Minister of State Foreign Affairs Resigns, to Run for Elective Office, Feb. 2019
The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Khadija Bukar Abba-Ibrahim, has resigned her appointment as minister and member of the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
The minister confirmed this development to some State House correspondents on Wednesday in Abuja.
Abba-Ibrahim, who hails from Yobe state, attributed her action on the need to run for elective office in Feb. 2019 to represent the Damaturu/Tarmuwa/Gujba/Gulani federal constituency of Yobe.
The out-going minister had in October 2018 at the All Progressive Congress (APC) primaries defeated her son-in law, Mohammed Bukar Abba Ibrahim to emerge flag bearer of House of representative seat for the Damaturu/Tarmuwa/Gujba/Gulani constituency of Yobe.
Abba-Ibrahim, who was appointed minister in Nov. 2015 by President Buhari, scored 1,295 votes to defeat her step son who got 15 votes.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the minister’s resignation came barely six weeks after the resignation of Minister of State for Environment, Alhaji Ibrahim Jibril, following his selection by the Nasarawa Emirate Council and subsequent approval by Governor Tanko Umaru Almakura as new Emir of Nasarawa.
NAN observed that no official statement on the resignation of Abba-Ibrahim, who was in attendance of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, from the presidency as of the time of filing this report.(NAN)