Ministerial Screening: My father sold Goro (kolanut) to make ends meet. He ensured I got a western education— Hannatu Musawa tearfully reveals

A ministerial nominee from Katsina State, Hannatu Musawa, could not control her emotions on Tuesday when she broke down in tears while appearing before the Senate for screening.

Ms Musawa, a lawyer, was among the 28 Nigerians nominated by President Bola Tinubu as ministers last Thursday. She is currently the presidential adviser on culture and entertainment economy. She was the ninth nominee screened by the upper chamber on Tuesday.

When she was asked to introduce herself and summarise her resume by the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, Ms Musawa began to speak about her family background and her upbringing but, at some point, betrayed her emotion and started shedding tears.

Ms Musawa said she came from a poor family struggling to survive but that her father, Musa Musawa, a renowned politician, ensured she got the desired Western education. She said her father traded in Kolanut to sponsor her education before he di€d. “I come from a family that struggles to make ends meet. My father sells ‘Goto’ (Kolanut) to send me to school,” she said.

The nominee also told the senators that her biggest regret was that her father, who laboured for her, could not witness her nomination for the ministerial appointment despite all the hardships.

The Katsina nominee said she started her political career with the Buhari Foundation in 2022. While she sobbed and spoke, some senators chanted loudly, “It’s okay. ” At this point, the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, stopped her from continuing with her address. He told her she did not need to read an address because she was “not addressing the UN.” He said she was expected just to summarise her resume.

Hannatu Musawa is an attorney, politician, and a writer. She earned a law degree from the University of Buckingham in the UK. She graduated from the University of Cardiff in Wales with a postgraduate Master’s degree in the legal elements of marine affairs. She also holds an Oil & Gas Master’s degree from the University of Aberdeen.

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