The late Abba Kyari has been described by many as one of the most powerful men in President Buhari’s cabinet. Some persons have even gone further to describe the late chief as defacto President.
One would ask, why is this so? What powers did Abba Kyari had that made people believe he is that powerful.
I did a little research and came up with these. Let’s take a look at 17 RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE CHIEF OF STAFF: 1- Coordinating the activities of all Principal Staff Officers of the President C-IN-C,
2- Conveyance of all directives and decisions of the President, C-in-C to the SGF, CDS. Members and other top functionaries of Government,
3- formation of ad-hoc bodies as well as stipulating their terms of reference in conjunction with SGF,
4- Chairing of meetings of Principal Staff Officers to the President, C-in-C,
5-Monitoring and Coordinating the day to day activities of the President, C-in-C,
6- Clearance of all official military and civil matters as well as preparation of executives summaries on official issues,
7- Arrangement of all official appointments and engagements of the President, in conjunction with SCOP and ADC to C-in-C,
8- Arrangement and convening of all meetings sanctioned by the President C-in-C as well as coverage of such meetings including provision of secretarial services,
9- organizing Federal Executives Council meetings in conjunction with the cabinet secretariat and advising the President, C-in-C on schedules of the meetings for approval and eventual communication of same by the COS to the Cabinet Secretariat,
10.- Attendance of National Defence and Security Council meetings, 11.Coordination and attendance of the annual council/boards of Defence, NA, NN, NAF, NWC, CSC, NDA and NDF as well as following up all decisions reached in the meetings.
12. Serving as a link between the President, C-in-C and the Service Headquarters,
13. Vetting of all draft speeches for the President, C-in-C in respect of services functions
14. Management of correspondence to and from the President, C-in-C including the circulation of enrolled legislation, proposed Executive orders, decision memoranda, speeches and other Presidential documents to relevant State House functionaries for clearance and comment.
15. Ensuring that any document being forwarded to the President, C-in-C is in suitable condition, technically and substantively for President review and action,
16—Maintenance and control of the President, C-in-C’s projects and welfare accounts,
17—Authorisation of use of Presidential Air-fleet by Government functionaries.
Looking at the above functions, is Abba Kyari as powerful as they said? You can be the judge.
Caleb Onyeabor writes from Enugu. Connect with him on Twitter via twitter.com/caleb_onyeabor