Alhaji Isa Funtua, a close associated of President Buhari, has stated the reason he cannot replace the late Mallam Abba Kyari as the President’s Chief of Staff
Funtua, while reacting to reports that he was likely to succeed the late Kyari as the next Chief of Staff, said it is an insult to his personality.
Speaking to BBC Hausa, Alhaji Funtua said he should be concerned about employing people and not struggling for government appointments.
The politician stated that appointments like Chief of Staff should be for young people not people of his age bracket, adding that Nigerians should stop making drawing of public offices.
He was quoted as saying, “I heard people mentioning my name to replace Abba Kyari but I take the story as an insult instead. I have once worked with the government in the 80s, worked with white men and also was once a Minister of the Federal republic. For someone to mention my name for that position is an insult especially for a man who served as a minister nearly 40 years ago and out of government.
“I should be employing people now, not trying to struggle for government appointments. At my level and age, people should first see if I am fit to serve and see if I am strong enough and if I am up-to-date with current realities of governance.
“Even if they approach the president with my name, he knows he cannot ask me to serve at this age. For God’s sake, you mean at my age, I should be waking up at 8am to go to work.Haba, I am way passed that lifestyle. It’s for people like you (referring to the BBC journalist) and other much younger persons. We should stop making caricatures of public offices simply because of the sake of getting appointments,” he said.