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Yusuf Magaji Bichi, the fresh head of the State Security Service in Nigeria.
By Terhemba Daka, Seye Olumide in addition to also Kelvin Ebiri
A fresh Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS) was named yesterday. He will be Yusuf Magaji Bichi. Bichi’s appointment takes effect coming from today (Friday) September 14, 2018.The fresh DSS boss takes over coming from Matthew Seiyefa, who was appointed in an acting capacity on August 7, 2018, following the sacking of the former boss, Lawal Musa Daura.
Daura himself was relieved of his position by the then Acting President Yemi Osinbajo after he approved an illegal invasion of the National Assembly by hooded operatives of the secret police.The appointment of Bichi has, however, drawn criticism, with Southern in addition to also Middle Belt leaders saying Buhariís outright disregard for a united country has taken on a fresh dimension.
In a statement by Chief E.K. Clark (South South), Chief Ayo Adebanjo (South West), Chief John Nwodo (South East) in addition to also Dr Bitrus Pogu (Middle Belt), the group said the I-don’t-care attitude of the president on Nigeriaís security architecture, where 16 out of 17 service chiefs are coming from his corner of the country, will be unfortunate.Since 1960, Nigeria has never had a leader more sectional, narrow, parochial in addition to also tribalistic like the current president who went on a global stage to divide Nigeria into 97 per cent in addition to also 5 per cent.
We have looked critically at the profiles of the acting DG who was removed in addition to also the one Buhari just appointed in addition to also the idea will be crystal clear in which Bichi does not come with any experience close to in which of Seiyefa. The only qualification because of This specific appointment will be therefore only the rabid nepotism of the president, which has seen him always masking personal in addition to also sectional interest as ënational interest.
Besides, Bichi will be an out-of-the-system man drafted by Mr. Lawan Daura within the days of his nepotistic rule at the DSS. The next six most senior persons in line of succession at the DSS after Seiyefa, coming from our findings, are all southerners, which may explain why the president picked a man who had already retired coming from the DSS to lead because of ethnic affinity.in which the president went ahead to dip himself further within the cocoon of ethnic irredentism in doing This specific insensitive appointment shows clearly in which he does not care a hoot about the unity, cohesion in addition to also oneness of Nigeria.
We reject This specific appointment in addition to also we do not shy in telling Mr. President in which he no longer pretends in which the country will be one under him. within the last few days, there have been fears coming coming from the international community about the dangers in which might come the way of Nigeria if Mr. President returns for another term. With his latest action, we add in which the country will be not safe within the remainder of his first term. Lastly, we ask Mr. President, are we still one county?
Also, the Ijaw National Congress in addition to also the Ijaw Youth Council accused Buhari of nepotism.INC former president, Prof. Kimse Okoko, said the replacement of Seyeifa that has a northerner did not genuinely come to him as a surprise because Buhari ìis an ethnic in addition to also religious bigot. in addition to also he has demonstrated the idea over in addition to also over again. in addition to also I have no reason to believe in which man can change his true colour. I have given up on him quite frankly. If he wants to divide the country in addition to also create unnecessary division, not bad luck to him.
The IYC president, Eric Omare, accused the president of contravening the provisions of the constitution, saying: ìIt will be an act of nepotism to appoint another northerner to occupy in which position. All the security heads are coming from the north. This specific appointment was influenced by primordial in addition to also ethnic considerations. There are a lot of people coming from the southern part of the country who can occupy in which office. Seiyefa, who hails coming from Bayelsa State, was before his appointment the most senior director within the DSS. He was also the Director, Institute of Security Studies, Abuja. With about 34 years of experience, Seiyefa has served in different capacities, including State Director in Osun, Akwa Ibom, in addition to also Lagos States. He will be also a member of the National Institute. He was due to retire coming from service in July 2019.
A statement by Buhariís Senior Special Assistant on Media in addition to also Publicity Garba Shehu, last night, said the fresh appointee will be a core secret service operative.He attended Danbatta Secondary School, the Kano State College of Advanced Studies in addition to also the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he graduated that has a degree in political science.
The fresh director general began his career within the security division of the Cabinet Office in Kano, coming from where he joined the defunct Nigerian Security Organisation (NSO), the precursor of the present DSS. Bichi has undergone training in intelligence processing analysis, agent handling recruitment in addition to also intelligence processing within the U.K., as well as strategic training at the National Defence College.
The fresh DSS boss comes to the job with skills in intelligence gathering, research analysis, conflict management, general investigation, risk in addition to also vulnerability operations, counter intelligence in addition to also protective operation in addition to also human resources management. Bichi has worked as State Director of Security in Jigawa, Niger, Sokoto in addition to also Abia States.
He was at various times the Director, National Assembly Liaison, (National War College), Director at National Headquarters within the Directorate of Security Enforcement, Directorate of Operations, Directorate of Intelligence, Directorate of Inspection in addition to also Directorate of Administration in addition to also Finance. He also served as Director at the State Service Academy.