President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday told incoming ministers that all requests for meetings with him should pass through his chief of staff, Mr Abba Kyari.
Mr Buhari said this in his closing remarks at a presidential retreat for ministers-designate in Abuja.
“In terms of coordination, kindly ensure that all submissions for my attention or meeting requests be channelled through Chief of Staff, while all Federal Executive Council matters be coordinated through Secretary to the Government of the Federation,” Buhari said.
Kyari has been criticised by some Nigerians including members of the ruling party, APC, for his influence over the president.
First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, is one of those who have complained about the powers Kyari wields in the presidency.
After Buhari’s re-election in February, some APC members protested against the re-appointment of Kyari, a longtime ally of the president.
The president, however, re-appointed him to the position.