Friday, 29 June 2012

Nigeria: Jonathan shakes up security apparatus

Fresh from his controversial trip to Brazil for the UN Earth Summit, President Goodluck Jonathan has made some sweeping changes to his cabinet. Almost immediately upon his arrival, the President called for a meeting of the Security Council, where he announced the long-rumoured removal of Gen. Andrew Owoye Azazi (ret'd) as National Security Adviser (NSA) – a move that follows mounting concerns about Azazi's failure to get on top of the Boko Haram crisis in Northern Nigeria. Jonathan immediately announced Azazi's replacement as retired Col. Sambo Dasuki.

The president also announced the removal of Minister of Defence Haliru Mohammed Bello but is yet to name a replacement. Sources reveal that the President had considered appointing Azazi as Defence Minister, but is currently rethinking that option in the face of criticism of the presidency from Azazi's supporters.

Sambo Dasuki, who is a son of the deposed Sultan of Sokoto, Ibrahim Dasuki, was until his appointment as NSA a registered, card-carrying member of the opposition Congress for Progressive Change (CPC). In fact, Dasuki had also been a member of the CPC's Renewal Committee, which is spearheaded by former minister of the Federal Capital Territory Nasir El-Rufai.

Ibrahim Dasuki was deposed as Sultan during the administration of late military dictator Gen. Sani Abacha (1994-1998). His son, Sambo, has apparently been engaged in private business since he retired from the Nigerian army.

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