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Buhari Appoints His Nephew Tunde Sabiu As NIA Director - Peoples Gazette by MASTAkiLLAh(m): 1:00pm On Feb 08
gazettengr: EXCLUSIVE: Buhari quietly appoints nephew Tunde Sabiu as NIA director

As his desperation to shield himself and associates from accountability grows, the president has been making appointments that alarm even people within his government.

President Muhammadu Buhari has quietly gifted his unqualified nephew the position of an assistant director at the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Peoples Gazette can confirm, typifying yet another exhibit of his sectional and corrupt determination to cram national security positions with his tribes and clans and leave an enduring influence long after serving out his tenure in 2023.

Sabiu “Tunde” Yusuf, a nephew and domestic but influential aide to Mr. Buhari, was recently admitted as an assistant director at the nation’s external intelligence outfit, the Gazette understands based on information first volunteered by two presidency officials before additional corroboration from an NIA chief.


Mr. Buhari inserted Mr. Yusuf into the NIA even as he lacked requisite field and administrative experience to handle the rigours of the crucial intelligence top job.

Mr. Buhari has declined to make the appointment public to avoid yet another round of public clamour over his bias for northern supremacy in public service. But officials familiar with it have now informed the Gazette and excoriated the president for being unable to recognise the benefits of inclusive national patronage.

‘Special skills’

The Gazette’s sources, who sought anonymity to discuss matters of national security, said Mr. Yusuf, said to be in his mid-30s, has not been regular on the job because of his primary duties at the State House.

“It is whenever he desires that he will be at work,” one of our sources said. “The claim is now that he is on secondment at the Presidential Villa but his career work is now at the NIA.”

“The reason he was granted an office that should take at least 16 years of career buildup is that the president wanted him to be in charge of NIA before he leaves office,” another source said.

Presidency sources said Mr. Yusuf was sent to the NIA on the back of his “special skills” that Mr. Buhari said would “be useful” to the organisation.

But the move has now triggered squabbles within the NIA, with officials saying it would affect the knowledge base of future intakes.

“The NIA is where you are recruited from the bottom, made to undergo important training and then grow through the ranks,” the official said. “Bringing someone like this is not good for the system.”

“How can you bring a novice to this office when he has no capacity to train others that will be recruited into service from now on?” NIA official said. “This is just a way of further destroying the system by this president.”

Presidential spokespeople did not return multiple requests seeking comments from the Gazette about Mr. Yusuf’s appointment. NIA director-general Ahmed Abubakar did not return a text message seeking comments.

‘Recharge cards expert’

Mr. Yusuf, a dreaded confidant of Mr. Buhari’s, has recently been reported as one the richest Nigerians alive, after his stash of unexplained billions became a matter of envy even for Governor Godwin Emefiele.

Those who know him said Mr. Yusuf does not speak Yoruba, with one person saying his middle name, Tunde, was only because he was named after Tunde Idiagbon, a departed army officer who served as deputy to Mr. Buhari’s dreaded junta of 1983-85.

Having undergone his tertiary education at Bayero University Kano, as well as basic computer training at a public institute in Jigawa, Mr. Yusuf who carries out functions as President Buhari’s private secretary has no known corporate experience.

The presidential aide, son of Mr. Buhari’s niece Hajia Halima who passed away in 2018, was famous for selling call cards in his hometown Kaduna before being ferried to the State House in 2015.

“He was a recharge cards expert if you want to know about his occupational background,” a presidency official said. “But he has now found himself in stupendous wealth as a top access merchant in the presidency.”

Chiselled into the camp of President Buhari’s late chief of staff, Abba Kyari, Mr. Yusuf, an erstwhile commoner has continued to exert influence in the seat of power, handling sensitive State House files, sources said.

It was Mr. Yusuf who passed along the humiliating 2019 memo (PDF) from Mr. Buhari to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo. He connived with Mr. Kyari to manipulate the president into sacking his vice-president from managing the conflict between farmers and herders just in time for the award of N12 billion ruga construction contract, Premium Times reported.

