Following the death of the chief of staff to the president, Abba Kyari, the president may appoint a personal secretary instead of a new chief of staff, a new report has found.
President Muhammadu Buhari can opt for a personal secretary to replace the late Abba Kyari if he is not disposed to appointing a new Chief of Staff.
This was made known by retired Brig. General Jones Arogbofa, a former chief of staff to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan.
Arogba said no law compels President Buhari to appoint a new chief of staff after losing Kyari to Coronavirus (COVID-19) last week Friday.
The retired general stated these while appearing as a guest on Channels TV’s ‘Politics Today’ on Thursday.
“Legally, the President can afford not to appoint another CoS, he may decide to use a personal secretary,” Arogbofa said in response to a question asked by the anchor, Seun Okinbaloye.
Arogbofa however said if the president must appoint a replacement for Kyari, he must “Look for people who have the qualifications, people who are flexible, people who have the ability to get the job done.”
Also responding to a question on why some people refer to the chief of staff as the de facto president of the federation, the retired general said: “Anywhere in the world, the Chief of Staff is powerful. Anybody who controls human and material resources for an organisation is surely powerful.”