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Presidency responds to three allegations against the new NIA DG Abubakar

The new DG of NIA, Ahmed Rufai Abubakar


Presidency responds to three allegations against the new NIA DG Abubakar

The presidency on Sunday put out a statement seeking to correct what it described as the “half-truths, misinformation, and outright falsehood” that have attended the announcement of a new Director-General for the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), in the person of Mr Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.

The statement from the presidency was signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

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Allegation 1:

That Abubakar retired from the services of NIA as an Assistant Director, because he failed promotion examinations twice, and had to quit, willy-nilly.

Presidency Response:

  • “The new NIA DG retired from Foreign Service as Deputy Director (not Assistant Director).
  • “Three times during his career, had won Merit Award for competence and meritorious service. Failing promotion examination can only exist in the fecund minds of fiction writers.”

Allegation 2:

That he was born and bred in Chad and holds dual nationality.

Presidency Response:

  • “Abubakar’s parents hailed from Katsina State, and had settled in Chad at a point in their lifetime. The new DG did his primary school in Ndjamena (then Fort-Lamy), but returned to Nigeria for his secondary and University education. He never at any time held Chadian nationality.”

Allegation 3:

That he is married to a Moroccan and so cannot hold such sensitive security position.

Presidency Response:

  • “Mr Abubakar’s only wife hails from Katsina State, indeed, from the same community as the husband. The story of being married to a Moroccan can only be tale by moonlight, concocted by people who love a fib.”

On why Abubakar was appointed:

  • “The President appointed the new DG because he had worked closely with him in the past two years, and sincerely believes that he would add value to the NIA,” the statement said. Before his latest appointment, Abubakar was the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs/International Affairs.

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