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Finally…. Buhari sacks Babachir, Oke; names Boss Mustapha new SGF



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Assailed by mounting criticisms, arising from what many perceived as lukewarm response to dealing with cases of corruption within and among members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday finally sacked former Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, and Ayodele Oke, former Director General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA).

In a statement credited to the Presidency and signed by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), Buhari was said to have acted after studying “the report of the panel headed by the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, which investigated allegations against the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Babachir David Lawal, and the Director General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayo Oke”.

The statement further read as follows, “President accepted the recommendation of the panel to terminate the appointment of Mr Lawal, and has appointed Mr Boss Mustapha as the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation. The appointment takes immediate effect.

“President Buhari also approved the recommendation to terminate the appointment of Ambassador Oke, and has further approved the setting up of a three-member panel to, among other things, look into the operational, technical and administrative structure of the Agency and make appropriate recommendations”.

Babachir was named in a N200m contract scandal while Oke was fingered in an illegal $40m cash stash in a private home in Lagos. Both are yet to face prosecution for their alleged crimes.

Mustapha until his recent appointment was helmsman at the Nigeria Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA). He is a lawyer, management consultant, politician, business man and boardroom executive.

He was appointed Managing Director/CEO of the National inland waterways Authority (NIWA) on June 23, 2016.

Born in Adamawa State, Mr Mustapha attended Hong Secondary School, in Hong Adamawa state and North East College of Arts and Sciences Maiduguri Borno state, crowning it with WASC and HSC in 1976. He earned his Bachelor of Law (LL.B) from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1979 and was called to bar in 1980. From 1980 to 1981, Mr Mustapha did the compulsory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) – Directorate of Legal of legal Services at the Army Headquarters and was in charge of review of Court Marshall Proceedings.

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After his National Service, he joined Sotesa Nigeria Limited, an Italian consultancy firm, as an Executive Director in charge of Administration, leaving in 1983 to join the prestigious law firm Messrs Onagoruwa & Co in Lagos.

With his law practice fully taken off, the MD was appointed Principal Counsel in the firm Messrs Mustapha & Associates, His legal interests and expertise included privatization commercialization and Liberalization of Public Companies/Corporate and Government Parastatals. He was also involved in preparation of varied and miscellaneous banking documents such as Debentures, Guarantees, Mortgages, Bonds and Loan Syndications.

One of Mr. Mustapha’s career highlights was his appointment as a member of Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the defunct Petroleum (Special) Trust Fund (PTF), serving meritoriously from 2000 to 2007. At the PTF, he was responsible for production of an up-t0-date comprehensive project and programme report, including location, coverage and whether performed, performing or abandoned production of final report of Assets and Liabilities, examination of the Administrative structure and cost effectiveness of pf Projects and Services among other duties.

Mr. Mustapha also played key leadership roles at the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) serving as Social Secretary and Chairman at the Yola branch.

After his stint at the PTF in 2007, Mr. Mustapha was appointed Principal Partner of the law firm, Adroit Lex. His law practice and the burning desire to serve the larger society conspired to attract the MD into politics, at various times, he was member Federal Republic of Nigeria Constituent Assembly (1988-1989), Chairman People’s Solidarity Party-Gongola State (1989-1990), state chairman, Social Democratic Party-Gongola State (1990-1991); he was even a gubernatorial candidate for SDP in Adamawa state in 1991.

He was the Deputy National Chairman of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria from 2010 to 2013. In 2007, he again played a prominent role, serving as the Deputy Director General of the party’s Presidential campaign Organization. His services remained in high demand after the fusing of ACN joined forces with other parties to form the All Progressive Congress (APC). He was a member of NCC and Secretary APC Presidential Campaign Organization Mobilization (2015) and member, APC Transition Committee (2015). He is also a member, APC Board of Trustees.


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  1. Anita Kingsley

    October 30, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    These two can only get fired but not prosecuted. Buhari took the decision to dismiss them because he wants the masses to feel he listens to them, however, nothing else will be heard of their corruption case

  2. Animashaun Ayodeji

    October 30, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Boss Mustapha, as his name implies, I hope he’ll serve his government better than the person Buhari expelled.

    • Abeni Adebisi

      October 30, 2017 at 7:06 pm

      He will not want to fcuk himself up, by now he should know all Nigerians are watching him, all eyes are on him, he knows it’s a must for him to perform

  3. Abeni Adebisi

    October 30, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    If Buhari can continue like this, his government will be free of corrupt individuals. Strict approach is what can curb indiscipline in any government, Buhari needs to be strict on his people, so they can sit up and support his fight against corruption


    October 31, 2017 at 3:09 am

    But why a long delay before taking action, this buhari sef get problem, indeed he is a baba go slow

    • Balarabe musa

      October 31, 2017 at 3:18 am

      Na u sabi, it’s not about how far but how well. Baba buhari only took time to conduct proper investigation before he did the needful

  5. yanju omotodun

    October 31, 2017 at 3:31 am

    Chameleon won’t change his color, must you appoint another northerner as the SGF,

  6. yanju omotodun

    October 31, 2017 at 3:31 am

    Well, I want those involved in maina’s reappointment sacked as well

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