What I will do when I assume office — SGF Mustapha

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

The newly-appointed Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, says he will work to ensure more cooperation between government ministries and departments.

Mr. Mustapha said this on Tuesday while speaking to State House correspondents after he met with President Muhammadu Buhari in his office.

Mr. Mustapha, who was appointed on Monday, said his role in the government is to coordinate and ensure the implementation of government policies.

“Nigeria is not in lack of information and policy formulation, sometimes it is the synergy of those policies for the purposes of attending the goal that has been lacking,” he said.

“I think those are some of the things that I am going to bring to the office. There must be coordination, there must be synergy so that we can have a thrust that can move us forward,” he said.

The SGF said he found Mr. Buhari in high spirit adding that the president’s return to good health is a miracle.

“The President in his normal candour and humour ‎just cracked jokes and he was in very high spirit.

“I was pleasantly gladdened in my heart when I saw how robust and how uplifting he is in his spirit and in spite of the enormity of the fact that he has to deal with navigating the affairs of this nation.

“But he looked in-charge, quiet, calm and calculated, and the beauty about it is that his recovery process has been very very remarkable, it is just a miracle and I just want to thank God for that,” he said.

Mr. Mustapha said he will work to ensure that the Buhari administration achieves its three-pronged approach to governance by dealing with corruption, diversifying the economy and tackling insecurity.

He said the administration has done well in security and diversification of the economy.

Asked what he will do differently, Mr. Mustapha said he will wait until he takes the oath of office and receive briefings before deciding what to do.

“Well, I will wait until the oath of office is administered on me. Once that is done, I’ll now begin to take briefings from the office and begin to chart a roadmap.

“It is always not too fashionable to begin to talk about an office you have never occupied. That will be being too presumptuous and I wouldn’t want to do that at the moment.

“I will want to step into the office first. But I have a general picture of where we should be going,” he said.

He said Mr. Buhari’s policy on Agriculture is helping to curb poverty in the country.

He said the ANCHOR borrowers programme and others have the capacity to take Nigeria out of its economic difficulties.

“I believe that if we can do that consistently for a number of years we will get out of this quagmire. Because a nation that cannot feed itself has a long way to go in terms of institutional and industrial development.

“So, like I said I will not be too quick to say what I am going to do in office, but I have a general picture. Mr. President has cast the vision, all of us that are appointees of government have the singular responsibility to ensure that we run with that vision.

“He has made it plain and any vision that has been made plain for those that are being charged with responsibilities are supposed to run with that vision to ensure that at the end of the day the dividends of democracy is delivered to the people of Nigeria,” he said.

We will not disappoint Nigerians

The SGF, who was part of Mr. Buhari’s presidential campaign team, also assured that the administration will not disappoint Nigerians.

He said the campaign team went round the country seeking a mandate which was granted by the citizens “freely”.

“It behoves on us charged with responsibilities to ensure that we do not disappoint them,” he said.

Mr. Mustapha said he is aware of the high expectations of Nigerians from the Buhari administration.

“You live with families and you know the expectations of families. You live in communities, you know the expectations of those communities.

“You live in geographical jurisdictions and you know the expectations of those people.

“But we have come at a time when the resources are very very lean, in some cases not available but I believe with prudent management as being put in place by Mr. President we will be able to navigate these very difficult terrain and at the end of the day every Nigerian will have a smile on his face,” he said.

Mr. Mustapha said although the Buhari government is not promising “heaven on earth”, he said it can move Nigerians from a “state of squalor in which they are to a state where there will be hope, there will be expectations”.

He said hope does a lot of things, because of citizens desire to live for tomorrow.

“And if there is hope that things will be better, the people of Nigeria are very understanding people and I can assure you that they will continue to give this government the kind of support that we require to push the nation ahead,” he said.


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  • Frank Bassey

    Birds of the same feathers.

    • Abdulrahman Abdulyekeen


      • Frank Bassey

        He is his kinsman. I understand Lawal insisted on his nominee for him to step down.

        • MilitaryPolice01 [Joint Chief]

          He is not only his kinsman, he is Grasscutters 1st cousin

        • Dan arewa

          kai ,chai, so you have sources that inform you about what a suspended SFG was doing and saying, kai so fake news is now the real news nawao.

          • Frank Bassey

            Dan Arewa, I challenge you, supply the TRUE NEWS. I am waiting. When I posted here that Buhari must have known about Maina’s reinstatement into the Federal Civil Service, one cockroach flew in to call me fake news dispenser. Now, it is revealed …

        • Kallah Bature

          Like Dumbo and the owl-eyed lady calling the shots not only in NNPC/MIN.OF PETROLEUM but the entire country then? What is needed is purposeful corrupt-free leadership which PMB and the new SGF will provide.

          • Frank Bassey

            So, you believe that the ONLY people to supply “purposeful, corrupt-free leadership” is one and the same group of kinsmen? In societies where reason and sincerity dictate the way, PMB would go beyond Lawal’s community to choose his successor. Are you then saying that their community are manufacturers of “purposeful, corrupt-free leadership” in Nigeria? Did you watch Lawal’s interview to Channels TV when he assumed office – How he demonized PDP as a den of looters? Would you ever have imagined that such a blood-sucking bat exists in Buhari’s administration? When Buhari was Buhari (in the 80s), such characters would not smell a chair around him, talk more of keeping Babachir Lawal in office for over 6 months. Let us begin to tell ourselves the truth. Buhari chose the man so as to cover the sins of his brother. Buhari is compromised. I regret I wasted my vote in 2015.

          • STAND OUT

            So because of Lawal, nobody in Adamawa should be given federal appointment?

          • Frank Bassey

            Please, I did not say Adamawa.

          • Frank Bassey

            Please, go and find something better to do.
            Are you aware that our President was implicated in the re-absorption of Maina into the Civil Service? How would you explain that, please. Would you ever believe it.

  • Suleiman Alatise

    Please don’t compromise on ghost projects fraudulently called constituency projects, this is very important please.

  • emmanuel

    He didn’t tell us how he would steal ore money than Grasscutter, Oke and Baru? No mention of how much bribe he would collect to close MTN fine saga.
    APC is a criminal gang, with the combined foul smell of rotten egg and beans put together!

  • Really

    No, you will first pay homage to your first cousin Babachir Lawal for your appointment.