How President Buhari’s Friend ‘Dambazau’ Lost Out in NSA Race

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  1. THE CABLE has an exclusive on why Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, close friend and ally of President Muhammadu Buhari wasn’t appointed National Security Adviser.


    One man who was 99.99% certain of being appointed national security adviser (NSA) by President Muhammadu Buhari was Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau — until two weeks ago when his stock began to fall.

    Dambazau, who was removed as chief of army staff and then retired as a lieutenant general in 2010 by former President Goodluck Jonathan, was one person whose appointment was thought to be a mere formality. He was, in other words, the NSA-in-waiting and he was already behaving like one. But Buhari surprisingly appointed Babagana Monguno, a retired major general, as NSA in the much-awaited shake-up of his security cabinet on Monday.

    Presidential sources told TheCable that the case against Dambazau started building up a few weeks ago as Buhari began to finalise his list for the key security appointments. One of the sources said: “Buhari initially wanted Ibrahim Coomassie, former inspector general of police, as NSA, but so much argument was made about Coomassie’s age. He is just 69, but it seems those who made that argument carried the day.

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    SOURCE: Nigeria Bulletin