Boss Gidahyelda Mustpha

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF)

Boss Gidahyelda Mustpha is a Nigerian lawyer, businessman, management consultant, politician, and current Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF). He was previously Managing Director, Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority until his appointment as SGF by President Muhammad Buhari on 30 October 2017

Mustapha was born in the North Eastern Nigerian state of Adamawa.

He attended attended primary school in Hong, Adamawa and proceeded to North East College of Arts and Sciences in Maiduguri, Borno State for his high school education. He graduated in 1976. He attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he received Bachelor of Law (LL.B) in 1979. He proceeded to Nigeria Law School, Lagos for mandatory one-year law class and graduated in 1980. He was called to Nigerian bar in the same year. He did his one-year mandatory national service between 1980 and 1981.

Boss Mustapha started his legal practice in Messrs Onagoruwa & Co in Lagos as a Counsel in 1983. He had a stint at an Italian consultancy firm Sotesa Nigeria Limited earlier. In 1994 he established his own law practice firm Messrs Mustapha & Associates and served as its Principal Counsel until 2000. He later worked in another law firm Adriot Lex & Co. serving as Principal Consultant from 2000 to 2006.

Mustapha has been elected and appointed member of several boards of companies in the manufacturing, financial services and oil and gas sectors both in Nigeria and international scene. He is a member of several professional bodies including Commonwealth Lawyers Association, African Bar Association, International Bar Association and Human Rights Institute. He has been described by many media reports as a “boardroam guru”.