From: Juliana Taiwo-Obolonye, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, as the substantive Director General for the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).
The appointment takes immediate effect.
Abubakar, a retired career Foreign Service officer, till his appointment served as Senior Special Assistant to the President (SSAP) on Foreign Affairs/International Relations.
He replaced Ayo Oke, who was sacked over the $43.4 million operations cash found by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at apartment 7B in Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos State, last year.
Special Adviser to the President 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.
He also 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 also fluent in English and Arabic.