By Ismail Auwal
President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Sani Zorro, a journalist, politician, and former lawmaker as the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs and Strategy, Office of the First Lady.
The appointment was disclosed in a statement signed by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
According to the statement, the President has also approved the immediate redeployment of three of the political appointees in her office to the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, pending their assignment to some other government departments or agencies.
Those affected by the redeployment are: Dr. Mohammed Kamal Abdulrahman, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Health and Development Partners and Personal Physician to the First Lady; Hadi Uba, Special Assistant to the President on Administration and Wole Aboderin, Special Assistant to the President on Non-Governmental Organisations, NGOs.
Also approved with effect from 11th February is the disengagement of Zainab Kazeem, the Special Assistant to the President on Domestic and Social Events, Office of the First Lady.
Zorro, a famoust journalist, brings decades of expertise in media practice, publishing, and unionist leadership to the post.
He served as President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, the West African Journalists Association (WAJA), and the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) at various times.
He served in the House of Representatives, where he chaired the committee on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Refugees, and North East Initiatives.