By Stanley Azuakola
Nurudeen Mohammed is the minister of state for foreign affairs and ever since Labaran Maku resigned as minister of information in other to embark on his journey to become the governor of Nasarawa state, Mohammed has been acting as the supervising minister of information.
Mohammed, a consultant psychiatrist, made a splash in July 2011, when as a 35 year old, he was invited to the senate chambers for screening as minister, and made an introductory speech to the senators that impressed them and made everyone pay attention to him. Even Pres. Jonathan reportedly heard of his performance in the senate during his screening and commended him for it.
Since his appointment in 2011, he has been the poster boy of the federal government’s determination to give young people a chance in governance. Mohammed owes his political ascension firstly to the governor of Jigawa state, Sule Lamido, who read some non-partisan political essays written by Mohammed and took to him. Mohammed said that his meeting with Lamido “changed my course into partisan politics.”
Born on 20th August 1976, Mohammed is now 38 years old and last week, he took another step in furtherance of his political career, as he emerged as the PDP deputy governorship candidate in Jigawa. He would be running alongside, Malam Aminu Ringim, the former chief of staff to Gov. Lamido, who is the PDP flagbearer in Jigawa.
Good luck to the minister?
Below is a video of the minister giving a 10 minutes speech during last year’s May Day celebration when young Nigerians met with Pres. Goodluck Jonathan in Aso Rock.