President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday made public the names of his aides, with his chief of staff Mr. Mike Oghiadomhe retained and Mr. Oronto Douglas and Hon. Kingsley Kuku returned as special advisers to the president on research/strategy and Niger Delta affairs respectively.

The Special Advisers would be sworn-in on Thursday, 7th July, 2011 by 2.00pm at the Council Chambers, Presidential Villa.

Chairman, editorial board of The Guardian Newspapers, Dr. Reuben Abati, is the new special adviser to the president on media and publicity, while the only female presidential candidate in the 2011 general elections, Mrs. Sarah Jibril has been appointed special adviser to the president on ethics and value.

Eng. Mohammed Kachalla Abubakar, deputy chief of staff;
Ambassador Hassan Tukur, princicipal secretary to the president;
Prof. Abubakar Sambo, special adviser to the president on energy;
Senator Joy Emordi, special adviser to the president on National Assembly matters;
Mrs. Sarah Akuben Pane, special adviser to the president on social development;
Dr. Tunji Olagunju, special adviser to the president on NEPAD.

Dr. Pius Olakunle Osunyikanmi, special adviser to the president on international relations;
Prof Dan Adebiyi, special adviser to the president on special duties;
Mrs. Asma'u Abdulkadir, special adviser to the president on gender issues; Nze Sullivan Nwakpo, special adviser to the president on technical matters; Yakubu Abdullahi, special adviser to the president on political matters (office of the vice-president);
Barr. Bashir Sufyan, special adviser to the president on legal matters (office of the vice-president);
Senator Isaiah Ballat, special adviser to the president for special duties (office of the vice- president).

A statement signed by the secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senato Anyim Pius Anyim to this effect reads: "The president, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR has approved the appointment of Principal Aides to assist him in discharging his constitutional obligations to the nation.

The 18 presidential aides will be sworn in today at the council chambers in the presidential villa.