Mr. Yusuf shot into national infamy in mid-2020 after reportedly shunning calls by First Lady Aisha Buhari to self-isolate upon his return from a trip to Lagos — at the time the epicentre of the raging coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria. His trip on presidential jet had flagrantly violated Mr. Buhari’s ban on interstate travel at the time.

Mr. Yusuf was said to have reportedly influenced the arrest of Mrs. Buhari’s security aides, following an altercation that had ensued as a result of his repeated non-compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols.

Bucking pitfall

A presidency source told the Gazette that Mr. Buhari has become increasingly desperate to shield not just himself but his closest associates from criminal charges being compiled against them by political opposition and civic groups. Mr. Buhari’s administration has been accused of covering up unbridled corruption and grievous rights abuses, including extra-judicial executions of innocent citizens.

Mr. Buhari, sources said, recognised the importance of protecting his inner circles even beyond his stay in power, especially because he went after his predecessor Goodluck Jonathan for corruption cases involving him and his aides.

“Unlike Goodluck Jonathan who did not protect his officials from being hounded when they left power in 2015, President Buhari is committed to ensuring that his people are in good shape either in or out of government to withstand being held accountable by the next administration,” our presidency source said.

Chief of staff Ibrahim Gambari is said to be behind the plot to innoculate Mr. Buhari’s henchpeople from being held to account.

“He has assured the president that he has everything covered and he has been implementing it well in recent weeks,” our source said of Mr. Gambari, whose years as a top UN diplomat earned him respect amongst Nigerians.

Last week, Mr. Buhari, in a similarly controversial context as Mr. Yusuf’s, appointed Tukur Buratai as an ambassador to shield him from being hauled to the Hague to answer ICC charges for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Brazen nepotism

President Buhari has continually denied allegations of being sectional, even in the face of glaring evidence of his inglorious allocation of federal appointments.

Last September, the Gazette reported how the State Security Service under the Buhari regime covertly conducted uneven recruitment, reserving 535 slots to candidates from northern Nigeria; while admitting only 95 southern candidates.

Between 2017 to date, Mr. Buhari has overseen the ouster of prominent southern elites as chief justice of Nigeria, director-general of the State Security Service, registrar-general of the Corporate Affairs Commission and chairperson of the National Pension Commission — ceding their positions to the North.

The Gazette also exposed Mr. Buhari’s secret plot to scheme out the only qualified police officer of Southern extraction to pave way for another northerner to emerge as inspector-general of police.

Last week, Mr. Buhari confirmed the Gazette story when he controversially asked Mr. Adamu to remain in office for another three months because he was reluctant to name Moses Jitoboh, an AIG from Bayelsa, to the top law enforcement position.

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Re: Buhari Appoints His Nephew Tunde Sabiu As NIA Director - Peoples Gazette by Duru9(m): 1:03pm On Feb 08
The almighty recharge card seller

A lot have been said about this Sabiu
Report has it that he has almost acquire a whole street in KD
He is the leader of the cabal's
He dictate what happens in villa

Small boy oooo

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Re: Buhari Appoints His Nephew Tunde Sabiu As NIA Director - Peoples Gazette by andyblinks: 1:03pm On Feb 08
forget that plot, is just merely garbage.... do you expect him to make a broadcast for the appointment??





any appointment will be modify like nairaland space bookers as soon as his tenure is over by 2023








iam MASTER Blink's

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Re: Buhari Appoints His Nephew Tunde Sabiu As NIA Director - Peoples Gazette by MASTAkiLLAh(m): 1:07pm On Feb 08
andyblinks:
forget that plot, is just merely garbage.... do you expect him to make a broadcast for the appointment??





any appointment will be modify like nairaland space bookers as soon as his tenure is over by 2023








iam MASTER Blink's
by then, the damage would have been done

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Re: Buhari Appoints His Nephew Tunde Sabiu As NIA Director - Peoples Gazette by Tolexander: 1:07pm On Feb 08
https://www.gazettengr.com/exclusive-buhari-quietly-appoints-nephew-tunde-sabiu-as-nia-director/?utm_source=ReviveOldPost&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=ReviveOldPost
Wao our Gazette is back

