More disapproval as Buhari names Private Secretary

By Amako Nneji November 9, 2015 13:19

More disapproval as Buhari names Private Secretary

There has been relative disquiet in the polity over unconfirmed reports of a “secret” appointment of one-time Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Works, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed as Private Secretary to the President Muhammadu Buhari, Post Nigeria can reveal.

The appointment, though yet to be made public officially, has been generating ripples in the polity, given that, Baba-Ahmed hails from the N/West, the same zone Buhari hails from.

When Guardian contacted the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu he said: “We have not been informed of the appointment of a Private Secretary.”

However news had gone round that Baba-Ahmed had been named Private Secretary to the President following the two-day Presidential retreat for Ministers-designate that ended Friday, November 6.

In the seat of power, apart from the offices of the President and Vice President, the offices of the Chief of Staff, CoS, to the President, and the Private Secretary are considered as some of the other “powerful positions.”

Since he assumed office as the President, Buhari’s appointment of key members of kitchen cabinet has sent ripples across the political sphere for alleged lopsidedness.

Key appointments so far made by the President include the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, given to Babachir David Lawal, a Christian from Adamawa State while prominent banker, Abba Kyari from Borno, was named Chief of Staff to the President.

So far, there have been no key appointees of S/East and S/West indigenes into the President’s “kitchen” cabinet, a move widely seen by the people from the two zones as a deliberate attempt to marginalize their people, an allegation vigorously denied by the Presidency.

Efforts made by Post Nigeria to get in touch with the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina proved abortive.

See: Appointments: Buhari, King of The North?