The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) in a statement on Sunday in Lagos, has urged president-elect Bola Tinubu to appoint Faleke, the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Finance, as his Chief of Staff when inaugurated on May 29.
The statement reads partly: “As stakeholders and keen watchers of the ongoing wrap-up of civilian-to-civilian transition, we feel it is not just important but very necessary to state our position on the national conversation, regarding the best man for the office of the next Chief of Staff.
“Nigeria has had serious challenges caused by the communication gap between the President, ministers, and even state governors.
“Hon. James Faleke is a very loyal Tinubu supporter and associate who has proved to be reliable as ambassador to president-elect any day.
“This is an opportunity for the President-elect to get someone with good skills in managing the relationship between the President, officials of government, and the rest of Nigerians,” Shettima said.
He described Faleke as a highly-experienced lawmaker with the requisite skills to build a very cordial relationships between the Executive and Legislative arms of government in the new dispensation.
“We urge President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu to make sure he makes an informed choice of his Chief of Staff with loyal, proactive progressive and hale and hearty parliamentarian like Hon. James Faleke,” the youth leader said.
Shettima congratulated all Nigerians, especially the Christians on the 2023 Easter celebration.
According to him, Faleke represents the new generation of the Nigerian political class, politically savvy and intellectually vibrant.
“We are in a new, ideas-driven world and Nigeria’s Presidency, therefore, needs a Chief of Staff in tune with the modern system of democratic governance.
“We expect that by now, President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu is fully aware of the consequences of our past mistakes of choice on Chiefs of Staff and won’t allow a repeat of the inglorious past.