5 Facts About Nigeria's New SGF, The 'Boss' Mustapha
We now know two facts:
1. Political 'diamonds' do not last forever.
2. Babachir Lawal has been given a response to his infamous question - Who is the presidency?
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday showed again that he will not tolerate thieves within his ranks.
The president said 'good bye' to his former right hand man within the Aso Rock Villa, Babachir Lawal after a committee headed by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo found him guilty of fraud.
Unlike several other reports which will be published this week, this one will not focus on the sacked Lawal.
Bounce News explores the pedigree of the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha. Here are some facts we found:
1. His Appointment As NIWA DG was announced by Babachir Lawal:
On June 23, 2016; former SGF Lawal announced to Nigerians the on-boarding of Boss Gida Mustapha, as the new Managing Director of the National Inland Waterways Authority.
Little did he know that Mustapha would take his place next to the president within the Villa over the next 16 months.
2. Boss Is A Lawyer:
Mustapha is a lawyer with extensive experience in both private and public sectors in management positions.
The president's decision to get more lawyers around him may not be far-fetched bearing in mind that the Lawal Dust was raised by Nigeria's parliament.
The lawmakers in the Senate has sent several invitations to Lawal to explain his role in the brewing scandal that involved misappropriating funds meant for Internally Displaced People in Nigeria's terror ravaged north-east.
3. Mustapha Hails From Adamawa state:
This appears to be a political-plus-plus for the Buhari administration. With 2019 in sight, it would only be reasonable to replace Lawal with another son of the soil.
Like Lawal he is also from Adamawa state. But would being an indigene of Adamawa translate to professionalism and competence? Time will tell.
4. Mustapha Can Play Politics:
Boss Mustapha served as Deputy National Chairman of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).
The party, while it existed, was one of the legacy parties that formed the ruling All Progressives Congress just like the Congress For Progressive Change.
It may also be about 2019. The president needs to have a playmaker who will double as a political negotiator and an administrator.
He is also considered to be a personal friend to the National Leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu and the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
5. He Doesn't Have A Nickname:
He simply refers to himself as "Boss". No accolades or titles, no honourary greeting, simply Boss.
On assumption of office at NIWA his first speech to the staff set the tone for efficiency and professionalism.
He prefers to be called by his first name by contemporaries and subordinates.
"Just call me Boss, there is no need calling me Manager", he said on his first day as NIWA DG.
Hopefully, he would read the hand-writing on the wall and avoid the god-like image created within the walls of the Villa by his predecessor.
Farewell Babachir, Welcome the Boss!