ABUBAKAR, NIA DG, IS KATSINA-BORN, NOT CHADIAN ―PRESIDENCY
The Presidency has dismissed insinuation that the newly appointed Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar is a Chadian married to a Moroccan.
In a statement released on Sunday in Abuja by Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), it is noted that a lot of half-truths, misinformation, and outright falsehood have attended the announcement of Abubakar as the new DG NIA.
The Presidency denied that the new NIA boss had failed promotion examination three times as had been claimed in some quarters.
It stated: “Some of such unfounded stories include that Abubakar had retired from the services of NIA as an Assistant Director, because he failed promotion examinations twice, and had to quit, willy-nilly.
“Others claim he is married to a Moroccan, and so cannot hold such sensitive security position, while others say he was born and bred in Chad, and he holds dual nationality.
“All these have been widely disseminated on the social, and some mainstream media. With the formal assumption of office by Mr Abubakar, it is now necessary to set the facts straight.
“The new NIA DG retired from Foreign Service as Deputy Director (not Assistant Director) and 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.
“His last position before the new appointment was as Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs/International Affairs where again he quietly proved himself.
“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.
“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 the tale by moonlight, concocted by people who love a fib.
“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.”
President Muhammadu Buhari had appointed Abubakar to replace Ayo Oke who was sacked over the $43million cash linked to NIA and discovered at a flat on Osborne Road in Lagos.