Buhari Doubles Kyari’s Powers as Critics Groan


President Muhammadu Buhari has increased the responsibilities of his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abba Kyari by directing newly sworn -in Ministers to channel all correspondence through his office. 

The directive was first made at the end of the Presidential retreat for the ministers designate on Tuesday and repeated again after the swearing in of the ministers at the Council Chambers of the State House, Abuja, last Wednesday. 

With the President’s order, no minister will have access to him without Kyari’s clearance.  The Borno born technocrat was first appointed August 27, 2015 and reappointed July 5, 2019.

The Chief of Staff manages the President’s schedule and correspondence and any other duties that may be assigned by the President.

However, reactions from a broad spectrum of life contend that the elevation of Kyari’s office to superintend ministers was not a healthy development.