EXCLUSIVE: Buhari, others have 101 presidential aides; Buhari 24, Osinbajo 52 [FULL LIST]

President Muhammdu Buhari and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo at the FEC meeting on the 22nd of March 2017 [Photo Credit: Novo Isioro]
President Muhammdu Buhari and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo at the FEC meeting on the 22nd of March 2017
[Photo Credit: Novo Isioro]

Between himself, his wife and close lieutenants, President Muhammadu Buhari has at least 101 aides, PREMIUM TIMES can report.

However, over 50 percent of those aides are attached to the office of the vice president.

PREMIUM TIMES has obtained a list of presidential appointees serving as aides to President Buhari, his wife, Aisha Buhari, the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, and other government officials.

Apart from the two men, Mr. Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, has eight aides attached to him.

Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, has six presidential aides atttached to his office, while the Secretary to the Government of the Federation has five of such aides.

The wife of the president has three recognised aides while the two presidential media assistants are attached to the Minister of information and Culture, Lai Mohammed.

Mr. Osinbajo is said to have appointed at least 15 of those aides between June and August, 2017 when Mr. Buhari was away on medical vacation.

‘ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN’

The list shows that Mr. Buhari’s office has aides on wide range of issues, from key areas of administration and media to social events and housekeeping.

The area with the highest number of aides is media, which has eight appointees – at least one known media aide of the president is however not listed.

The eight in the list, apart from the two official spokespersons of the president, include two aides on new/social media, two on photography and one aide each for “TV Media” and “Broadcast Media”.

LION SHARE FOR OSINBAJO

But while Mr. Buhari has a total number of 24 aides, Mr. Osinbajo has 52, going by the list.

Apart from the initial 21 appointees in the office of the vice president, who handle key areas from economy to social investment programme and media, the vice president has another list of 31 aides to his name.

For the latter list of 31, the aides are grouped into two; 14 are identified as donor funded while the rest are categorised as “government funded”.

Those identified as being funded by donors include senior special assistants on power, IDPs, power privatization, monitoring and evaluation, among others.

Omissions

However, like a previous list of appointees officially released by the president, this list is also not without omissions.

Omitted from the list, by PREMIUM TIMES’s check, are at least one aide each for Mr. Buhari and Mr. Osinbajo.

Bashir Ahmad, a Personal Assistant of Mr. Buhari on New Media is excluded so also is a special assistant to the president on inter-governmental affairs, working in the office of the vice president, Abdulrahman Baffa Yola.

The list also does not include security personnel and civil servants attached to these individuals, who an insider said are also in their dozens.

For example, both the president and the vice president are said to have protocol officers and chief security officers.

The president also has an army colonel serving as his Aide de Camp, ADC. A senior police officer is serving the vice president in similar role.

“This is in addition to a routine of other officials deployed from all over the government to serve the two men,” a presidency source said.

