Meet the New Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha

Below are a few things you need to know about Boss Mustapha who hails from Hong Local Government Area in Adamawa State, and who until his appointment as Secretary to the Government of the Federation to replace indicted Babachair Lawal, was the Managing Director of National Inland Water Ways Authority (NIWA).

Boss Mustapha was born in Adamawa State, Northeast Nigeria. He attended Hong Secondary School and North-east College of Arts and Sciences, Maiduguri Borno State, where he obtained his WASC and HSC in 1976.

Mustapha obtained his Bachelor of Law (LL.B) degree from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria in 1979 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1980.

He did the compulsory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) at the Directorate of Legal Services at the Army headquarters and was in charge of review of court martial proceedings from 1980 to 1981.

Shortly after his NYSC program, Mustapha joined Sotesa Nigeria Limited, an Italian consultancy firm, as an Executive Director in charge of Administration, leaving in 1983 to join the prestigious law firm of Messrs Onagoruwa & Co. in Lagos.

With an active legal practice in full swing, Mustapha was appointed Principal Counsel in the firm of Messrs Mustapha & Associates.

His legal interests and expertise cut across privatisation, commercialisation and liberalisation of public companies/corporate and government parastatals.
He has also been involved in commercial law transactions ranging from debentures, guarantees, mortgages, bonds and loan syndications.

He was appointment as a member of Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the defunct Petroleum (Special) Trust Fund (PTF), serving meritoriously from 2000 to 2007. At the PTF, he was responsible for production of an up-to-date comprehensive project and programme report, including location, coverage and whether performed, performing or abandoned projects and the production of the final report of assets and liabilities, examination of the administrative structure and cost effectiveness of PTF projects and services, among other duties.

Mustapha also served meritoriously at the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), serving as Social Secretary and Chairman of the Yola branch.

After a brief staty at PTF in 2007, Mustapha was appointed Principal Partner of the law firm, Adroit Lex. His law practice and the burning desire to serve the larger society conspired to attract the SGF into politics.

At various times, he was a member of the Constituent Assembly (1988-1989); Chairman Peoples Solidarity Party, Gongola State (1989-1990); state Chairman of the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP), Gongola State (1990-1991); and was a gubernatorial candidate of the SDP in Adamawa State in 1991.

Mustapha was also the Deputy National Chairman of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) from 2010 to 2013. In 2007, he again played a prominent role, serving as the Deputy Director-General of the party’s Presidential Campaign Organisation.

He was a member of NCC and Secretary APC Presidential Campaign Organisation Mobilisation (2015) and member of the APC Transition Committee (2015). He is also a member of the APC Board of Trustees.

Boss Mustapha is a member of various professional bodies including the African Bar Association (ABA), Commonwealth Lawyers Association, International Bar Association (IBA) and Human Rights Institute (HRI).