Following the death of President Muhammadu Buhari’s chief of staff Abba Kyari, some names have been flying around as possible replacement for the president’s loyal and trusted friend.
As expected, many would have started lobbying to take Kyari’s job as the president cannot remain without a chief of staff.
Five names already flying in the air as possible replacement for Kyari include Adamu Adamu, Hameed Ali, Babagana Kingibe, Buba Marwa and Boss Mustapha.
The above mentioned personalities have their qualities and the president cannot afford to choose the least worthy for the coveted position among them.
Kyari was Buhari’s trusted and loyal friend, and the president needs someone he can trust as much as he trusted his late chief of staff.
Who is Adamu Adamu? He is Nigeria’s current minister of education, who is considered to be one of the closest cabinet members to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The 63-year-old politician is from Bauchi state and he has acted as a personal assistant to the president for many years.
What about Hameed Ali? He’s a retired military officer and the current comptroller general of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).
Ali, who previously served as military administrator of Kaduna State from 1996 to 1998, is believed to be performing well as head of the NCS.
He is also believed to be closed to President Buhari. Time will tell if he will be considered for the position.
Whoever remembers MKO Abiola will remember Babagana Kingibe. He was the running mate to Abiola during the June 12, 1993 presidential election that was annulled by Ibrahim Babangida.
The 74-year-old had previously served as minister of foreign affairs, minister of internal affairs, minister of power and steel and also as secretary to the government of the federation.
Boss Mustapha is the secretary to the government of the federation, and he is also believed to be one of those that are being considered for the coveted position.
Mustapha is a lawyer and businessman and he is believed to be performing well as in his current position.
The people of Lagos and Borno will be familiar with Buba Marwa because he served as military administrator of both states at two different times.
The 66-year-old is the current chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee for the Elimination of Drug Abuse.
Whoever the president chooses among these five, we hope it will be in the best interest of the country.