By Kenneth Atavti

The new Secretary to the Government of the Federation , Mr . Boss Mustapha , yesterday said Nigerians expected so much from the present administration .

He said since they freely gave the administration their mandate having campaigned to them, government officials must ensure they did not disappoint Nigerians .

Mustapha , who was appointed on Monday as a replacement for Mr . Babachir Lawal , said these in an interview with State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa , Abuja.

He said , “ We went round and campaigned and sought for their ( Nigerians ’) mandate ; freely they gave us and it behoves on us charged with responsibilities to ensure that we do not disappoint them.

“ The expectations are great out there. You live with families and you know the expectations of families. You live in communities , you know the expectations of those communities . You live in geographical jurisdictions and you know the expectations of those people.

“ But we have come at a time when the resources are very very lean, in some cases not available but I believe with prudent management as being put in place by Mr . President , we will be able to navigate this very difficult terrain and at the end of the day , every Nigerian will have a smile on his face. ”

Mustapha said although the present administration was not promising Nigerians heaven on earth , it could move them from “the current state of squalour in which they were, to a state where there would be hope and expectations. ”

He said if there was hope that things would be better , Nigerians as understanding people would continue to give the government the kind of support that was required to push the nation ahead .

The new SGF said he would wait to take his oath of office before disclosing what Nigerians should expect from him .