Recent news reports and videos have surfaced regarding Betta Edu, the former Humanitarian Affairs Minister of Nigeria. She was suspended from her position on January 8, 2024, prompting various reactions from Nigerians.
On January 10, 2024, Nigerian politician Shehu Sani accused certain individuals in government positions of daily embezzlement, pointing out Betta Edu in his statement and highlighting the adverse impact on the education sector.
An opinion piece published on January 16, 2024, in The Guardian Nigeria argued for Betta Edu’s reinstatement, praising her educational achievements and proactive initiatives.
The article suggested that her suspension was a result of patriarchal tendencies and discrimination against women. Another article published on January 9, 2024, by Capital Power Multimedia discussed the mistakes made by Betta Edu during her tenure as the Humanitarian Affairs Minister.
Lastly, on September 17, 2023, a video was uploaded on YouTube showcasing Betta Edu’s visit to an IDP camp in Gwada Primary School, Niger, during her time as the Humanitarian Affairs Minister.
Betta Edu’s Husband and Children
Dr. Betta Edu, a Nigerian politician and medical doctor, is married to Mr. Edu and has three children – two daughters and a son. She has successfully kept her family away from the media spotlight.
Get to Know Betta Edu: Biography
Betta Chimaobim Edu, born on October 27, 1986, is a Nigerian politician. She faced suspension as the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation following an alleged 585 million Naira ($640,000; £500,000) scandal in her ministry.
Prior to this role, she served as the national women leader of the All Progressives Congress and as the Cross River State Commissioner for Health until her resignation in 2022. She also held the position of National Chairman of the Nigeria Health Commissioners Forum.
Background and Education:
Betta was born in Lagos, Nigeria, to Mr. Emmanuel Eke. Her mother was a hardworking stay-at-home wife, while her father worked in a business and an engineering firm.
She completed her secondary education in 2001 at the Federal Government Girls College, Calabar, and earned her first degree in medicine and surgery from the University of Calabar in 2009.
Her educational journey continued with a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health for Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, a master’s degree in Public Health in Developing Countries from the same institution, and a Doctor of Public Health from Texila American University.
In 2015, Edu became the youngest person to be appointed Special Adviser to the Executive Governor of Cross River State, Benedict Ayade, on Community and Primary Healthcare.
In 2020, she became the chairman of the Cross River State COVID-19 Taskforce, and later that year, she was appointed National Chairman of the Nigeria Health Commissioners Forum. Edu is a Fellow of the Royal School of Public Health and the African Institute of Public Health Professionals.
Betta Edu made history as the youngest national woman leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in March 2022. During the 2023 Nigerian general elections campaign, she assured women of a 35 percent affirmative action from President Bola Tinubu.
In July 2023, state Women Leaders of the APC across all 36 states in Nigeria, including the Federal Capital Territory, expressed confidence in Betta Edu during their visit to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Also in July 2023, the Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Maryam Babangida National Center For Women Development, awarded Betta Edu the Award of Excellence in Leadership for gender inclusion and women empowerment.
This recognition was for her commitment to championing the cause of empowering women, children, and other vulnerable groups in Nigeria.
In the same month, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu nominated Betta Edu for minister as the Nigerian senate unveiled the 28 nominees for ministerial appointment.
This made her the first female minister from Cross River State and the youngest minister at the Federal Executive Council of Nigeria in the Fourth Nigerian republic.
In August 2023, Betta was sworn in as the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, and the All Progressives Congress replaced her as the National Women Leader.