Buhari Appoints Abubakar Substantive NIA DG

Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, the new NIA DG © Lauretta Onochie.

AHMED Rufai Abubakar, has been appointed the substantive Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).

President Muhammadu Buhari made the appointment.

Before his new portfolio, Abubakar was the Senior Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs/International Relations to the president, he is also a retired career Foreign Service officer.

Abubakar whose appointment takes immediate effect, replaces Ambassador Ayo Oke, who was sacked over the $43.4 million found by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in an apartment 7B in Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos, last year.

Buhari- Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said Abubakar had extensive experience working with the United Nations in peace support operations, mediation process, preventive diplomacy and good offices, as well as the promotion of good governance and respect for the rule of law and human rights.

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He also briefly served as senior adviser at the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), with headquarters in Ndjamena, Chad, before his last appointment.

Abubakar holds a B.A degree in French Language and Literature, and M.A degree in Francophone Maghrebian Literature, both from Bayero University, Kano.

He is also fluent in English and Arabic.