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Following the sudden and unexpected demise of Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Buhari, there have been various speculations, questions and assumptions from different quarters on who the President deems it fit to occupy the position.

Without much ado, the Chief of Staff to any President in the world is the gatekeeper who ensures that the day to day administrative functions of the government are conducted without hitch.

According to media reports, several people are likely to occupy the position. This include Mohammed Bello (Minister of the Federal Capital Territory), Mallam Adamu Adamu (The Minister for Education) and Babagana Kingibe who is a seasoned technocrat in both political and administrative affairs.

Though not officially announced, Kingibe has been functioning as the Chief of Staff to the President since the late Abba Kyari travelled abroad and from the period he was hospitalised. This was however, in acting capacity.

From records, Nigeria has had several Chiefs of Staff who performed excellently. Such include: Major-Generals Ekpo, Idiagbon and Yaradua who acted in the governments of Major General Buhari and Yakubu Gowon. They assisted their bosses in seeing that no stone was left unturned in the quest to develop the nation.

Whoever, Buhari decides to appoint is not the question now. The question is if the appointed individual will be able to function and perform optimally going beyond what Kyari was said to have achieved. I do heartily wish the President and other concerned individuals speedy progress as regards this.

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