Excited SGF, amidst Kogi Gov, service chiefs, supporters, hails Pres. Buhari’s safe return from vacation, says greater days lie ahead

By Nkiru Emeka-Nwankpa on August 19, 2018

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SGF, MR. BOSS MUSTAPHA

Mr. Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), who was among a presidential reception team of highly-excited top government functionaries including the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello and supporters has hailed the president for his safe return.

He was among those who received President Muhammadu Buhari from a 10-day UK vacation. He praised the president for providing credible leadership to the country at a time of huge national expectations and challenges. He assured Nigerians that the president was back with more vigor and vitality to work more for them.

Boss Mustapha, since his appointment as SGF replacing Babachir Lawal, is widely seen in many influential quarters to have successfully utilized his office, unique style and wide contacts to win over many new friends, loyalists, supporters and fence-sitters across the country to the president’s administration especially in the southern parts of the country.

He told reporters Saturday evening at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, the nation’s capital that the president’s sincerity, credibility, competence and integrity of leadership were the greatest assets ever displayed by a Nigerian leader in the service of the nation.

According to him, the president’s safe return to the country has again boosted the optimism and bolstered the hope of many Nigerians of a drastic and rapid change in their living conditions, a process of which he said the Federal Government had successfully laid a lasting foundation manifested in the several political, socio-economic policies and programs across the country.

‘’There are quite a number of issues. We are in a state of not emergency as such, there are several issues that we need to deal with as we get to the end of this first term, the president will bring his weight to bear on that, and you know he is very appealing when it comes to the issue of national importance. I can assure you that he is coming with more vigor and vitality.

‘’Many Nigerians are optimistic and hopeful that they have a president with the requisite credibility, competence and integrity of leadership to bring about a drastic change in their living conditions. The process had since started with the several policies and programs unprecedented in the history of this nation’’, he said.

 Other dignitaries at the airport were governors, the FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello, the Inspector General of Police, other service chiefs, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Mr. Femi Adesina and the Chairman, Governing Board of the National Committee Against AIDS (NCAA), Mrs. Paullen Tallen.

 Upon his arrival yesterday, President Buhari inspected a Guard of Honour which was mounted at the airport by troops of the Brigade of Guards, Abuja. Before his departure to the United Kingdom on August 3, he had handed over power to the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo,

Meanwhile, a news report monitored Saturday night on the Network News of the Nigerian Television Authority said that the President has, in compliance with the constitution, written a letter to the National Assembly as official notification that he has assumed duties.

In the letter which he was said to have personally signed and addressed to the Senate President and the Speaker, House of Representatives stated that he assumed duties on Friday, August 16, 2018, the day on which the 10-day vacation elapsed. He is expected to preside over a meeting with security chiefs on Monday. 

 

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Posted on August, 19 2018

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