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The special Adviser to the President on media and publication, Dr. Reuben Abati, confirmed this development on a telephone yesterday but did not give details. The new NSA DAsuki is also a former Managing Director of security Printing & Minting Company Limited.
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However, the replacement for the defense Minister has not yet been announced. Azai's tenure as National Security Adviser, NSA was uneventful as the security situation in the country deteriorate significantly following the serial bombings, killings ad kidnapping by gang across the country.
The bombings and killings of over 1,000 Nigerians and foreigners, especially by members of Boko Haram Islamic sect and his open criticism of the zoning policy of the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP, further pitched him against powerful forces in and out of government.
Earlier yesterday, heads of security agencies led by the former NSA, General Azazi had briefed President Jonathan on his arrival from Brazil on the security situation in the country while he was away for a meeting of the United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development.
The meeting which held behind closed doors was meant to bring the President up to date with the security situation in the country.
A source at the meeting said that the president expressed displeasure with the handling of the challenges and gave his security apparatchik matching orders to get on top of the situation.
Minister of Police Affairs, Caleb Olubolade, who fielded questions from State House correspondents after the meeting, said it was usual for his security chiefs to brief him on such matters.
“He (Jonathan) particularly did not feel too well about the loss of lives. He said we need to do something proactive to stop it at all cost.
”It is a usual security meeting with the Commander in-Chief to look at things in a comprehensive manner and see how the security agencies are fairing. It was a useful discussion on certain areas where we had problems; how to tackle them and how the security agencies can be more effective and the role the populace has to play in assisting in the war against terror.
”We had to re-appraise the other measures we had been taking before now and look at how the populace can be carried along to get more information, so that peace can return to the land. We do not really have to kill Nigerians to sustain peace.
’’The President believes that we need to talk and do what is right to ensure that we calm the nerves and make sure that these incessant bombings are minimised. It is a source of worry to all”, he added.