Kaduna Ministerial Nominee Collapses During Senate Screening

By Mohammed Bello Doka

In a shocking turn of events, Abbas Balarabe, a ministerial nominee from Kaduna State, collapsed during his screening by the Senate in the Committee of the Whole. The incident occurred on Wednesday afternoon, shortly after Balarabe had finished reading a brief background information about himself.

The Senate, recognizing the seriousness of the situation, suspended its rules to allow the sitting to continue beyond the usual2pm deadline. However, the exact cause of Balarabe's collapse remains unclear, as the Senate immediately went into a closed-door session following the incident.

It is worth noting that Abbas Balarabe was nominated to replace the former governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai. El-Rufai's confirmation had been withheld by the Senate due to a pending security clearance. If confirmed by the Senate, Balarabe is expected to be deployed to the Ministry of Environment, a position that was already reserved for him.

The collapse of a ministerial nominee during the Senate screening has raised concerns and speculation among political observers. The incident has also highlighted the rigorous nature of the screening process and the importance of ensuring the health and well-being of the nominees.

As the Senate continues its closed-door session to assess the situation, the public eagerly awaits further updates on Abbas Balarabe's condition and the implications this incident may have on his confirmation process.

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