The presidency has reacted to criticisms about the appointment of the new Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, RAFIU ABUBAKAR.
There had been reports on social media which claim that Mr ABUBAKAR had retired from the services of the NIA as an Assistant Director, because he failed promotion examinations twice, and had to quit.
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.
But now, the presidency has described these claims as tales by moonlight, concocted by people who love a fib and can only exist in the fecund minds of fiction writers.
According to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr FEMI ADESINA, the new NIA DG retired from Foreign Service as Deputy Director and three times during his career, had won Merit Award for competence and meritorious service, as such, there was no time he failed any promotion examination.
The statement said 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.
It noted that Mr ABUBAKAR’s parents hailed from Katsina State, and had settled in Chad at a point in their lifetime where the new DG did his primary school, but returned to Nigeria for his secondary and University education, noting he never at any time held Chadian nationality.
The statement also claims that ABUBAKAR’s only wife hails from Katsina State, as such, the story of him being married to a Moroccan is falsehood.
According to Mr ADESINA, 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.