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Last week, Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, made history as the first Minister to resign to contest the 2023 Presidency. He is one of the aspirants eyeing the APC’s presidential ticket. He has already collected his nomination form. It was at the Federal Executive Council meeting that he announced his resignation.

As he took his exit from Buhari’s cabinet, many do not know that he is one of the Ministers Buhari holds in high esteem. They have come a long way. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba (born 20 August 1967) is a politician and lawyer. He is the current Minister of State for Education of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He has previously served as the Chairman of the TETFund Board of Trustees.

Nwajiuba was born on 20 August 1967 at Umuezeala Nsu in Ehime Mbano Local Government Area in Imo State, South-east Nigeria. He completed a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree at Imo State University. He then joined the University of Lagos and completed a Master of Laws(LLM) degree followed by a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Law from the University of Jos. He was called to the Nigerian bar in 1989.

Nwajiuba started his career as a managing partner of Ayodeji C. Emeka Ibrahim &Co in 1991.

He contested the Imo governorship election on the platform of the All People’s Party (APP) in 2003, 2007 and 2011. He was elected a member of the House of Representatives in 1999 – 2003 where he served as House of Representatives Committee Chairman on Land, Housing and works. 

He was a founding member of the All Progressives Congress and the Secretary of the Constitution drafting committee that produced the Constitution that gave birth to the All Progressives Congress in 2013. 

He was the Chairman of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund from 2017 to 2019. Nwajiuba was re-elected a member of the Okigwe North Federal House of Representatives in 2019 under Accord Party.

He was nominated for a ministerial role and became a Minister of State for Education of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2019.

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