Is Boss Mustapha the new face of a “blanketed President and his Vice”? Nigerians lash out on social media asking very vital questions. “The job of a secretary is normally to ensure meetings are effectively organized and minutes taken. I don't understand Boss Mustapha’s kind of secretary or is he the new Boss like his name implies?”
Lately he is the one Nigerians are looking up to and expecting to hear from. He is the one who would address them almost on daily basis or at least every other day to give them a glimpse into the mind of his shadowy boss who is rarely heard and even rarer to see (except for sneaky announcements of his usual lopsided appointments in the media). He is the one who has been demonstrating leadership in the country especially since the outbreak of the corona virus pandemic, call it delegated leadership – it fits him perfectly nonetheless. After all, it is said that in the absence of leadership, any leadership would do just fine.
Of recent, the hashtags: “#Where is Osinbajo?” and “#AsoRock is Empty” trended vehemently across the social media and are perhaps still trending. However, the latest to join the trends was the hashtag – #Boss Mustapha.
It would be recalled that at the onset of the corona virus pandemic in Nigeria even before the country recorded its index case, Nigerians has clamoured for leadership like they saw in other countries in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic to no avail. It wasn’t until after much agitations and persuasions that President Muhammadu Buhari, on March 9, 2020, eventually oblige the nation with a televised address over the corona virus pandemic only to once more recuse himself of his leadership responsibility (of course on grounds of incapacity) by setting up a Presidential Task Force (PTD) on COVID 19 and of course saddling the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha with the responsibility of providing that much needed leadership in a pandemic situation by appointing him to chair the task force.
The SSG, would among other things from then on take charge of coordinating and overseeing the country’s multi-sectoral inter-governmental efforts to contain the spread and mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 crises in Nigeria while he (President Buhari) safely or perhaps cowardly isolates himself with his family obviously for fear of the no-nonsense virus especially given the fact that his very own Chief of Staff and confidante in whom he was overly dependent has about the time just caught the virus or should I say was caught by the deadly virus from which he (Abba Kyari) later died. Since then, the new boss, Boss Mustapha has obviously been doing a great job providing leadership and making all the mistakes to be made by talking to Nigerians on the state of the COVID 19 pandemic in the country so far.