President Bola Tinubu has appointed former presidential candidate of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) and popular public speaker, Mr. Fela Durotoye, along with four others, as aides.
The others are: Mrs. Linda Nwabuwa Akhigbe, Mr. Fredrick Nwabufo, Mr. Aliyu Audu, and Mr. Francis Adah Abah.
A statement yesterday in Abuja by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Ajuri Ngelale, said the new appointees will serve under the Media and Publicity Directorate in the Office of the President.
Durotoye will serve as the SSA to the President on National Values and Social Justice; Akhigbe, who has been designated SSA to the President on Strategic Communications, has been seconded to the Office of the President of the ECOWAS to serve as the Communications Adviser to the President.
“President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of the following men and women to serve in the Office of the President under the Media and Publicity Directorate with full respect for the tenets of Nigeria’s federal character principle and the supremacy of merit:
“Mr. Fela Durotoye (Senior Special Assistant to the President — National Values and Social Justice); Mr. Fredrick Nwabufo (Senior Special Assistant to the President — Public Engagement); Mrs. Linda Nwabuwa Akhigbe (Senior Special Assistant to the President — Strategic Communications); Mr. Aliyu Audu (Special Assistant to the President — Public Affairs); and Mr. Francis Adah Abah (Personal Assistant to the President — Special Duties).
“President Tinubu has further approved the secondment of Mrs. Linda Nwabuwa Akhigbe to serve as the Communications Adviser to the President of the ECOWAS Commission.
“The President tasks all new appointees, who are serving in the Media and Publicity Directorate, to uphold the highest standards of decorum and decency in their engagements with all members of the public as they advance the President’s determined bid to renew the hope of Nigerians in a restructured economy and unified society that caters sufficiently to the needs of all, regardless of any differences,” the statement said.
Until her new appointment, Mrs. Akhigbe was a staff member of Channels Television.
Nwabufo is identified as a journalists and communications specialist; Audu is a chieftain of the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) and served as Chairman of one of the ruling party’s pressure groups, the APC Rebirth.