It was the former SGF, Engineer D.B Lawal who boasted and said who’s the presidency when he was told that he was about to be sacked by the presidency. At that time many people thought that Eng. Lawal was the one controlling the Buhari presidency. Now, we all know that he was not because immediately he was axed out things nosedived into the abyss. There is a cancerous cell that is eating fast into the hands and feet of the Buhari administration. This malicious, cancerous cell is no one but the President’s Chief of Staff, Mr. Abba Kyari.
Mamman Daura together with President Buhari in London.Mr. Daura is Mr. Kyari’s benefactor.
The Chief of Staff’s office is usually a respected government office held by highly talented men and considered worthy of cabinet rank and an oath of office. The role combined personal and professional assignments that were highly delicate and required great skill and discretion. The Chief of Staff control access to the president and manage the president’s schedule. Nigerians still remember the erudite and highly respected General Mohammed Abdullahi who served as Chief of Staff under Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Umaru Yar’adua.
At this juncture, I want to use this medium to commend the EFCC and its Acting Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu for making an attempt to apprehend Mr. Kyari for questioning even though the move was stalled by the powers that be. The Buhari presidency should not be administered like a mob of vicious sanctimonious gangsters but like a team of men and women who are ready to sacrifice for the good of the majority.
Many people regarded the UK trained technocrat as a blessing to the Buhari administration when he was appointed as Chief of Staff in 2015.This was because many people confused him with the General Abba Kyari who served as the Governor of the then North Central Nigeria after it was formed from the Northern Region during the military regime of General Yakubu Gowon State.The fine soldier was born in 1938.
The Abba Kyari in question is not a military man at all but a lawyer, journalist, politician and banker rolled into one. Abba Kyari graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of Warwick, England in 1980.He also possesses a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Law from the University of Cambridge, England and was called to the Nigerian Bar after attending the Nigerian Law School in 1983.In 1984, he obtained a master’s degree in law from the University of Cambridge. He later attended the International Institute for Management Development at Lausanne, Switzerland and participated in the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School, in 1992 and 1994.Armed with this fantastic resume, Nigerians thought that their President has gotten a fairly reasonable Chief of Staff that will discharge his duties based on the etiquette of justice, empathy, equity and integrity. There was not a single person in the country that condemned or criticizes the appointment of Mr. Kyari as Chief of Staff. Alas the story has changed. Nigerians today know better.
There is a cancerous cell that is eating fast into the hands and feet of the Buhari administration. This malicious, cancerous cell is no one but the President’s Chief of Staff, Mr. Abba Kyari.
The duties of the Nigeria’s State House Chief of Staff are grave duties that have direct consequences to the development of the country because it is the single office that can make or mar the President. The position typically plays both a managerial and advisory role that encompasses several important functions:
Select and supervise key State House staff
Control access to the President’s Office and the president
Manage communications and information flow
Negotiate with the National Assembly, executive branch agencies, and external political groups to implement the president’s agenda.
I am compelled to write this treatise because I am ashamed and utterly flabbergasted by the unusual silence I see in the country despite what the man has been doing to undermine and discredit the Buhari administration that we all know was brought into power by all of us. I am given to understand that some people are scared of Mr. Kyari because of the kind of power he wields. A few others said that the President’s nephew, Mallam Mamman Daura is Mr. Kyari’s benefactor and therefore the former is untouchable. Mr. Kyari has in the course of the discharge of his duties taken decisions against the President, undermine the Vice President, obstructed due process in the oil sector, allegedly empowered and emboldened terrorists and their collaborators, ignored the displaced persons of the northeast, and worked against everything the President is standing for, yet many of us are keeping quiet. At this juncture, I want to use this medium to commend the EFCC and its Acting Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu for making an attempt to apprehend Mr. Kyari for questioning even though the move was stalled by the powers that be. The Buhari presidency should not be administered like a mob of vicious sanctimonious gangsters but like a team of men and women who are ready to sacrifice for the good of the majority.
On behalf of the entire people of the north east, I want to say thank you to the President for appointing many people from the northeast to serve as principal officers in his government. I also want to say bravo to the Lt. General T.Y Buratai, Major General Babagana Munguno, Ibrahim Magu and the last but not the least, Col. Hameed Ali for doing us proud.
President Buhari and his Chief of Staff
The fact of the matter is that there is no way this government that prides itself in transparency and accountability under the leadership of a President who said I belong to everybody and I belong to no one will keep on carrying an unnecessary baggage like Mr. Kyari. The man’s involvement in the MTN bribery scandal, the Sahara Oil saga, the Dasuki Gate linking Nduka Ogbaina and most recently the bastadization and victimization of Muhammad Dauda of the NIA makes him a persona non grata in a government that prides itself in integrity and justice. We don’t need anybody to tell us that this Chief of Staff has been undermining the highly sensitive office of the National Security Advisor simply because General Munguno is not willing to play ball.
Let me pause to say that if President Buhari really means business, he will have to do needful and sack Mr. Kyari and banish Mamman Daura from the State House. There is no way the President can maintain his innocence and integrity if he keeps on harboring family and friends who are crooks and fifth columnists. The President was elected to serve nearly 200 million Nigerians so it will be a great disservice if two or three shady characters will be the ones to dictate the way things should be done in the country. We have seen enough avoidable mistakes that ought not to be done by this government; for example the appointment of Ahmed Rufai as DG NIA.
Ahmed Rufai, the new DG NIA who is Mr. Kyari’s protege.
It is high time Nigerians make the duo of Kyari and Daura to understand that they do not own the President, and they are not the only people who love him. I want to say categorically that anyone who truly loves and cares about this President should take a stand against corruption, darkness and those who represent it. For those who are from the northeast region, I don’t need to say anything here because we all know that Mr. Kyari has done nothing to help the region or assuage the sufferings of its people. There are credible, trustworthy Nigerians of northeast extraction that replace the shady Kyari. Mr. Kyari is not indispensable. His colleague, Eng. Lawal was sacked as SGF and the skies did not fall. What is so special about Kyari or what is it that Eng. Lawal has done that Mr. Kyari did not do? Why is the Buhari government shielding Mr. Kyari?
A country can easily be able to overcome unethical behaviors by first identifying existing unethical behavior. The government and business organizations should thereafter try to dig out the reasons behind the corruption; endeavor to uproot the roots of the problem. The greatest challenge to corruption has to with the morals of the people. The countries that have been successful in overcoming corruption and unethical issues have endeavored to teach the members of the society good moral values. It becomes easier to prevent a problem rather than waiting until the problems grow to remove it. If all the people are trained to be morally upright right from childhood, such character would be inculcated in them such that later in life, they will find it hard to accept corrupt behaviors. Those who are involved in corrupt deals should be seriously dealt with. The systems of justice should be very strict not only firing the corrupt officials but also making them to pay their dues. Unethical behaviors should be exposed to the public and the people involved prosecuted publicly as a warning to others with such behaviors or intentions of such behaviors.