NIA DG: Presidency Faults Critics, Says Ahmed Abubakar Not A Chadian
Following controversy that emerged after the appointment of Ahmed Rufai Abubakar as the Director-General for the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), the Presidency has dismissed report that he holds a Chadian passport.
In a press statement signed by Femi Adeshina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, he explained that the new NIA boss retired from Foreign Service as Deputy Director, and not as an Assistant Director as claimed by some people.
It further mentioned that Rufai had won Merit Award for competence and meritorious service.
The statement reads in part:
“Mr. 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 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.