Kemi Adeosun dropped her resignation on Friday after the certificate forgery scandal.
To replace her, President Muhammadu Buhari approved that the Minister of State Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed.
Ahmed is to henceforth oversee the Ministry of Finance with effect from today, September 15th.
However, the appointment of Zainab Ahmed, a northerner has sparked national debate. While some have argued that priority shouldn’t be placed on the tribe of the appointee but on her qualifications, some others say Buhari is tribalistic.
See reactions below
Zainab Ahmed appointed as the new finance minister.
Buhari eats nepotism, drinks nepotism, breathes nepotism, bleeps nepotism.
All those southerners preparing to re-elect him in 2019… Ntoooorr! pic.twitter.com/DTzLtE7kZV
— The Mouth That Eats Salt & Pepper (@Manlike_ED) September 14, 2018
After appointing another Muslim Northerner to head DSS, @Mbuhari replaced @HMKemiAdeosun with a Muslim Northerner, Zainab Ahmed. If given the chance, the nepotic Buhari will replace even the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria with a Northern Muslim! #RenosDarts
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) September 15, 2018
This Zainab Ahmed’s appointment made me understand that In Nigeria, when government makes any appointment, the first thing her citizens look out for is his/her tribe, religion and region instead of CV and competence. And you are wondering why we are not growing as a country
— Your Village People (@Onyema_Donald) September 14, 2018
Why are y’all focused on Zainab Ahmed being a Northerner rather than being competent?
Did anyone Atleast try to check her CV? I guess not.
Buhari has the right to appoint anyone, so far he can trust and work with them.
Zainab Ahmed is a Nigerian and if she’s good so be it pic.twitter.com/e6sF3mWSjH
— Confused Citizen (@Murphyjesse) September 15, 2018
Let’s be counting it oo.
Dr. Kayode Fayemi, former Minister for Solid Minerals (Southwest) resigned but up till now Abubakar Bawa Bwari (North) is still the Minister.
Kemi Adeosun, former Minister for Finance (Southwest) resigned but Zainab Ahmed (North) is replacing her.
— Boladale Adekoya (@Adekoyabee) September 14, 2018
Two consecutive Northern Muslims appointments by Buhari in 24 hoursThis man unapologetically Tribalistic and Sectional.
We have not recovered from Yusuf Magaji Bichi’s controversial appointment, we’ve yet been hit by another Zainab Ahmed.
Nigeria has been sold!!!
— OONI OF ABUJA (@Deji_Blissfield) September 14, 2018
When a northerner was announced the new dss boss, we called it tribalism, they argued that position was originally held by a northerner.Fayemi resigned, a notherner took over and today Zainab Ahmed is taking a position originally held by the west. Tribe has always been a prob.
— applelips (@kuku_dash) September 14, 2018