Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed

*Why I Accepted Shettima’s Appointment — Hakeem Baba-Ahmed

President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of the spokesman of the Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF), Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, as Special Adviser on Political Affairs, in the office of the Vice President.

Dr Baba-Ahmed’s appointment came with 17 others, categorised into Special Advisers and Senior Special Assistant for the Vice President’s office.

Baba-Ahmed is brother of the Labour Party’s vice presidential candidate in the last elections, Dr Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed.

Also on the list is Jumoke Oduwole, appointed as Special Adviser to the President on Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) and Investment.

The announcement was contained in a statement on Monday by the Director of Information in the office of the Vice President, Mr Olusola Abiola.

The team comprising six Special Advisers and 12 Senior Special Assistants will work in the office of the Vice President, supporting the ‘Renewed Hope Agenda’ of the Tinubu administration.

“The appointments in the Vice President’s office include; Rukaiya El-Rufai, Special Adviser (SAD) to the President on NEC & Climate Change; Tope Kolade Fasua as Special Adviser (SAD) to the President on Economic Matters; Aliyu Modibbo Umar, Special Adviser (SAD), General Duties; Hakeem Baba Ahmed, Special Adviser (SAD) on Political Matters, and Jumoke Oduwole, Special Adviser (SAD) to the President on PEBEC & Investment.

“Others include, Sadiq Wanka, Special Adviser (SAD) to the President on Power Infrastructure; Usman Mohammed, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Administration & Office Coordination; Kingsley Stanley Nkwocha, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Communications; and Ishaq Ahmed Ningi, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Digital Media & Emergency Management.

“Peju Adebajo, Senior Special Assistant to the President, Investment & Privatisation; Mohammed Bulama, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Political/Special Duties; Kingsley Uzoma, Senior Special Assistant to the President, Agricbusiness & Productivity Enhancement; Gimba Kakanda, Senior Special Assistant to the President, Research & Analytics, and Temitola Adekunle-Johnson, Senior Special Assistant to the President, Job Creation & MSMEs.

“Nasir Yammama, Senior Special Assistant to the President, Innovation; Zainab Yunusa, Senior Special Assistant to the President on NEC; Mariam Temitope, Senior Special Assistant to the President, Regional Development Programmes, and Bashir Maidugu, Deputy State House Counsel (Senior Special Assistant to the President), completes the list of appointments in the Vice President’s office,” the statement reads.

Meanwhile, Director of Publicity, Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed has accepted to serve as the Special Adviser to the Vice President, Kashim Shettima on Political Affairs.

He disclosed this on his verified Twitter handle @baba_hakeem on Monday.

In the tweet, he was quoted as saying, “It is time to make it public that I have accepted to serve as Special Adviser (Political Affairs) to the VP @Kshetti”.

According to him, “This is not the time for fence-sitting or criticism when you can be useful in turning the country around”.

“I am honored and humbled. Please pray for me and Nigeria,” he stressed.

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