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Geoffrey Onyeama being sworn in with other ministers

Foreign minister Onyeama celebrates appointment

Nigeria’s new foreign minister Geoffrey Jideofor Onyeama celebrated his elevation into President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet yesterday at the Hilton in Abuja.

Geoffrey Onyeama celebrating at the Hilton Abuja
Geoffrey Onyeama celebrating at the Hilton Abuja

Onyeama, a Cambridge-trained lawyer from Eke in Enugu State, was joined by friends, family and well-wishers at the gathering after being sworn in as Nigeria’s top diplomat.

Onyeama (right) welcomes guests to the party
Onyeama (right) welcomes guests to the party

Interestingly, also at the party was Osita Okechukwu aka “High Number”, who was tipped to be the ministerial nominee from Enugu State, until Onyeama displaced him on the list. Okechukwu is also an indigene of Eke and put on a happy face at the occasion.

Osita Okechukwu at the Hilton Abuja
Osita Okechukwu at the Hilton Abuja

Other guests included Senate Deputy President Ike Ekweremadu, from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) also from Enugu State.

Senator Ike Ekweremadu at the party
Senator Ike Ekweremadu at the party

Ekweremadu didn’t know who Onyeama was when his name first read out on the floor of the Senate as the Enugu State nominee. He knows him now well enough to join in the celebration.

Guests joining in celebrating with the new foreign minister
Guests joining in celebrating with the new foreign minister

All three PDP senators eventually supported Onyeama’s nomination.

Onyeama welcomes guests
Onyeama welcomes guests

The former Minister for Power Barth Nnaji, also from Enugu State, showed up. Nnaji also hoped he would be recalled to the cabinet by President Buhari.

Onyeama and Chijioke Okibe, an Enugu-based lawyer
Onyeama and Chijioke Okibe, an Enugu-based lawyer
Onyeama addresses guests
Onyeama addresses guests
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