SEE FULL LIST BELOW

LIST OF POLITICAL APPOINTEES   
S/No.NAMESPORTFOLIODATE
POLITICAL APPOINTEES BY THE PRESIDENT
1Mrs. Anne H. EwohimeSpecial Assistant (Catering Services) to the President
2Saleh YugudaSpecial Assistant (House Keeping) to the President
3Mr. Garba ShehuSenior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the President
4Mr. Sarki AbbaSenior Special Assistant (Household & Social Events) to the President
5Mr. Sabi’u YusufSpecial Assistant (Personal Assistant) to the President
6Mr. Femi AdesinaSpecial Adviser (Media and Publicity) to the President
7Ya’u Shehu DarazoSenior Special Assistant to the President (Special Duties)
8Dr. Suhayb Sanusi RafindadiPersonal Physician to the President
9Mohammad Hamisu SaniSpecial Assistant to the President (Special Duties)
10Brig. Gen. P T Boroh (rtd)Special Adviser to the President/Coordinator, Amnesty Programme
11Mallam Abba KyariChief of Staff to the President
12Ahmed Muhammadu MayoSpecial Assistant on Finance and Administration
13Tolu OgunlesiSpecial Assistant on Digital/News Media
14Nasiru AdhamaSpecial Assistant on Youth and Student Affairs
15Ayuba BalamiSpecial Assistant on Social Events
16Bayo OmoboriowoPersonal Assistant to the President (Presidential Photographer)
17Sunday AghaezePersonal Assistant to the President (State Photographer)
18Naziru Mohammad BashiruPersonal Assistant to the President (TV Media)
19Shaaban Ibrahim Ibrahim SandaPersonal Assistant to the President (Broadcast Media)
20Lauretta OnochiePersonal Assistant to the President (Social Media)
21Dr. Samuel AnkeliSenior Special Assistant on Physically Challenged
22Abike Dabiri-ErewaSenior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs & Diaspora
23Princess (Mrs. Adejoke O. AdefulireSenior Special Assistant on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
24Shehu GarbaSpecial Assistant on Physically Challenged
VICE PRESIDENT
1Dr. Balkisu SaiduSenior Special Assistant to the President on Research, Legal & Compliance Matters
2Mr. Adeola Rahman IpayeDeputy Chief of Staff to the President
3Mr. Laolu AkandeSenior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity
4Mrs. Maryam UwaisSpecial Adviser (Social Investment)
5Mr. Emmanuel Oludolapo BrightSenior Special Assistant to the President on Economic Management Team
6Mr. Edobor IyamuSenior Special Assistant to the President on Economic Affairs
7Mr. Ismaeel AhmedSenior Special Assistant to the President on Social Investment Programmes
8Ms. Olayinka OyeneyinSenior Special Assistant to the President on Project Management
9Fadi Rose AuduSpecial Assistant to the President on Domestic Matters
10Mr. Omolayo AkinfalaSpecial Assistant to the President on Protocol
11Ms. Imeh Patience OkonSenior Special Assistant to the President on Infrastructure
12Miss Lillian IdiagheSpecial Assistant to the President on Legal Matters
13Mr. Arukaino Thomas UmukoroSpecial Assistant to the President on Communication Projects
14Mr. Daniel Oseaga IkuenobeSpecial Assistant to the President on Economic Recovery & Growth Plan
15Mr. Folarin AlayandeSpecial Assistant to the President on Economic Recovery & Growth Plan
16Dr. Effiong EssienSpecial Assistant to the President on Economic Recovery & Growth Plan
17Olaolu BeckleySpecial Assistant to the President on Documentation
18Novo IsioroSpecial Assistant to the President on Visual Communication
19Ambassador Abdullahi GwarySenior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs
20Feyishayo AinaSpecial Assistant to the President (Strategic Communications)
21Hon. Gambo ManzoPersonal Assistant to the President (Political)
DONOR FUNDED
1Mrs. Damilola OgunbiyiSenior Special Assistant Power
2Dr. Mariam MashaSenior Special Assistant (IDPs)
3Mr. Chiedu UghoSenior Special Assistant (Power Privatization)
4Mr. Runde OsibamowoSenior Special Assistant (Monitoring and Evaluation)
5Dr. Jumoke OduwoleSenior Special Assistant (Trade and Investment)
6Mr. Muktar TijinaSpecial Assistant (Power)
7Mr. Tochi NwachukwuSpecial Assistant (Power Privatization)
8Mr. Mohammed BrimahSpecial Assistant (IDPs)
9Mr. Yahaya MaibeSpecial Assistant (Social Investments)
10Mr. Peter DimikeSpecial Assistant (Economic Matters)
11Mr. Adedeji AdeyemiSpecial Assistant (NEC Affairs)
12Mrs. Jibola AjayiSpecial Assistant (BPE Affairs)
13Mr. Ife AdebayoSpecial Assistant (Innovation and Entrepreneurship)
14Mr. Myani BukarSpecial Assistant (Legal Matters)
GOVERNMENT FUNDED
15Dr. Adeyemi DepeoluSpecial Adviser (Economic Matters)
16Senator Femi OjuduSpecial Adviser (Political Matters)
17Dr. Nicholas AudifferemSpecial Adviser (Research, Legal and Compliance)
18Mr. Ayoleke AduSenior Special Assistant (Economic Matters)
19Mrs. Foluso IdumuSenior Special Assistant (Administration)
20Mr. Lanre OsibonaSenior Special Assistant (ICT and Logistics)
21Mr. Sesan AdeboyejoSenior Special Assistant (Documentation)
22Mr. Tola AsekunSenior Special Assistant (Budget)
23Mr. Donald WokomaSpecial Assistant (NEC Matters)
24Mr. Bege BalaSpecial Assistant (NCP/BPE)
25Mr. Dotun AdebayoSpecial Assistant (Privatization)
26Mr. Yosola DawoduSpecial Assistant (Protocol)
27Dr. Abiodun AdelowoPersonal Physician
28Mrs. Koko IyamuSpecial Assistant (Admin)
29Ms. Susan ChagwaSpecial Assistant Household and Social Events
30Tayo Basirat FakoredeSpecial Assistant (Special Duties)
31Mosope OlaosebikanSpecial Assistant (Media and ICT)
SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FEDERATION
1Mr. Gideon SamaniSenior Special Assistant to the President (Political)
2Prof. A. K. UsmanSenior Special Assistant on Legal, Research and Documentation
3Ayuba Musa BirmaSpecial Assistant to the President (Political)
4Umaru Waziri KumoPersonal Assistant to the President (Special Duties)
5Ibrahim Bapetel HassanSenior Special Assistant to the President (Policy Development & Analysis)
CHIEF OF STAFF
1Mallam Tijjani YusufSpecial Assistant (General Duties) to the President
2Ahmed Rufa’i AbubakarSenior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs/Int. Relations
3Lai YahayaSenor Special Assistant to the President on Policy and Strategy
4Fola OyeyinkaSenior Special Assistant to the President on Economic Matters
5Bode OyetundeSenior Special Assistant to the President on Finance and Fiscal Policy
6Farouk GumelSenior Special Assistant to the President on Special Duties
7Musa Shafi’iSenior Special Assistant to the President on Administration
8Abdul Mutallab MuktarSenior Special Assistant to the President on General Duties
The Wife of the President
1Dr. Mohammed Kamal AbdulrahmanPersonal Physician to the Wife of the President
2Hadi UbaSpecial Assistant to the President (Admin II) to the Wife of the President
3Dr. Hajo SaniSenior Special Assistant (Admin) to the Wife of the President
ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE FEDERATION
1Alhaji Ahmadu GiadeSpecial Assistant to the President on Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances
2Mr. Sylvester ImhanobeSpecial Assistant to the President on Research/Special Duties
3Mrs. Juliet Chikaodili Ibekaku NwagwuSpecial Assistant to the President on Reforms
4Mr. Abiodun Ayodeji AikomoSpecial Assistant to the President on Financial Crimes
5Mr. Kehinde Isaac OginniSpecial Assistant to the President on Financial Crimes
6Chief Okoi Ofem Obono – OblaSpecial Assistant to the President on Prosecution
MINISTER OF INFORMATION
1Mr. Williams AdeleyeSpecial Assistant to the President on Media (SA to Minister of Information)
2Mr. Segun AdeyemiSpecial Assistant on Media (SA to Minister of Information)
1Mr. Ben Ifeanyi AkabuezeDG (Planning)

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