria to court over illegal appointments of service chiefs.

Festus was among the nominated ministers of the second administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

On 21 August 2019, Keyamo was appointed Nigeria’s Minister of State, for Niger Delta, before he was redeployed to Ministry of Labour and Employment by President Muhammadu Buhari on September 24, 2019.

2. Mariya Mahmoud Bunkure

Mariya Mahmoud Bunkure was born in Kano State at Bunkure town

Mariya was the commissioner for Higher education in Kano State

Mariya was appointed by former Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

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