Why Buhari Sacked Abdulrahman Mani As His CSO
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday sacked Abdulrahman Mani, as his chief security officer (CSO).
Although, no reason was given for his sack, insider sources according to Thecable said he was sacked over some “shady deals” and for “undermining” the president.
According to the online newspaper, Mani committed various misdemeanours, “chief among which was a recent discovery that he was actually the one who leaked Buhari’s itinerary to Diezani Alison-Madueke when he travelled to London in May”.
The rest of the report by TheCable reads:
Alison-Madueke, then minister of petroleum resources, had surprisingly travelled on the same British Airways flight with Buhari, sitting in the same cabin and right behind the then president-elect.
The former minister normally flew private jets in and outside the country and her presence on the flight was not considered a coincidence.
It was alleged that she wanted to curry the favour of Buhari following a series of allegations of corruption against her, although her aides denied the claim, maintaining that she was on a private trip for her son’s graduation.
“Investigations also revealed that Mani has been actively undermining the president, working against every value the president upholds and conducting himself in such a manner as to suggest that he is out to pull down the president,” the source said.
Mani was appointed Buhari’s CSO after the presidential election in March. Buhari also fired Widi Liman, his administrative officer, who was said to be hand-in-gloves with Mani in turning securing appointments with the president into a “business venture”.
Bashir Abubakar is the new CSO to the president while Mani has been redeployed to Ebonyi state.
Abubakar was until now an assistant director in the Bayelsa state command of the Department of State Service (DSS).
Liman, who is yet to be replaced, was a close aide to governor of Kaduna state, Nasir el-Rufai, while he was FCT minister. He has been transferred to Oyo state command of the DSS.