Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs has announced her resignation from President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet.
Backstory: The Minister made the announcement during the commencement of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja on Wednesday.
Appointed in 2015 by the President despite already winning a seat in the National Assembly representing Damaturu/Tarmuwa/Gujba/Gulani Federal Constituency of Yobe State, Ibrahim made it known that Wednesday’s FEC meeting will be her last as a minister.
It can be recalled that Ibrahim had previously contested and won the primaries of the All Progressive Congress (APC) party in October last year, to contest in the February 16th House of Representatives election, defeating her relative Mohammed Ibrahim who got 15 votes, after she received 1,295 votes.
With history in service starting from her role as Commissioner for Transport and Energy in Borno State, she got elected into the Lower Chambers of the house in 2007, and was re-elected into the same position in 2011 and 2015.
Coming just one month after the resignation of Ibrahim Jubril, who served as the Minister of State for Environment following his selection by the Nasarawa Emirate Council and approval by Governor Tanko Almakura as Emir, Ibrahim joins five other ministers who over time have resigned from the Buhari led cabinet for one reason or the other.
A timeline of the resignation dates back to Amina Mohammed’s February 2017 resignation from her position as Minister of Environment following an appointment at the United Nations as UN Deputy Secretary General.
This was followed by Kayode Fayemi’s resignation from Minister of Solid Minerals in May 2018 to contest for the Ekiti governorship, Kemi Adeosun’s controversial resignation in September after she was exposed for forging her NYSC exemption certificate and Senator Aisha Alhassan’s resignation from her appointment as the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development in September 2018, due to political conflicts within the APC.
Khadija is a former Yobe first lady. She is married to current senator and former governor of Yobe State, Bukar Abba Ibrahim,