The Presidency has clarified the roles of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha under the president’s second term.
Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, in a statement released Saturday night and entitled “Statement on the roles of Chief of Staff (COS) and SGF’, explained that the roles of the two principal officers to the president, remains the same as it was in Buhari’s first term in office.
There have been claims that the roles of Kyari and Mustapha have changed in Buhari’s second term, with each of them having more powers than they possessed in the president’s first term.
The claims were fueled by Buhari’s order to his new cabinet to report to Kyari on matters that call for his attention and to Mustapha on Federal Executive Council (FEC) issues.
Buhari last Wednesday, while inaugurating the ministers had said, “As I said yesterday (Tuesday), in terms of coordinating communication, kindly ensure that all submissions for my attention or meeting requests be channelled through the Chief of Staff while all Federal Executive Council matters are coordinated through the Secretary to the Government of the Federation in order to speed up the process of decision-making.”
Reacting to the controversies that followed the statement, Shehu said, “Today, under the Buhari II administration the role of Chief of Staff remains the same as it was under Buhari I.
“Recent media and social media reports on the responsibilities of the Chief of Staff to the president have suggested that the role has changed. This is not the case.
“It is worth stressing that the role and responsibilities of the Chief of Staff and the method of communication and arranging scheduling between cabinet members and the president are, in Nigeria, based on the US model, where the same system operates – and has done for decades – in precisely the same way.
“That role is to act as the head of the presidential administration at Aso Rock; to be an adviser to the president on any and all matters; to be the line manager for all staff at Aso Rock; and to manage appointments and scheduling for the president.
“In the traditional presidential system, it is a primary function of a Chief of Staff, which may vary according to the needs and desires of each president, to supervise key State House Staff, control access to the office and the person of the president, manage communications and information flow and this includes that which binds the relationship with the two other arms of government.
During the president’s first term those were the responsibilities of the Chief of Staff, and they remain the same responsibilities today. There is no change.”
On Mustapha, Shehu said, “The SGF, on the other hand, is responsible for ensuring the effective coordination and monitoring of the implementation of government policies and programmes. All cabinet matters must go through him.
“Under this dispensation, a performance evaluation of ministers and permanent secretary will be maintained by the SGF. Two weeks after assuming office, they are expected to sign mandate acceptance documents.
“It is time to end the unnecessary controversy, for the key appointees of the President to carry out their jobs.”
Imo: My Govt Is Not Made Up Of Looters — Uzodinma
Following ongoing report that the administration of Governor Hope Uzodinma is made up of looters, the Executive Governor of Imo state has denied the report.
The denial was contained in statement dated 18th February, 2020 released by his Chief Press Secretary, Oguwike Nwachuku.
The newly sworn-in governor said his government is made of God fearing men and that rumors of ongoing looting in the government house is untrue.
Read the statement below;
The government of Imo State under Senator Hope Uzodinma is made up of credible Imo sons and daughters who have zero tolerance for criminality.
The government is proud of such personnel who have the fear of God and are solely committed to the service of the good people of Imo State.
The rumour, therefore, making the sounds on alleged looting in Imo State Government House is nothing but a lie from the pit of hell.
The rumour is engineered by members of the previous administration and their agents who are experts in assets stripping. They are yet to come to terms with the fact that the era of looting of government property is gone forever with their ouster from government.
Because criminals will always be criminals, they are seeing in the planned review of the case the sacked Emeka Ihedioha’s administration took before the Supreme Court and the adjournment as another window of opportunity to cause disaffection.
Unfortunately, they did not know that they were only reminding Imo people of what they are noted for i.e. looting of public funds and assets stripping of government property.
Under the government of Senator Uzodinma Imo people are happy that the looters they saw yesterday they will not see again today.
Governor Uzodinma does not only have confidence in the staff he has assembled to work with him, he also has implicit confidence in the entire Imo State work force and together they are working to ensure that Imo people are made prosperous.
Those who are alleging looting of government property should therefore have their heads examined or better still have a rethink in their own interest.
APC Now A Funny Organization Under Oshiomhole — Ex-SGF, Babachir Lawal
Babachir Lawal, the former secretary to the government of the Federation (SGF) has described the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a “funny organisation” under the leadership of Adams Oshiomole as the National Chairman of the party.
While addressing newsmen over the weekend, Babachir Lawal alleged that the north has lost its priviledge in the APC following the suspension of Lawal Shaibu and Inuwa Abdulkadir who are the national Vice-Chairmen of the party in the north and north-west respectively.
He said: “This APC is funny, as we speak, the chairman and his loyalists have suspended the deputy national chairman (north), the whole north, the chairman, national vice-chairman (north-west) which is the largest geographical zone with seven states has been suspended, he is no longer attending national working committee meeting.
“The national secretary of the party who is from the north, from Yobe, has left to become governor of Yobe state as we speak, there is no firm decision to his replacement.
“For more than one year or so. A very substantial part of the country is not represented in the decision making.”
Babachir further alleged that Oshiomhole does not involve prominent members of the party in decision-making.
He said: “I’m quite close to members of the NWC, they always complain about not being carried along so the chairman of a party is not an executive president where whatever you say is, you need to carry everyone along.
“That is the essence, a national vice-chairman north-east for example, he is for north-east and there are things unique to the area which he is aware of, which his own exco has brought to him for processing at the national secretariat. If he does not get the proper hearing and opportunity to present those things they are disenfranchised.”
Reacting on the reconciliation panel that was composed to resolve differences among warring members, the former SGF wondered what the panel led by Bisi Akande will achieve as he insisted that it is better for politicians to cut their losses and nurse their wounds rather than be reconciled.
Babachir Lawal said, “In politics, sometimes it is better not to reconcile, somebody must lose out.
“First of all there has to be confidence restored in the NWC that they capacity to be impartial and fair in the decisions they take on behalf of party members. As I speak I don’t think there is any APC member that can confidently tell you that he expects the NWC to be fair and just in some of the cases because we lost election on account of this.”
Bayelsa: Keyamo Hails Supreme Court Verdict, Blames APC For Lyon’s Loss
Festus Keyamo, the minister of state for labour and employment, has blamed the All Progressives Congress (APC) for losing to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa state.
Recall that the Supreme Court on Thursday sacked David Lyon and Sen. Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, as the governor and deputy elect in the Nov. 16, 2019 governorship election in the state.
Keyamo who made this known on Thursday, February 14, while reacting to the apex court judgment on the election in the state, commended the court for being firm and resolute.
“The S/Court has been firm & resolute so far regarding pre-election cases & Election Petitions. I commend their lordship.
“As a party, we have to look at our own internal mechanisms that make us give our victories needlessly away to the opposition & take appropriate actions,” Keyamo wrote on Twitter.