Amina J. Mohammed: ‘We thought we could intimidate her’ – Minister

The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday held an emotional valedictory session for the outgoing Minister of Environment, Amina J. Mohammed.

The outgoing minister had served President Buhari’s administration for fifteen months and set to resume her duties at the UN headquarters in New York, in March. She attended her last council meeting on Wednesday where she was celebrated by her colleagues.

At the valedictory session chaired by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, her fellow ministers got emotional as she endlessly struggled to stop her tears from flowing.

Amina J. Mohammed’s  minister of state for environment, Ibrahim Jibril, who was unable to hold back his tears said the past 15 months have been one of excitement working with a near perfect team leader. According to him Mohammed has added “value to what we do in Nigeria”.

The Budget minister, Udoma Udoma said, “she always struck us as capable, very focus, dogged and determined; very polite but stood her ground. Initially, we thought we could intimidate her but it was not possible.”


The communications minister, Adebayo Shittu, said she was second to none on her job. He added, “some of us started learning on the job but she was a master”.


Others that spoke at the valedictory session included the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika; Minister of Women Affairs, Hajiya Aisha Alhassan; Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Ms. Aisha Abubakar; and the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.

Amina Mohammed, 56, had served as the UN under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser to former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Post-2015 Development Planning.


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