Buhari appoints Ahmed Abubakar substantive NIA boss

Buhari appoints Ahmed Abubakar substantive NIA boss
January 10 19:13 2018 Print This Article

By Ahmed Idris

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday approved the appointment of a substantive Director General for the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).

He is Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, a retired career Foreign Service officer, who until his appointment served as Senior Special Assistant to the President (SSAP) on Foreign Affairs/International Relations.

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

He 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 also fluent in English and Arabic.

The appointment takes immediate effect, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said in a statement in Abuja.