An Elder Statesman, Alhaji Ismaila Isa Funtua, has distanced himself from rumours making the round that he was interested in becoming the next Chief of Staff, CoS, to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Isa, who is a Second Republic Minister, said he was not interested in the post and advised those peddling the news to look elsewhere.
When asked for his reaction to reports tipping him for the CoS post, the former President of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria, NPAN, laughed it off, saying: ”I am an employer of labour and, therefore, unemployable.
Isa Funtua Distances Self From Eyeing Chief Of Staff Post
”I was a minister in 1983. What position will I be interested in now? I am embarrassed that a national newspaper could display such level of ignorance by connecting me with the Chief of Staff job.”
Alhaji Funtua, was the Administrative Officer, Katsina Native Authority, for seven years, Minister of Water Resources in the defunct Second Republic and a member of the 1994-1995 Constitutional Conference.
Also, he is the founder of Bullet International Nigeria Limited (the largest wholly-owned indigenous construction company), which built most of the iconic public buildings in Abuja.
Earlier, a national newspaper yesterday tipped him as one of those under consideration for the post of Chief of Staff to succeed late Abba Kyari, who died of COVID-19 and was buried last Saturday.