‘New NIA Boss Is A Chadian By Birth’, Prominent Activist Insists

‘New NIA Boss Is A Chadian By Birth’, Prominent Activist Insists

By Aaron Abraham | Staff Reporter on January 29, 2018
Nigerian Wailers NLC Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari

Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman, a human rights activist and executive chairman, Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice, CHRSJ, has insisted that Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, the newly appointed director – general of the National Intelligence Agency is a Chadian by birth, describing the defense put up by the Buhari presidency as a “ruse meant to justify Abubakar’s appointment”.

Comrade Sulaiman in an electronic mail sent to The Trent on Monday, January 29, 2018 stated that the appointment of non-Nigerian into the sensitive security position in the land had caused security challenges in the past for the land because most of the current heads  of security agencies in the country, were misleading the President on true picture of the security situation in Nigeria.

Ahmed Abubakar , NIA
Ahmed Abubakar, DG of NIA

He strongly condemned the appointment of non-Nigerian into the sensitive intelligence security outfit of the country by President Muhammadu Buhari, noting that it was like recent appointment of dead
persons into the Federal Government Board of parastatals and agencies.

It would be recalled that President Buhari, few weeks ago, approved the appointment of Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, a retired career foreign service officer and senior special assistant to the president on Foreign Affairs/International Relations to replace the sacked National Intelligence Agency’s director-general, Ambassador Ayo Oke.

Ayo Oke, former DG of the agency was sacked on October 30, 2017, following the recommendation of the Yemi Osinbajo led investigative committee over $43.5m stashed cash found in an empty flat at Osborne Towers in Ikoyi, Lagos State.

Speaking on the issue through a statement made available to newsmen on Monday, Sulaiman who  rejected the Presidency’s claimed that the new NIA boss hailed from Katsina State, stating that Abubakar’s parents were from Republic of Chad, explaining that Abubakar’s wife is from Republic of Morocco not Katsina State as being claimed by the Presidency.

Sulaiman then called for the immediate removal of Mr. Abubakar as NIA director-general, maintaining that the continue stay in office of Ahmed would spell doom for the nation’s security sector, adding that the recent statement credited to Abubakar that the security agents should be monitoring the comments of Nigeria on the media, was as a result of his non-Nigerian nature.


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