Presidential Aide, Abubakar, Appointed NIA Chief

Muhammadu Buhari
By Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja 

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Ahmed Rufai Abubakar as the new Director General for the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).

Abubakar, a retired career foreign service officer, was before his new appointment, the Senior Special Assistant to the President (SSAP) on Foreign Affairs/International Relations.

Abubakar has extensive experience working with the United Nations in peace support operations, mediation process, preventive diplomacy and good offices, as well as the promotion of good governance and respect for the rule of law and human rights.

He also briefly served as Senior Adviser with the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), with headquarters in Ndjamena, Chad, before his appointment as SSAP.

Abubakar holds a B.A degree in French Language and Literature, and an M.A degree in Francophone Maghrebian Literature, both from Bayero University, Kano. He is also fluent in English and Arabic.

The appointment takes immediate effect, reported the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

The former DG of the intelligence agency, Ayo Oke was sacked last October, following a long drawn probe into the $43.5m found in an apartment in Lagos.

The money, which also included  £27,800 and some N23 million was linked to the NIA.

It was found in an empty flat at Osborne Towers in Ikoyi.

Oke, also a career ambassador, was appointed by former president Goodluck Jonathan in November 2013. He was initially suspended in April 2017 and let go in October.

  • PolicyAnalyst

    Can we focus on our roles and contributions in getting Nigeria to this situation ..and use that to reposition ourselves to do things differently come 2019. Let us focus on non-hyped profile the candidates not on their party affiliations may just be the way out of this mess we foist on ourselves.
    We can Identify good leaders and start to talk about such leaders enough for a political party to adopt them outside of the two dominant “impossible parties” we now talk about always.
    It should be about the character, and character of the candidates and less of the party or their fathers ..God or Ungodly .

  • Jon West

    The NIA Chief has a Moroccan wife. No other country on this Gods earth can appoint a man with a foreign wife as it’s head of Intelligence save Buharis Nigeria. I bet if he had an Igbo wife, it woul have disqualified him. To hell with Nigeria!!

  • Express Information Nigeria
  • James Gunn

    If Buhari appoints a southerner as a security chief, will he die?

    • Okwuchukwu David

      The southerner will reveal the secret of the heardsmem.

    • Ubong

      I salute Buhari for not caring about noise from other reguon regarding appointments and herdsmen killings. He is just executing why he said the blood of Nigerian will be soaked in blood for vultures to eat. He was waiting for opportunity and got it easily. I salute him that he is going according to those that put him where he is. President Buhari is not a baby. He is highly matured and know exactly what he is doing. We should stop fooling ourselves defending what is not defensible.

  • Ayo

    All the security chiefs are from which section of the country now

    • Abubakar Bello

      All the Economic Thiefs are from which Section of the Country?

      The North Can not be Blackmailed Again.

      The Last Time some one from your side of za KOUNTRY was made NIA thief (Sorry, Chief) He really was stocking Government dollars on your own side of za Country.

      I bet you are for Kontinuitee Ko?

      Wayo Man

      • Oforleta Chibuzor Vic

        You’ve absolutely made no sense.

      • super hero


      • Grelia O

        You need to work on your Aso Rock language. It’s za kwauntry. The other is kwantinuity.