Former Senate President Anyim Pius Anyim has been appointed
Former Senate President Anyim Pius Anyim has been appointed as Secretary to the Government of
the Federation (SGF) in succession to the former SGF Mahmud Yayale Ahmed, who had occupied the
position since the late President Umaru Yar’adua appointed him to it in 2008. President Goodluck
Jonathan, who appointed Anyim to the top job last night, also retained retired General Owoeye
Andrew Azazi as the National Security Adviser (NAS).
This was the first set of appointments made by the President since his inauguration for a fresh four-
year term on Sunday. The appointments were announced in a statement signed by the Special
Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity) Ima Niboro.
It said, “President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has approved the appointment of Senator Anyim Pius
Anyim as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. He will be sworn-in on Tuesday, 31st
May, 2011 at the Executive Council Chambers at 12 noon. Also, President Jonathan has approved the
re-appointment of General O. A. Azazi as the National Security Adviser.”
Jonathan appointed Azazi as NSA on October 4, 2010 following the resignation of retired General
Aliyu Gusau in September, 2010.
Anyim was born on 19 February 1961 in Ishiagu, in Ivo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
He attended Ishiagu High School (St. John Bosco), the Federal School of Arts and Science, Aba and
later Imo State University, Uturu (1983–1987). For his youth Service, he served as the Co-ordinator,
Youth Mobilisation Programme in Sokoto State. In 1992, Anyim became the Head of Protection
Department at the National Commission for Refugees, Abuja, a job that included provision of legal
services and political protection for refugees.