President Muhammadu Buhari has fired the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina confirmed this development in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday.
Adesina said President Buhari approved the appointment of Boss Mustapha as the new SGF and also approved the termination of the appointment of the suspended Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayo Oke.
The statement read:
“President Muhammadu Buhari has studied the report of the panel headed by the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, which investigated allegations against the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Babachir David Lawal, and the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayo Oke.
The President accepted the recommendation of the panel to terminate the appointment of Mr Lawal and has appointed Mr Boss Mustapha as the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation. The appointment takes immediate effect.
President Buhari also approved the recommendation to terminate the appointment of Ambassador Oke, and has further approved the setting up of a three-member panel too, among other things, look into the operational, technical and administrative structure of the Agency and make appropriate recommendations".
Boss Gida Mustapha is a lawyer, management consultant, politician, businessman and boardroom guru of considerable repute.
He was the former Managing Director/CEO of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA).
He was born in Adamawa and attended Hong Secondary School, in Hong, Adamawa and North East College of Arts and Sciences, Maiduguri, Borno state, crowning it with WASC and HSC in 1976.
He earned his Bachelor of Law (LL.B) from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1979 and was called to bar in 1980.
Mustapha did the compulsory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) – Directorate of Legal Services at the Army Headquarters and was in charge of review of Court Marshall Proceedings from 1980 to 1981