President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday fired his National Security Adviser Retired General Patrick Owoeye Azazi and Defense Minister, Mohammed Bello Haliru., his spokesman said, as fears mounted over spiraling unrest in the north.
"The NSA has been dropped … The Minister of Defense has also been dropped," Jonathan spokesman Reuben Abati told AFP. He also approved the appointment of retired Col. Sambo Dasuki to replace General Andrew Owoye Azazi. Reuben Abati said the New Security Adviser would be Sambo Dasuki, a retired colonel, prominent northerner and cousin to the Sultan of Sokoto, Nigeria's highest Muslim spiritual figure. Retired Col. Sambo Dasukithe was one time Managing Director of the Nigeria Security and Minting Corporation during the era of late General Sani Abacha. Profile of Mohammed Sambo Dasuki
Mohammed Sambo Dasuki is a former Managing Director of Security Printing & Minting Company Limited; he attended the American Universities, Washington DC and George Washington University where he obtained a BA in International Relations and MA in Security Policy Studies respectively. He had his military training in several institutions in Nigeria and abroad including: Nigerian Army School of Artillery, Oklahoma, U.S Army Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth Kensas. There is no telling who is next on the line for the job.