President Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the redeployment of his Chief Security Officer, CSO, and accepted an immediate replacement.
Bashir Abubakar was Buhari’s CSO, until this week, when he was ordered to proceed on an immediate “strategic course”, at a University, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
He was promptly replaced by Idris Kassim Ahmed, top sources at the Presidential Villa revealed.
Whenever Ahmed is not in the Villa, he is to be assisted by another Department of State Security Services, DSS, Official, Abubakar Maikano.
Sources who are familiar with the development, said that the removal of Abubakar, was at the instance of the Director-General of the DSS, Yusuf Bichi.
“The DG wrote and informed Mr. President, of the plans by the Service to send the former CSO for further training at Argentina, and it appears that request was granted, because a replacement has already been named”, a source said.
Another source who asked not to be named because of the “sensitive nature of the matter”, said that those around the President, have never been happy with the way the former CSO operated.
The source disclosed that those around Buhari, did not like the “independent method of operation” of Abubakar.
“They may not have approached the President to complain officially, but most of them do by their body language, and they did so, because they know the President easily knows everything going on around him, even if he never showed it”, the source said.
It was gathered that Buhari’s Media Team, were not happy with the way Abubakar expelled the State House Correspondent of Punch Newspaper, Olalekan Adetayo, without recourse to the Media Team.
Abubakar thereafter, defended his decision to expel the Reporter, saying that, Journalists have a responsibility to be patriotic in reporting matters of national importance.