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One among these Is Buhari’s Next Chief of Staff

One among these Is Buhari’s Next Chief of Staff

There are those who believe that President Buhari simply allowed Mallam Kyari to do what he was hired for. The Chief of Staff to the President is the senior operational member of the office of the president. He is the principal channel of communication between the president and the government and handles all the programmes and correspondence of the president. It is because of these responsibilities and roles that the position wields considerable influence. To those people, President Buhari simply allowed Mallam Kyari to discharge his duties as chief of staff.

The vilification of Kingibe

A vocal minority in the social media is saying that Ambassador Babagana Kingibe is already scheming to occupy the vacant office of the chief of staff but checks conducted by this medium revealed that this is total fallacy and misrepresentation. Amb. Kingibe has no interest in the job and it was said that he told a confidant that even if he was given the job by President Buhari, he will reject it because the late Mallam Kyari was a brother and a friend to him. A reliable source told this medium that for the simple reason that it was Amb. Kingibe (then the Secretary to the Government of the Federation between 2007 to 2010) that advised late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua to scrap off the office of the chief of staff, it will be morally wrong for him to occupy that office today. “If Mr. Kingibe believes that the office of the chief of staff is relevant, why did he as SGF advised late President Yar’adu to scrap off the office? I don’t think it will be morally right for him to occupy the office,” said the source who doesn’t want his name to be disclosed.

One of these eminent Nigerians listed below might end up as President Buhari Chief of Staff:


Mr. Malami is legal practitioner and a politician. He was first appointed as minister of Justice by President Buhari 2015 and re-appointed last year. As a legal practitioner, Abubakar has served in various capacities including being a counsel and magistrate in Kebbi State and as National Legal Adviser of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change. Abubakar Malami was actively involved in the formation of the All Progressives Congress in 2013 as the resource person to the Manifesto Drafting Sub-Committee of Inter Joint Party Merger Committees between the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP).

Malami is a protégé of President Buhari and well trusted. It is however not certain if he has the wherewithal and capacity to discharge the duties of the chief of staff.


Mallam Nuhu Ribadu was born in November 21 1960 and he hails from Adamawa state. He studied Law before joining the Nigerian Police Force. He was the pioneer Executive Chairman of Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the government commission tasked with countering corruption and fraud. In April 2009, he became a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development. He lived in exile until 2010 when he returned to Nigeria and declared his intention to run for President of Nigeria under the platform of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).

A no-nonsense man with clean record, Ribadu doesn’t have the temperament required of a chief of staff to the president. He is confrontational and doesn’t really know the president.


Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau  was born in March 14, 1954 and is a retired Nigerian Army Lieutenant General and Nigeria’s former Minister of the Interior. Dambazau served as Chief of Army Staff (COAS) between 2008 and 2010, succeeding Lieutenant General Luka Yusuf.

Dambazau has a PhD in Criminology from the University of Keele which he obtained in 1989.


Adamu was born on 25 May 1956 in Azare.He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria. He later received a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University’s School of Journalism.He is a polyglot speaking six languages fluently – Arabic, Persian, Fulfulde, Hausa, English and French

After graduating, Adamu worked briefly as an accountant in Bauchi State before later venturing into journalism. He began his journalist career as a public analyst and writer and later got his first job with a newspaper in 1984. He rose through the ranks in journalism until becoming Deputy Editor of the New Nigerian newspaper. Adamu was also a back-page columnist for Media Trust’s titles and has contributed to many news outlets including London-based Crescent International. Adamu also served as a personal assistant to Solomon Lar, the first chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party. Before his appointment as minister, in 2015, he was the secretary of Muhammadu Buhari’s presidential transition committee.

Adamu was first appointed Minister of Education by President Muhammadu Buhari on 11 November 2015, along with 35 others, when the president made his first major appointments. He was reappointed on 21 August 2019.


Dr. Dikwa retired last year as a federal permanent secretary (Special Duties) in the Federal ministry of finance.

Like Adamu Adamu, Dr. Dikwa studied Accountancy at the University of Maiduguri after which he rose to become accountant general of Borno as well permanent secretary in the Borno state ministry of Finance between 1999 to 2003. He also obtained a Master’s Degree in Accounting and Finance at the same university. He proceeded to Harvard Business School, Oxford, Cambridge, Thames and Business School of the World (Instead, France) to obtain various International certifications in accounting and finance. A holder of a Doctorate in Public Sector Financial Management, he has been responsible for the numerous innovations in the public financial sector that has helped the Buhari administration.


Colonel Hameed Ibrahim Ali was born in January 15, 1955 is the current Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service. A retired military officer, he previously served as Military Governor of Kaduna State from 1996 to 1998. After retirement, he became secretary of the Arewa Consultative Forum – a political and cultural association of leaders in Northern Nigeria.

He is a member of the All Progressives Congress, and has supported Muhammadu Buhari’s presidential bids in 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019. Coming from a Buharist political background, he has promoted trade protectionist and strict law and order policies within the Buhari administration

On 27 August 2015, Ali was appointed the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs by President Muhammadu Buhari.In 2017, Ali had a confrontation with the Nigerian Senate over his refusal to appear in uniform.


Ahmed Rufai Abubakar is a Nigerian diplomat, and the current director general of Nigeria’s National Intelligence Agency. He was the Senior Special Assistant to the President (SSAP) on Foreign Affairs/International Relations before his appointment as Director-General, NIA. Abubakar holds a B.A degree in French Language and Literature, and an M.A degree in Francophone Maghrebian Literature, both from Bayero University, Kano.

He has extensive experience working with the United Nations in peace support operations, mediation process, preventive diplomacy and good offices, as well as the promotion of good governance and respect for the rule of law and human rights. He also briefly served as Senior Adviser at the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), with headquarters in Ndjamena, Chad, before his appointment as SSAP.
He is also fluent in English and Arabic.

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