After more than one month of foot dragging, President Muhammadu Buhari finally announced the reappointment of Abba Kyari as his chief of staff and Boss Mustapha as Secretary to the Government of the Federation. He also announced 11 person aides, most of whom are simply returning to the roles they occupied previously.
The appointments were backdated to May 29th, the day of the inauguration.
Why it matters: If Pres. Buhari was simply going to retain those who served in these positions before May 29th, why did he need five weeks of uncertainty to make his decision? It’s the same pattern all over again of taking ages to arrive at a decision that showed no difference in thinking all along.
Also, Kyari’s reappointment is a controversial one, as some supporters of the president had publicly asked for him to be replaced.
Important to note that these appointments were announced by Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, who alongside Femi Adeshina, the special adviser on media and publicity, have been acting in that position without a formal appointment.
The names of the 11 other aides announced today:
- Mohammed Sarki Abba – Senior Special Assistant to the President (Household and Social Events)
- Ya’u Shehu Darazo – Senior Special Assistant to the President (Special Duties)
- Dr Suhayb Sanusi Rafindadi – Personal Physician to the President
- Amb. Lawal A. Kazaure – State Chief of Protocol
- Sabiu Yusuf – Special Assistant (Office of the President)
- Saley Yuguda – Special Assistant (House Keeping)
- Ahmed Muhammed Mayo – Special Assistant (Finance & Administration)
- Mohammed Hamisu Sani – Special Assistant (Special Duties)
- Friday Bethel – Personal Assistant (General Duties)
- Sunday Aghaeze – Personal Assistant (State Photographer)
- Bayo Omoboriowo – Personal Assistant (Presidential Photographer)