Abba Kyari: Buhari's directive to ministers is wrong - Retired federal official says

Abba Kyari: Buhari's directive to ministers is wrong - Retired federal official says

- President Buhari's directive to ministers over meeting requests has been criticised by some analyst

- According to a retired federal permanent secretary, the order will create barrier between the president and the ministers

- Going further, the former perm sec said that the order will also put an unmanageable burden on the office of the chief of staff

The directive of President Muhmmadu Buhari in which he asked the newly sworn in ministers to pass all requests intended for him through the chief of staff, Abba Kyari, has brought about mixed reactions from Nigerians.

According to the president, the order, was necessary to speed up the process of decision-making in the administration.

In reaction to this, some analysts said with the president’s directive, no minister will have access to him without Kyari’s clearance.

“The appointment of a Principal Private Secretary (PPS) could have mitigated the problem of a President who is limited in terms of how many hours he would make available for official work.

“This is a wrong approach to adopt for a president who has said that he wants to improve the level of efficiency and efficacy of governance in the country,” a retired federal permanent secretary, said.

Going further, he added that the directive would create a major problem for both the president and the chief of staff.

“It would simply reinforce the idea that there is a circle around the president, preventing him from having access to all the information he needs.

“If you are going to appoint ministers and place huge burden on them, certainly you should allow them even if is going to be a few minutes to see you. They do not need to get clearance from the chief of staff, if the system is going to work but if you make it mandatory that all matters have to be cleared with the Chief of Staff, many ministers will just simply sit in their office because the system will become bad,” he said.

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Recall that had reported that Buhari on Tuesday, August 20, told ministers-designate and other presidential appointees to submit any request meant for him to Kyari, and all executive matters to SGF Boss Mustapha. ( -> We have updated to serve you better!

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