Top 10 Most Powerful People in Tinubu’s Govt (2023)
It’s no news that there are some strong persons who wield influence in Tinubu’s administration. These people are seen as the strongholds of the APC and their actions have shown that in Tinubu’s government, they cannot be queried or sanctioned.
Most of these powerful persons also helped sponsor the presidential bid of Tinubu while others are his trusted friends and allies who protects the interest of the Nigerian president.
In this post, we shall list below the 10 most powerful people in Tinubu’s govt this 2023.
TOP 10 MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE IN TINUBU’S GOVERNMENT
Below are the 10 people who are the most powerful under Tinubu’s government today.
MRS. OLUREMI TINUBU
She is the wife of the President as she loves to be called by that title. Her Excellency, the First Lady. Oluremi Tinubu is the first on our list of most influential persons in Tinubu’s government. Since her husband’s emergence as president, she is seen to be the one closest to him since people use through her to curry favour from Bola Ahmed Tinubu himself.
She also has the wives of many state governors especially those whose husbands were voted as state governors under the umbrella of the All Progressive Congress, APC in her clique to do her bidding. Like other first ladies before her, she is engaged in some projects aimed at alleviating poverty, empowering and giving a voice to the women in the society.
FEMI HAKEEM GBAJABIAMILA
Olufemi Hakeem Gbajabiamila CFR, is a Nigerian lawyer and politician born on June 25, 1962, has been the president of Nigeria’s chief of staff since 2023. From 2019 to 2023, he was the 14th Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives.
It is said that he is the most powerful person in government after the President as no one can see the President Tinubu without going through him.
Gbajabiamila passionately cared about issues that affected his constituency and Nigeria as a whole in the House. He established himself as a superb lawmaker.
On June 14, 2023, he announced his resignation from the House of Representatives after 20 years in order to take the position of President’s Chief of Staff.
Seyi Tinubu, a Nigerian businessman and the son of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is one of the most powerful persons in Tinubu’s government. He is well-known and is actively involved in a number of significant endeavours.
Seyi is the CEO of Loatsad Promomedia, an organisation that specialises in digital outdoor advertising in Lagos, Nigeria.
Additionally, he is the creator of the Noella Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing programmes for poverty eradication, healthcare, and education in Nigeria.
Seyi Tinubu is actively involved in politics, identifying himself with the All Progressives Congress (APC), the political party founded by his father, in addition to his commercial and humanitarian endeavours.
The Vice President, Kashim Shettima Mustapha (GCON) is the second in command to Tinubu. He was born in Nigeria on November 2, 1966. He previously held the positions of governor of Borno State from 2011 to 2019 and senator for Borno Central from 2019 to 2023. He ranks as the most powerful Northern politician due to his office.
It should not surprise you that Alhaji Dangote, Africa’s richest man is on the list of strong people within the Tinubu’s administration. Even though he doesn’t show himself as a politician, he still has a stake in whatsoever government that enters power and has access to the President directly.
Mr. Yusuf Magaji Bichi, the Director General of the State Security Service is another top ranking political figure in Tinubu’s administration. He was born in the Bichi Local Government Area of Kano State on February 23, 1956. Prior to enrolling in the College of Advanced Studies, Kano, he completed his early schooling at Danbatta Secondary School, also in Kano State. His curiosity brought him to Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, where in 1981 he earned a degree in Political Science.
His excellent performance and devotion to duty made him stand out as a young officer. He was subsequently recommended to the United Kingdom for additional training in intelligence gathering, processing, and analysis, as well as other counterintelligence-related topics.
Nuhu Ribadu is a Nigerian politician and retired police officer who has been acting as the National Security Adviser since 26 June 2023. After briefly serving as President Bola Tinubu’s Special Security Advisor on Security, he has now become a powerful figure in Tinubu’s government.
Another strong personality that is powerful in the Tinubu’s administration is Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, the former Governor of Kaduna State. His closeness to the President is not in doubt as he is seen as the most regular politician who visits Aso Villa. He wasn’t lucky to get a ministerial appointment made by Tinubu.
Nigerian lawyer and politician Chief Godswill Obot Akpabio CON was born in December 1962. He is the 15th president of the Nigerian Senate and has held the position since 2023. From 2015 to 2019 and starting in 2023, he represented Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District in the Senate. From 2019 to 2022, he also held the position of minister for Niger Delta affairs. From 2007 to 2015, he was the governor of Akwa Ibom State. By virtue of his office as the Senate President, he too falls under this category of most powerful individuals in Tinubu’s era.
Abdullahi Umar Ganduje OFR, a Nigerian politician, was the governor of Kano State from 2015 to 2023. He was born on December 25, 1949. He previously held the position of deputy governor under Rabiu Kwankwaso twice, from 2011 to 2015 and from 1999 to 2003. He belongs to the All Progressives Congress (APC), the party in power, and serves as its national chairman. He is another top influential figure in Tinubu’s government.