PROFILE: Boss Mustapha, Nigeria’s new SGF

Boss Gida Mustapha
Boss Gida Mustapha, who just replaced sacked Secretary to the Government, SGF, Babachir Lawal. [Photo credit: The Nation]

Boss Gida Mustapha, who just replaced sacked Secretary to the Government, SGF, Babachir Lawal, is a lawyer, management consultant, politician and businessman who has spent several years in Nigeria’s public service.

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, before sitting for the 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.

Mr. Mustapha did his mandatory service year at the Directorate of Legal Services, Army Headquarters where he was in charge of review of Court Marshall Proceedings.

After service, he joined Sotesa Nigeria Limited, an Italian consultancy firm, as an Executive Director in charge of Administration, and in 1983, he left to join a law firm, Messrs Onagoruwa & Co in Lagos.

With his law practice fully taken off, he was appointed Principal Counsel in the firm, Messrs Mustapha & Associates. 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), where he served from 2000 to 2007.

Mr. Mustapha also played 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.

At various times, he was member Federal Republic of Nigeria Constituent Assembly (1988-1989); Chairman, People’s Solidarity Party – Gongola State (1989-1990) and state chairman, Social Democratic Party-Gongola State (1990-1991).

He was a gubernatorial candidate for SDP in Adamawa state in 1991. He was the Deputy National Chairman of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, from 2010 to 2013. In 2007, he served as the Deputy Director General of the party’s Presidential Campaign Organization. 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.

He is a member of various professional bodies including African Bar Association, ABA; Commonwealth Lawyers Association; International Bar Association, IBA; and Human Rights Institute (HRI) to mention a few.


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  • MNO

    Impressive cv.

    • forestgee

      …if CABAL will allow him to do the job

    • LadyRosely

      Impressive how?? He graduated from law school. He registered a chamber.

      He bought form for guber

      He is an old man. Almost 70 years

      What is impressive??

      • SBA

        Do you have a better CV or resume? You people get bad belle no be small

        • LadyRosely

          Not bad belle. Why do we celebrate mediocrity?? I have a better CV

          • Passionate about Nigeria

            This is our problem in Nigeria. We never aim high. We, as you say, celebrate and promote mediocrity. The best never rise to the top and yet we expect good governance.

      • PolyGon2013

        Ok. Maybe yours is impressive.

      • Passionate about Nigeria

        so right Lady Rosely, another geriatric career politician.

  • Braun

    PTF again. Says a lot, already.

    • I beg to disagree with you, PTF had some nice guys with great morals. For instance, the late Dora Akunyili worked with PTF during her life time. Dont consider all of the then defunct PTF as corrupt individuals.

  • Oladeji Y

    Buddy, do not cut grasses. The action ‘sack’ green house gases. Leave grasses alone.

    • Arkhuma

      Wow……brilliant. We must do a study on how corruption instigates global warming.

    • Oladeji, wise counsel indeed. Hahahahahah.

  • KELLOGGS

    This one was actually there when the $2.7 Billion was missing under Buhari at the PTF thing.

    • SBA

      Your bad belle no be small.

    • Fems

      Did you even read the profile, he was appointed to PTF by Obasanjo or did Obj appoint Buhari too

  • Passionate about Nigeria

    This profile is so shallow…not very impressive. He has basically been a career politician with brief stints of working in his own law firm.

    • SBA

      Really! You are very funny.

      • Passionate about Nigeria

        No actually, you are. Face your opinion peacefully and allow me to face mine.

      • pambegua

        I was surprise too. You will be surprised when you learnt the career this PASSIONATE ABOUT NIGERIA has build

        • man leader

          Thank God. He’s not ex- uniform, especially POLICE

    • Kallah Bature

      What else does one need in a profile?

      • Passionate about Nigeria

        First of all may I commend you for expressing yourself with civility and manners though clearly, I would hazard a guess that you disagree with me? With more people like you, all hope is not lost for Nigeria. The real question is what skills and competency are required in a Secretary to the Federal Government. He is the driving force ensuring plans are executed. The role occupant will be liaising between Mr President and the Cabinet ministers. If two ministries are collaborating on a project, he or she will be responsibility for ensuring such collaboration is effective and efficient. He or she will need to be a jack-of-all-trades and Master-of-all. He or she should have links in the corporate and political setting that can be drawn upon in case there is need for public/private sector partnership. He or she should also be internationally exposed as there will be need to accompany Mr President on foreign negotiations. He or she should be able to sense-check any ministerial proposal and act as a sort of vetting house for proposals before they get to Mr President. He or she should also be versed in strategy and planning as he will be Mr President’s execution driver to make sure plans do not remain on paper but are actually translated to real results. It is arguably the most important executive role after the President and the Vice President. So you can see it is not a “job-for-the-boys” role, it’s not the kind of role you give to a political crony or loyalist from your hometown. It is not a role you give to someone who has not actually run a large pan-national organisation/institution. If you are not serious about delivering/executing your campaign manifesto, then yes, it is the sort of job you would give to a “Boss Mustapha”.

  • Mani_Kay

    ONLY THING BUHARI HAS NOT YET SUCCEEDED IN DOING ……… REPLACE BUKOLA SARAKI WITH AHMED LAWAN

    The only thing Buhari has not yet succeeded in doing is to remove Bukola Saraki as Senate President and replace him with
    Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan.

    This Buhari will surely do whenever he gets his chance.