Yet they keep on singing “PDP 16years rule” like birds. This administration is the most corrupt we’ve ever had

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Re: Buhari Appoints His Nephew Tunde Sabiu As NIA Director - Peoples Gazette by MASTAkiLLAh(m): 1:07pm On Feb 08
Duru9:
The almighty recharge card seller
he's my menthol now o cry

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Re: Buhari Appoints His Nephew Tunde Sabiu As NIA Director - Peoples Gazette by blackboy(m): 1:09pm On Feb 08
This news has been around Abuja since about 3 weeks now. Wetin be all this long story. Yusuf or Tunde his name is called wont be the first nor the last.
The chap will be enjoying correct NIA salary post 2023 .
Abeg make they remember me too.
This is how Nigeria works. Let's stop being hypocrites.

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Re: Buhari Appoints His Nephew Tunde Sabiu As NIA Director - Peoples Gazette by Elsanchez: 1:10pm On Feb 08
Some he-goats will still defend this

Over to the Zone-Bs

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Re: Buhari Appoints His Nephew Tunde Sabiu As NIA Director - Peoples Gazette by festacman(m): 1:13pm On Feb 08
The truth is that being appointed even the DG of NIA can NEVER give Sabiu Tunde Yusuf any immunity from investigation, arrest and prosecution if there are enough evidence to do that once President Buhari leaves office in 2023. Even governors who actually enjoyed immunity while in office and retain immense connections out of office still face investigation and prosecution by EFCC.

In the same way, being appointed ambassador can NEVER give Gen Buratai any kind of immunity from investigation, arrest and prosecution by ICC or local court. Once a warrant of arrest is issued by ICC, the accuser becomes a fugitive until he shows up or arrested. Recall President Kenyatta once showed up at ICC to defend himself in order to retain global legitimacy.

However, it is important to state that intervention by one the superpowers like US, Russia or China can save Buratai.

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Re: Buhari Appoints His Nephew Tunde Sabiu As NIA Director - Peoples Gazette by MASTAkiLLAh(m): 1:18pm On Feb 08
Naijeriya we hail thee grin

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Re: Buhari Appoints His Nephew Tunde Sabiu As NIA Director - Peoples Gazette by BF69BF(f): 1:27pm On Feb 08
Check very well, both the appointed and the appointtee dey the same WhatsApp group for lack of sense.

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Re: Buhari Appoints His Nephew Tunde Sabiu As NIA Director - Peoples Gazette by Harmlesspill(m): 1:27pm On Feb 08
Hello pipuuuuuuuu!
We are still going.....
Re: Buhari Appoints His Nephew Tunde Sabiu As NIA Director - Peoples Gazette by EmeraldKing7(m): 1:27pm On Feb 08
Yo lo lo lo lo

This country na wa oh!

Nepotism and favouritism doh finish us

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Re: Buhari Appoints His Nephew Tunde Sabiu As NIA Director - Peoples Gazette by Racoon(m): 1:27pm On Feb 08
Nothing new-Buhari's bigotry, clannishness, nepotism ethnoreligoius supremacist agenda and parochial sentiments are never hidden.

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Re: Buhari Appoints His Nephew Tunde Sabiu As NIA Director - Peoples Gazette by englishmart(m): 1:28pm On Feb 08
The vegetable president

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Re: Buhari Appoints His Nephew Tunde Sabiu As NIA Director - Peoples Gazette by Jerryherd: 1:28pm On Feb 08
cool




Buhari knows his men are guilty hence trying hard to hide them from prosecution, From Service Chief getting Diplomatic Appointment which protects them from prosecution, to His Personal Assistant getting National Intelligence Agency job similar to CIA and KGB

NIA agent are posted abroad... Tunde is already bastardly rich and influential as a Cabal, now he gets a juicy retirement as an NIA agent posted to his country of choice


festacman:
The truth is that being appointed even the DG of NIA can NEVER give Sabiu Tunde Yusuf any immunity from investigation, arrest and prosecution if there are enough evidence to do that once President Buhari leaves office in 2023.


