By Chesa Chesa
The Presidency has cleared the air on reports making the rounds in social and some main stream media that the new Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Mr. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, has dual citizenship of Chad and Nigeria, because he was allegedly born in the neighbouring country.
In a statement he issued on Sunday, presidential spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, where he clarified several allegations that Abubakar was not qualified to head the nation’s foremost spy agency, He said that Abubakar was born in Nigeria to Katsina State parents and married to a Katsina woman.
Adesina also debunked reports that the new NIA boss was forced to quit the agency earlier as a deputy director after failing promotion examinations two times.
According to him,” A lot of half-truths, misinformation, and outright falsehood have attended the announcement of a new Director-General for the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), in the person of Mr. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.
“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 a 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,” he said.
By Chesa Chesa