Nigeria's Zainab Ahmed Formally Appointed Finance Minister

(Bloomberg) -- Zainab Ahmed has been formally appointed as Nigeria’s finance minister, presidential spokesman Femi Adesina told reporters in Abuja, the capital.

Previously the junior minister for budget and planning, she replaces Kemi Adeosun, who resigned last week from President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet after allegations she presented a fake national service exemption certificate to qualify for the role in 2015.

Ahmed, who’s a trained accountant, said the government faces “serious revenue challenges,” Lagos-based ThisDay newspaper reported on Sept. 18. She takes on the role ahead of elections scheduled for February, with Buhari hoping to win a second term.

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