By Gideon Njoku
Even though not a word has been heard from President Muhammadu Buhari, three weeks after his inauguration on the composition of his cabinet or key aides, multiple sources inform The Source that a new Chief of Staff to the President has been penciled down.
Barring any last minute changes, we gathered, Adamu Adamu, the immediate past Minister for Education, will occupy the high profile office.
If true, Adamu will be replacing Abba Kyari, Buhari’s friend and ally. Kyari has been on the position since 2015.
Adamu, journalist, a former newspaper columnist, accomplished administrator, and accountant, has been a very close ally and extremely loyalist of the President. He has been a Buharist for decades. But, it is a relationship he does not make a dance and song of.
One source told this magazine,: “Unlike many others, he does not flaunt his relationship with the President, yet, he is closer to him than them.”
Touted to also be a Presidential speech writer many a-time, in addition to his ministerial portfolio, Adamu is discreet, reserved, not talkative, and well respected in circles where it matters most.
Another seemingly sure appointment is that of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF. There is no vacancy there, we were told, as the urbane and cosmopolitan Boss Mustapha will be reappointed.
In the same manner, the irrepressible Presidential aides, Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu, are going nowhere.
While Mr. President continues to hold the list of his would-be appointees close to his chest, strong opinion is that he would lay it before the Senate as soon as members resume.