DIVISION: How Nigerians Reacted To Appointment Of Bichi As New DSS Boss
President Muhammadu Buhari On Thursday made Mr Yusuf Bichi the new Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS).
The appointment was announced by the spokesman for President Buhari, Mr Garba Shehu, in a statement posted on Facebook.
In the post, Mr Shehu said Mr Bichi began his career in the security division of the Cabinet Office in Kano, from where he joined the defunct Nigerian Security Organisation (NSO), the precursor of the present DSS.
He has undergone training in intelligence processing analysis, agent handling recruitment and intelligence processing in the United Kingdom, as well as strategic training at the National Defence College.
After Bichi's appointment was shared, reactions began to pour in from Nigerians.
On Twitter, a former governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, said President Buhari proved a lot with the appointment.
"PMB has just appointed Yusuf Magaji Bichi as substantive DG SSS. Against the clamour to broaden the heads of our nations security framework, PMB has proven himself an irredeemable irredentist. SAD!!!," he wrote.
PMB has just appointed Yusuf Magaji Bichi as substantive DG SSS. Against the clamour to broaden the heads of our nations security framework, PMB has proven himself an irredeemable irredentist. SAD!!!— Donald Duke (@Donald_Duke) September 13, 2018
A former aide to Goodluck Jonathan when he was the President, Reno Omokri, said: "With the appointment of another Northerner, Yusuf Magaji Bichi to head the Department of State Services, the safest thing to bet on in Bet9ja is that President Buhari will always fill any sensitive national intelligence or security position with a Northerner".
With the appointment of another Northerner, Yusuf Magaji Bichi to heae the Dept of State Security, the safest thing to bet on in @Bet9jaOfficial is that President @MBuhari will always fill any sensitive national intelligence or security position with a Northerner #RenosDarts— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) September 13, 2018
On other social platforms, mixed reactions persisted, which has also shown how much Nigerians are divided along religious and ethnic lines.
Amidst these reactions, whether or not the new DSS boss was qualified for the job did not get mentions like his tribe did.
Some said the President needed to put his security and that of the nation in the hands of persons he could trust, while others lamented that the appointment of security chiefs had been too lopsided.
Few weeks ago, the residence of an Elder from in Niger Delta region was raided by the police and after the raid, agitations were triggered in the southern region of Nigeria, with youths adding the position of the DSS DG to one of their request.
That request was backed with a threat the "waters are not calm".
Young Nigerians on Facebook threw tantrums at each other over the appointment that will take effect on Friday.
Here are some of their comments.