The Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN, has described those calling for the sack of the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari as political jobbers within the All Progressives Congress, APC, who do not mean well for President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a statement on Tuesday, the National Chairman of the party, Ganiyu Galadima said that only the President has the right to decide who to appoint into his government, adding that all those who claim to support him must learn to respect his appointees.
Mr Galadima said “I have observed with keen interest the sustained campaign against the Chief of Staff to the President, Alhaji Abba Kyari. This was followed with a protest on Monday, 24th of June in Abuja. I then wondered what the sponsors of the campaign wanted to achieve by getting Abba Kyari out of the Villa.
“From my observations, any campaign against the Chief of Staff to the President, is a campaign against the President who appointed him and also found the services he was rendering to him useful and impacting positively on the nation.
“The chemistry of the Chief of Staff to the President also aligned with the President which allowed for a good working relationship, trust and mutual respect between the President and his bossom friend.
“The quality of advise, commitment, selflessness and patriotism of Alh Abba Kyari are some of the qualities that endeared him to the President besides loyalty and friendship.
“The people that are calling for the head of the Chief of Staff to the President are Nigerians who does not mean well for the President.
“The motive behind the campaign of calumny is to strip the President of the protection, loyalty and genuine service of Abba Kyari and become vulnerable to the antics of some unpatriotic Nigerians who does not wish the President well in governance.
“It is the responsibility of the President to appoint his personal Staffs, the Chief of Staff inclusive. I implored political jobbers and Hawks in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressive Congress (APC) to let Abba Kyari be as we appreciate his sacrifices to the nation”.
Similarly, the Buhari Media Organisation, BMO, condemned the protests, saying that adding that the protesters were people with little or no understanding of President Buhari and how he works.
In a statement signed by its Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke, the group described the protest as ill-thought, needless and unfortunate.
It said: “We wish to dissociate the Buhari Media Organisation from the recent protest at the Defence House, by persons calling for the resignation of the Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari.
“We did not sanction or support those protests including interviews on various media platforms, neither do we subscribe to the mission of the protesters and their sponsors.
“Malam Kyari as Chief of Staff to the President has brought sublime sophistication to the dispensation of his duties; he has given his best dutifully, and has been instrumental to the many successes of the Buhari administration.
“A decision by the President to retain him – if he so wishes – is one we cannot object to, but rather endorse wholeheartedly.
“We have no doubt that those who took to the streets against a key player in the Buhari administration are sponsored elements who can best be described as meddlesome interlopers.”
BMO said contrary to the position of the protesters and their sponsors, the Chief of Staff is one individual with a pedigree.
The group said: “Here is a man with academic background in Sociology and Law from two of the best universities in the world but later veered into Banking where he rose to the highest position in one of Nigeria’s most influential banks, United Bank for Africa Plc. (UBA).
“The Cambridge-trained lawyer who once worked for the law firm of Fani-Kayode and Sowemimo had never been a politician but had since 2015 successfully implemented the agenda of President Buhari. So, we are amused that some people somewhere could insinuate that the President is being controlled by his employee or anybody in the Presidency by whatever name they chose to call them.
“The President we know is his own man and we have his authority to say that the buck stops on his table. It is all about political appointments but our message to those blackmailers is that only President Buhari will exercise his right to choose who he wants to work within his second term in office and he would do that at the appointed time,” it added.