A former military administrator of Lagos State, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (retd.), has hailed the appointment of Babachir David Lawal as Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
In a statement issued on Thursday by his media aide, Bello Zubairu, the former Adamawa State governorship aspirant said Lawal’s appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari “is not only a plus to his tribe or state or the North but the country as a whole”.
He also described the new SGF as a thoroughbred party loyalist and philanthropist with great contacts across Nigeria.
“His life as an accomplished businessman, a pastor and his military background will in no little way ensure high level of discipline and impact positively on his duties as SGF”, Marwa was quoted in the statement as saying.
He also described Lawal as a “fair, straight-calls it as it is, honest man who is not a yes-man”, adding that, “he will no doubt bring new sense of direction into office and as an engine room of government, we are sure the President will get honest advice and as such policies will be well implemented and properly monitored”.
Marwa also hailed the appointment of Femi Adesina as the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity; Mr. Abba Kyari, as Chief of Staff; Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd.), as National Security Adviser, as well as Col. Hamid Ali (retd.) as Comptroller of Customs Service, a paramilitary agency.
“From every indication, the President has started well by putting merit and the nation ahead of any other considerations in these major decisions taken so far. He will however need the support of every citizen for these sincere efforts to yield fruitful manifestations that will benefit the citizenry”, Marwa added.