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How Buhari Ignored Recommendations of Own Panel To Appoint His ‘Arabic Teacher’ Abubakar new NIA DG

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According to Premium Times, Nigeria’s leading online investigative news medium, President Muhammadu Buhari ignored the recommendation of his own panel to appoint the new Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency.

Daily Correspondents had earlier reported that the President appointed his former Arabic and French interpreter, Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, as the substantive Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, despite concerns over his alleged incompetence, Chadian citizenship issue and negation of federal character.

Buhari reportedly constituted the panel to “review operational, technical and administrative structure” of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), in appointing the NIA’s new director general.

The panel, which was made up of retired intelligence officers, was formed on November 8, 2017 in the aftermath of the scandal triggered by the discovery of $43 million stashed in a Lagos apartment.

Key in the many criteria listed is that the new DG should emerge “from the corps of serving directors”.

The panel also recommended that seniority among the directors “should be a criterion, but not a determining factor”.

The panel noted that those and other recommendations it made were intended to “stabilize the agency, restore staff morale and challenge their professionalism, improve operations and sound financial management.”

Mr. Buhari however observed these recommendations in the breach.

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