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Nigeria: Sabiu Yusuf, President Buhari’s link to the outside world

By Nwokoye Mpi
Posted on Thursday, 11 February 2021 13:59

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari addresses the nation in Abuja
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari addresses the nation over the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Abuja, Nigeria April 27, 2020.

The Nigerian president's private secretary has risen from a lowly background to become one of the most powerful people in Nigeria, running Buhari's cabinet and amassing wealth.

In seven years, Sabiu Yusuf’s life took a giant leap.

From an unemployed young man seeking a job into the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) in 2014, Yusuf has risen to a position where he can influence the appointment of key people in the government including the Comptroller-General of Immigration.

As the personal assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari, Yusuf serves as one of the few communication gateways between the president and the outside world. In that role, he has been able to amass influence and personal wealth, according to sources in State House and local media reports.