President Muhammadu Buhari says all requests by ministers-designate to meet with him should be channeled through Abba Kyari, his chief of staff. This
President Muhammadu Buhari says all requests by ministers-designate to meet with him should be channeled through Abba Kyari, his chief of staff. This may effectively put a death knell on agitations against Abba Kyari who was reappointed in July by Buhari despite street protests believed to have been orchestrated against him. He is regarded as the most powerful aide to the president.
Buhari also said on Tuesday while speaking at the close of the presidential retreat for ministers-designate in Abuja that all federal executive council (FEC) matters should be channeled to him through Boss Mustapha, secretary of the government of the federation (SGF).
“In terms of coordination, kindly ensure that all submissions for my attention or meeting requests be channeled through the chief of staff, while all federal executive council matters be coordinated through the secretary to the government of the federation,” he said.
Buhari said as leaders, their responsibility is to meet the basic needs of Nigerians adding that majority of the citizens are anxious. Buhari said the ministers-designate should use this opportunity to serve Nigerians and the country is prosperous.
“You will find that working collaboratively and purposefully will enable us to achieve quicker results, recognizing that four years is not a very long time. For the new ministers, make sure you engage and benefit from the experience of the older ministers and former governors in the cabinet,” he said.