By Levinus Nwabughiogu
ABUJA—The bid to enforce the principle of federal character may have informed why President Muhammadu Buhari relieved the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mr. Danladi Kifasi, of his appointment barely two months to the expiration of his tenure.
However, reacting to the development, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said Kifasi was on terminal leave.
“The Head of Service is due for retirement in December and so he is proceeding on his terminal leave,” he said.
A letter from the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir Lawal, was said to have conveyed the notice to the Head of Service yesterday.
Though no reason was specifically given, a source within the Presidency said Kifasi was asked to proceed on terminal leave to ensure adherence to the Federal Character Principles as enshrined in the Constitution.
It was learned that the continued stay in office of Kifasi, who hails from Taraba State, alongside the SGF, Lawal, who is from Adamawa State in the same North-East, would run at variance with the spirit and letters of the constitution.
It was also argued that an existing face-off between the Head of Service and some permanent secretaries was another reason for his sack.
It was also gathered that the Presidency was already considering three permanent secretaries from the southern part of the country as his possible replacement.
Kifasi, who had been at different times a Permanent Secretary in the ministries of Finance and Petroleum Resources, was appointed as the Head of Civil Service of the Federation on August 13, 2014 by former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.
He replaced Bukar Goni Aji, who attained the manda-tory 60 years retirement age.