Adetokunbo Kayode

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Adetokunbo Kayode
Federal Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation
In office
26 July 2007 – 7 November 2008
Preceded by Babalola Borisade
Succeeded by Jibrin Bello Gada
Federal Minister of Labour
In office
17 December 2008 – 10 February 2010
Preceded by Hassan Muhammed Lawal
Succeeded by Ibrahim Kazaure
Federal Minister of Justice
In office
10 February 2010 – 17 March 2010
Preceded by Michael Aondoakaa
Succeeded by Mohammed Bello Adoke
Defence Minister of Nigeria
In office
6 April 2010 – 2011
Preceded by Godwin Abbe
Succeeded by Haliru Mohammed Bello
Personal details
Born (1958-10-31) 31 October 1958 (age 58)
Ondo State, Nigeria
Political party People's Democratic Party

Adetokunbo Kayode, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) (born 31 October 1958 in Ondo State, Nigeria) held several positions in the cabinet of President Umaru Yar'Adua and was appointed Defence Minister of Nigeria in April 2010 by the then Acting President Goodluck Jonathan.[1]

Adetokunbo hails from Ikaram-Akoko in Ondo State and holds the traditional title Omoba as a Yoruba prince.[citation needed] He has a Bachelor of Law from University of Lagos. Kayode was counsel to the Federal Government, the People's Democratic Party (Nigeria), the Independent National Electoral Commission.[1] He is married to his wife Funmilayo; they have five children (3 boys and 2 girls).[citation needed]

After the 2007 elections, President Umaru Yar'Adua appointed him Minister of Culture & Tourism. While he was minister, the National Council of Arts and Culture hosted the first African Arts and Crafts Expo, AFAC 2008. He was praised for completing the tourism master plan.[2] In November 2008 he was removed from this job when the cabinet was dissolved, but in December 2008 was appointed Minister of Labour and Productivity. When Goodluck Jonathan became Acting President, he replaced Attorney General Mike Aondoakaa with Kayode on 10 February, but on 17 March dismissed his entire cabinet.[1] Kayode was replaced as Minister of Labour by Ibrahim Kazaure.[3]

Kayode was appointed Minister of Defense in the new cabinet sworn in on 6 April 2010.[1] His Minister of State is the son of late Shehu Musa Yar'Adua, Alhaji Murtala Shehu Yar'Adua.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d "Ministers - the Profiles". ThisDay. 7 April 2010. Archived from the original on 11 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-13. 
  2. ^ John Bamidele (7 November 2008). "Adetokunbo Kayode Joins the Golden League". Daily Independent. Retrieved 2010-04-13. 
  3. ^ Okey Muogbo, Lanre Adewole and Taiwo Adisa. "Jonathan redeploys Aondoakaa: •Adetokunbo Kayode named new AGF •Police storm ex-AGF's office •Yar'Adua's kitchen cabinet in disarray". Tribune. Archived from the original on 19 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-13. 
  4. ^ Daniel Idonor (6 April 2010). "Jonathan Names New Cabinet". Vanguard. Retrieved 2010-04-13.