The Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Bukola Saraki has appointed Dr. Hakeem Baba Ahmed, as his new Chief of Staff.
The Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), to the Senate President, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in a statement released yesterday says the appointment takes immediate effect.
He succeeds Senator Isa Galaudu, who resigned last week. Although no reason was given by the senator for his resignation but sources said the relationship between the duo had been frosty, prompting Galaudu to write the Senate President of his intention to leave the job in November last year but was prevailed by the Senate President to hold on.
All You Should Know About Dr. Hakeem Baba Ahmed
Baba Ahmed, 61, was educated at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, London School of Economics and University of Sussex, both in the United Kingdom. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree.
He was a former public servant and intellectual.
Dr. Hakeem Baba Ahmed, started his working career as a lecturer with the then University of Sokoto now known as Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto, before joining the Kaduna State Civil Service.
He later transferred his service to the Federal Civil Service where he rose to become Permanent Secretary.
Dr. Hakeem Baba Ahmed was permanent Secretary at various times in the Presidency and later Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
He a one time Secretary of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). He was chairman of the committee that screened the 19 aspirants that contested for the November 21, 2015 governorship election in Bayelsa State.
He is a holder of the national honour of Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR).
The new Chief of Staff to the Senate President is a columnist with the Daily Trust newspapers.
In a similar development, acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday transmitted the name of the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, to the Senate for confirmation as the substantive CJN.
A source close to the Office of the Senate President said Senate President Bukola Saraki received the letter yesterday, requesting the upper chamber to screen and confirm Justice Onnoghen, a Cross River State indigene, as the substantive CJN.
Pressure has been mounted on the presidency to appoint Justice Onnoghen the substantive CJN after northerners had held the post for 30 years.
The transmission of Justice Onnoghen’s name to the Senate follows the clean bill he was given by the Department of State Service (DSS) that has been involved in the probe of some judges of the Supreme Court and other lower courts.
President Buhari had, on November 10, 2016, inaugurated Onnoghen as acting CJN following the retirement of Justice Mahmud Mohammed at the attainment of the mandatory 70-year retirement age.
Onnoghen’s reappointment as CJN in an acting capacity will be in line with Section 231(4) and (5) of the constitution which states that:
“If the office of Chief Justice of Nigeria is vacant or if the person holding the office is for any reason unable to perform the functions of the office, then until a person has been appointed to and has assumed the functions of that office, or until the person holding the office has resumed those functions, the President shall appoint the most Senior Justice of the Supreme Court to perform those functions.
“Except on the recommendation of the NJC, the appointment pursuant to the provisions of sub-section (4) of this section shall cease to have effect after the expiration of three months from the date of such appointment and the President shall not reappoint a person whose appointment has lapsed.”