New NIA Boss, Ahmed Rufai Abubakar Is Not A Nigerian -Human Rights Activist, Adeniyi Alimi Insists

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A renowned human rights activist and Executive Chairman, Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ), Comrade Adeniyi, Alimi Sulaiman has insisted that the newly appointed Director –General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Mr. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, is not hailed from Nigeria but a Chadian by birth, described the defence put up by the Presidency to justify Abubakar’s appointment as ruse.

Comrade Sulaiman however, disclosed 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 the true picture of the security situation in Nigeria.

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, a few weeks ago, approved the appointment of Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, a retired career Foreign Service officer and Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Foreign Affairs/International Relations to replace the sacked National Intelligence Agency’s Director General, Ambassador Ayo Oke.

The former DG of the agency, Mr. Ayo Oke was sacked on 30TH of October, 2017, following the recommendation of the Vice President 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 form Kastina State, stating that Abubakar’s parents were from the Republic of Chad, explaining that Abubakar’s wife is from the Republic of Morroco, not Kastina state as being claimed by the

Sulaiman then called for the immediate removal of Mr. Abubakar as NIA Director- General, maintaining that the continued 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
a result of his non-Nigerian nature.

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