You are very wrong, Diplomatic passport confers immuinity on the bearer, in this case Tunde gets a Blue passport as a NIA agent, Retired Service Chief gets Blue passport as ambassador

Why did you think UK, US and Nigeria couldn't prosecute Diezena Madueke?! Because she has a Dominican Diplomatic Passport signed by their President

Why do you think Obaseki was not arrested by Interpol in Paris for Money laundering?! Because he had the blue passport

Why did you think Wiki leaks boss couldn't be extradited or prosecuted in US or Turkish Journalist Murderers and Saudi crown prince not prosecuted


.

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Re: Buhari Appoints His Nephew Tunde Sabiu As NIA Director - Peoples Gazette by HeadShot: 1:28pm On Feb 08
Good punish all those who voted Buhari


May fulani herdsmen visit their house hold

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Re: Buhari Appoints His Nephew Tunde Sabiu As NIA Director - Peoples Gazette by pascalbenz: 1:28pm On Feb 08
grin mr intergrity
Re: Buhari Appoints His Nephew Tunde Sabiu As NIA Director - Peoples Gazette by blinking001(m): 1:28pm On Feb 08
So far as he's qualified no problem..

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Re: Buhari Appoints His Nephew Tunde Sabiu As NIA Director - Peoples Gazette by petrick10(m): 1:28pm On Feb 08
Hmm we never see anything yet
Re: Buhari Appoints His Nephew Tunde Sabiu As NIA Director - Peoples Gazette by gurunlocker: 1:28pm On Feb 08
A better Nepotism?


Still, some will defend this man. grin grin

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Re: Buhari Appoints His Nephew Tunde Sabiu As NIA Director - Peoples Gazette by Frankyboy1(m): 1:28pm On Feb 08
Ok
Re: Buhari Appoints His Nephew Tunde Sabiu As NIA Director - Peoples Gazette by specialmati(m): 1:29pm On Feb 08
grin grin grin grin grin grin my people my people 2023 still far oooh

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Re: Buhari Appoints His Nephew Tunde Sabiu As NIA Director - Peoples Gazette by Derbydebra(f): 1:29pm On Feb 08
Please, who knows how to buy stocks on Netflix, Tesla,Disney etc.... Thank you

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Re: Buhari Appoints His Nephew Tunde Sabiu As NIA Director - Peoples Gazette by BigSarah(f): 1:29pm On Feb 08
Who again he go appoint? Sunday igboho or Nnamdi kanu? Abi Asari dokunbo?

Baba is over-predictable.

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Re: Buhari Appoints His Nephew Tunde Sabiu As NIA Director - Peoples Gazette by Omezif(m): 1:29pm On Feb 08
What we are seeing in this buhari administration is exactly what can happen if a nepotistic president is ruling a country.
buhari should desist from the nepotistic act of ruling because it's quite infuriating.

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Re: Buhari Appoints His Nephew Tunde Sabiu As NIA Director - Peoples Gazette by NoFap123: 1:29pm On Feb 08
I will be a liar if I say I am surprised.

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Re: Buhari Appoints His Nephew Tunde Sabiu As NIA Director - Peoples Gazette by TOPCRUISE(m): 1:29pm On Feb 08
According to Nigerians;
Nepotism is when President Buhari is giving appointments to his relatives and circle of friends and not his enemies.
Abuse of power is when President Buhari is giving appointments to APC members and not PDP members.
Favouritism is when President Buhari gives attention to one ethnic group and ignore others

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Re: Buhari Appoints His Nephew Tunde Sabiu As NIA Director - Peoples Gazette by zieraw2005(m): 1:29pm On Feb 08
Paddy paddy work. Where is African China song oo

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Re: Buhari Appoints His Nephew Tunde Sabiu As NIA Director - Peoples Gazette by adesegun121(m): 1:30pm On Feb 08
Ok
Re: Buhari Appoints His Nephew Tunde Sabiu As NIA Director - Peoples Gazette by andyblinks: 1:30pm On Feb 08
MASTAkiLLAh:
by then, the damage would have been done
which damages?? his time will be over soon

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