Buhari Sacks Head Of Service, Danladi Kifasi, Speculations On Igbo Replacement

Buhari Sacks Head Of Service, Danladi Kifasi, Speculations On Igbo Replacement

By Doyin Ajayi | Sub-Editor on October 20, 2015
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Nigerian former Gen. Muhammadu Buhari speaks moments after he was presented with a certificate to show he won the election in Abuja, Nigeria, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. | AP/Sunday Alamba

President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked the head of the Nigerian Civil Service, Barrister Danladi Kifasi in a move that supporters of the president say is aimed at achieving the Federal Character Principle.

The letter communicating the president’s decision was signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, Tuesday, October 20, 2015, which according to Sahara Reporters asked Kifasi to immediately proceed on terminal leave.

PR Nigeria, a public relations firm that circulates press releases on behalf of security agencies in the country in an email to The Trent added to speculations that the decision to fire Kifasi was connected to meeting the constitutional requirement for federal character.

“In an effort to ensure Federal Character Principle as enshrined in the Nigeria‘s Constitution, the Federal Government may soon announce a new Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HOS),” the email said.

“The current Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Barrister Danladi Kifasi from Taraba State is from the same North-East zone with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal who is from Adamawa State.
“PRNigeria gathered that Barrister Danladi Kifasi has prepared for smooth handover in the event of the announcement of new HOS who may likely from the Southern part of Nigeria.” 
According to sources who spoke with Daily Post, Buhari may be considering to appoint someone from the South East region of the county. “We already heard that the position is going to the South and expect that it would particularly be South-East. South-West is not on the cards,” a senior federal civil servant told the online newspaper.
A communications director in the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation, Mohammed Manga has refused to comment on the matter to the press.
A top official in the All Progressives Congress (APC), however, told The Trent, Tuesday, to disregard speculations in the media. “Buhari and only Buhari knows what he is doing and wants to do,” the ruling party stalwart told our reporter. “Ignore reports of an Igbo Head of Service. Wait till you have an announcement from the Presidency.”


  1. Comment:dis buhari sef, wetin concern a career Officer with a politician.is dis not favoritism, all because of his pardy babacir. nawa ooooooooo!

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