Why Buhari “removed” Kifasi as Head Of Service

With less than two months to the expiration of his tenure, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF), Mr. Danladi Kifasi has been ordered to proceed on terminal leave.

According to Report gathered from presidency sources, it stated that President Muhammadu Buhari ordered Kifasi who is due for retirement in December to vacate office in order to ensure that his administration adheres to the federal character principles as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

In a letter conveying Buhari’s directive which was issued by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal noted that Kifasi’s terminal leave was with effect from yesterday.

Although the SGF did not give any reason for the sudden removal of the HoS, a source at the presidency told the newsmen that Kifasi was asked to proceed on terminal leave because he is from Taraba State which is in the same North-East where the current the SGF hails from.

It was also gathered that Kifasi’s removal might not be unconnected with a hint that he was having a running battle with some permanent secretaries who did not find his leadership style comfortable.

It was also learnt that Buhari is already considering the appointment of a new HoS from the south, with three permanent secretaries from that part of the country already penned down as Kifasi’s possible replacement.


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