President Bola Tinubu appoints three key aides, including the chief of staff and government secretary, today 2 June 2023.

Current Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila (Southwest) will take over as Chief of Staff on 14 June.

Named to assist Gbajabiamila is Senator Ibrahim Hadejia (Northwest), former deputy governor of Jigawa State.

The third person appointed today is Senator George Akume (North Central) who will serve as Secretary to the Federal Government. He was President Buhari’s Minister of Special Duties.

Observers note that the appointments in the executive branch appear lopsided. In particular, it left the Southwest with two key positions while southeast and South-South went with nothing.

Gbajabiamila said in a statement that is appointment takes effect from 14 Jun. The time lag will allow him round off his duties as speaker of the parliament.

The country is suddenly facing serious socioeconomic challenges barely a week after Mr. Tinubu took office. Organized labour threatens to strike following an abrupt withdrawal of petroleum subsidy that shot up the prices of necessities.

Most filling stations jacked up pump prices three-fold, from N195 to over N500 per litre. The measure left citizens reeling as its knock-on effect led to increases in prices of everything else, from transportation to food.

Mr. Gbajabiamila took to Twitter shortly after his announcement as chief of staff-designate to thank the president. He assured that he will assist to navigate through the challenges.

“Thank you, Mr. President Bola Tinubu, for finding me worthy of being your Chief of Staff .

“Having spent the last 20 years in the Nigerian parliament and after winning my sixth term election into the National Assembly, I shall walk with Mr. president in discharging the enormous task ahead of him for the peace and progress of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“I shall give my best when I take office on June 14, 2023 as reflected in Mr. president’s official letter,” he said.

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