Like the plantain peel that comes to the water surface when eaten underneath a river, resolutions at meetings held behind closed-doors are coming to the limelight.

On Wednesday, January 10, a new appointment was made into President Muhammadu Buhari’s list of workers under him.

Ahmed Abubakar is the man of the moment. He has been appointed the substantive Chairman of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).

His appointment was announced hours after the Federal Executive Council meeting.

A statement by a spokesman for the President said the new spy chief had "extensive experience working with the UN 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.


“He briefly served as Senior Adviser at the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), with headquarters in Ndjamena, Chad, before his appointment as SSAP.

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

He is replacing Mr Ayodele Oke, who also has a great CV but with a remarkable difference.

Mr Oke was appointed by Goodluck Jonathan on November 7, 2013 and a statement from the presidency at the time he was appointed read: "Mr Oke is a career diplomat who was formerly at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London.

“Until his appointment as Director-General, he was the Director (Regions) at the Headquarters of the NIA”.

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However, there is a slight difference between the two of them.

While Mr Oke had worked with the NIA for some time and grew from the rank of a Director General in charge of the Regions to the position of a Director General, Mr Abubakar is coming in from outside the NIA.

Both of them have, however, served as Nigeria’s envoys outside the nation, but one critical issue that Nigerians are likely to raise is whether it is a case of a square peg in a round hole or not. 

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