    Going by this clannish and nepotism ridden appointment of Boss Mustapha (member of Buhari’s PTF inner circle from the North East cabal axis) ……… it is very clear that Bukola Saraki does not fit and would be replaced as soon as Buhari gets his chance.

    With this appointment the handwriting is on the wall … and it is now very, very clear.

    • PolyGon2013

      You still don’t understand how democracy works. Buhari cannot remove Bukola Saraki. The only people who can remove the SP are the legislators. Our democracy is taking shape, albeit not perfect. However, if Saraki committed a crime and he is found guilty, yep, he will be gone. His own zone can also replace him via a recall; and you know quite well it won’t happen.

      • Mani_Kay

        Is Bukola Saraki from the North East?

        Is Bukola Saraki a relation of Buhari?

        Did Bukola Saraki work with Buhari at PTF?

        Is Bukola Saraki a member of Buhari’s gee-chorus gang?

    • Suleiman Salisu

      He is from Northeast, same zone as Babachir Lawal. Buhari is from Northwest. I do not see your point.

      • Mani_Kay

        My point is that Bukola Saraki’s profile is completely different from Buhari’s preferred profiles. I hope you get it!

        • M-olaniyi Odebode

          The Nigerian President has no constitutional power to replace Saraki; only the National Assembly has.

    • Arabakpura

      He is actually a first cousin to Babachir Lawal! This was the agreement reached between Buhari and Babachir Lawal to stop him from leaking any negative things about the administration to the press! Full and final settlement! Don’t believe those who said that the man is being investigated by security agencies! It’s a risk Sai Baba Corruption Buhari is not willing to undertake!

  • Man_Enough

    This is his last chance to shine. I wish him well.

  • eshe_70@yahoo.com

    Looks like he has had a stellar career so far. But why is he not a SAN? Though I don’t know the requirements Needed for someone to be made a SAN. Along with Lawal & Oke , Malami and Dambazzau should be fired for Mainagate

    • Passionate about Nigeria

      To be SAN, you need to have argued significant matters at the superior courts (Court of Appeal and Supreme Court), or be a published legal academician. This “Boss Mustapha” is an unknown in the legal profession just as Malami was before Buhari elevated him to a position too big for him to occupy.

  • PolyGon2013

    Very qualified. I wish him good luck.

    • Julius

      True , but his name and where he came from will be an issue with some people. I also wish him the best of luck. We need to make the country work.

  • Arkhuma

    The stand out point here is that the man has consistently been a progressive, SDP…ACN….APC. He could have been jumping and fishing around for political patronage by joining the PDP while they held sway. So, let’s hope his political consistency is based on a strong moral persuasion which he can bring to bear in this very important office.

    • MilitaryPolice01 [Joint Chief]

      Progressive? How can he be a progressive when parties lack ideology in Nigeria. Just commend him for sticking with the AC/ACN/CPC/APC since inception and not for being a progressive.
      For your assignment, google political progressive and educate yourself a little bit more.

      • Arkhuma

        Thanks for the retort! But I still think he is a progressive. The problem we usually have is that we always attempt to define our attributes as mirror image of other climes. The fact is is that a democrat is not less so if he does not project the characteristics of a politician in the US because every different terrain throws up variables which modify the character of such. As far as I’m concerned, the man has been consistent and stuck with parties which we have described as progressives in our country. Whether these parties have been able to transform their progressive rhetorics to life changing realities for their members and the rest of the country is another discussion. To find a politician who has been in the same circle in a nation where politicians change party affiliation as they change clothes is still commendable, especially when the core base of the parties is outside his geographic zone.
        So please save your barb for the leopards in our polity. We must start from somewhere and a good place to start is to demand some party loyalty from our politicians. Perhaps when they stay long enough in one party, they will imbibe the ideas of the party.

        • MilitaryPolice01 [Joint Chief]

          Then I am telling you that one word doesnt have country specific meanings or definitions. A dictionary meaning or definition applies same across board and across countries.
          Nobody talked about the US, I asked you to simply check the meaning of progressives and educate yourself, the problem we have in Nigeria is we fail to think out of the box, we swallow all our politicians blurt out without trying to correct or advocate what is right and in so doing our politician think they are right.
          That you have consistently stayed in one party which has nothing of a progressive ideology never makes you a progressive. That our clueless politicians shout progressives everyday doesnt make them progressives and doesnt mean they know what it means or takes to be one. Do you know what or who are progressive is ? Do you know what ideals which when pursued makes you one ? No you clearly dont if not you wouldnt have repeated all you typed above. When you are corrected, swallow your pride, do some research and learn and become better and more knowledgeable. Dont grandstand or be proud, come down from your high horse and learn, it might prove helpful in the future and save you some embarrassment.

          • Arkhuma

            Well, I feel we see different shades of same. So we can as well drop the matter. One definite fact I know is that, societies despite being not mutually exclusive, retains their peculiarities. Words and it usage are based on the sentimentalities of its origin. If you decide to feed fat on the rigid definitions of what someone else has defined, that is your undeniable right. As to educating myself, I will do that as I deem fit. So, you can save your sermon. Cheers.

  • Mizch

    Another North Easterner. Waaaaah!

  • Mizch

    “He was a member of NCC and Secretary, APC Presidential Campaign Organization Mobilization (2015.)” SETTLEMENT!!!

  • Abdussalami Yaro

    Yes! The new “Boss” is in town.