– Doyin Okupe described as accurate President Buhari’s directive to his new ministers
– The president has been criticised for asking ministers to reach him through Abba Kyari
– The former presidential aide said this going through the chief of staff will prevent unscheduled visit to the Presidential villa
Chief Doyin Okupe who served as aide to former president Goodluck Jonathan has backed President Muhammadu Buhari in his statement that ministers go through Abba Kyari
President Buhari had come under criticism after he told new ministers to channels their meeting requests through the chief of staff, Abba Kyari.
In a post on his social media page, Okupe said he was appalled by some of the criticism against the statement made by president as it was the normal procedure.
He said: “Ministers are constitutional aides of Mr President in their respective ministries. Whereas the Chief of staff is a trusted personal aide of the President and the supreme head of the administration in the Presidency.
“His responsibilities include hour by hour and day to day administration of the villa and every detail of the programmes of the President. This sacred job is done exclusively by the COS or any one designated to do it on his behalf.
“The office of the President is the highest office in the country and it must have strict even though elastic schedules to accommodate emergencies.
“It will easily be understood that for the integrity of the schedules of Mr President , which may include diplomatic, foreign missions, organisations, institutions, bilateral talks, visitations by other heads of states, conferences and other special events, very important domestic affairs, it therefore becomes imperative that only the office of the chief of staff is designated to handle all presidential appointments to avoid confusion and shoddiness at the highest office in the land.”
Okupe said a minister who is unaware of the schedule of the president runs the risk of going to the Villa unannounced and disrupting the already laid down plan.
“A minister who does not know the scheduled programmes of the President for the day cannot just impose his presence on the office of the president to disrupt the plans and protocols for the day or unnecessarily divert the attention of Mr President and cause him to delay other previously planned schedules with similarly important dignitaries.
“Personally I have witnessed this shameful embarrassments in the past just because we failed to go by laid down procedures. This is often too common with us politicians who considers the President as a colleague or personal friend or associate of long standing, with whom there should not be any bureaucratic barriers even in spite of his new exalted office as the head of state.
“However, for the Presidency to run efficiently with a dignified administrative regime, a stratified arrangement of protocol need to be put in place and applied to those who need to see the president officially.”
Okupe suggested that the president should not have made the directive public but instead issue it as a memo to the ministers.
“Maybe the President needed not to have announced it publicly. A simple memo from the office of the chief of staff , written clearly as a directive from Mr President would have sufficed.
“I have served in the Presidency twice and I hold the above views.”
Recall that Legit.ng had reported that Buhari on Tuesday, August 20, told ministers-designate and other presidential appointees to submit any request meant for him to Kyari, and all executive matters to SGF Boss Mustapha.
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