EXCLUSIVE: Buhari’s Chief Of Staff, Abba Kyari, DSS Boss Daura Lawal, 2 Others To Resign

By Ikenga Chronicles April 22, 2017

EXCLUSIVE: Buhari’s Chief Of Staff, Abba Kyari, DSS Boss Daura Lawal, 2 Others To Resign

At the wake of the suspension of Secretary of the Government to the Federation, SGF, Babachir Lawal, to facilitate unfettered investigations into his alleged infractions, pressures have continue to mount on some top aides of President Muhammadu Buhari to resign.

The suspensions have, according to a Presidency source, cast a cloak of apprehension among Buhari’s aides, a few of whom have issues of credibility dogging them.

“Even here at the Villa, the tension is palpable,” the source said, adding: “But they all know the man (President Buhari), if you’re not guilty of anything, then you should feel free.”

Across section of Nigerians are expecting Buhari to do something about some people in his administration to stabilize the polity.

“Herein lies the issue of tempering with the status quo for the sake of the rule of law and for the sake of political expediency,” a source said.

1. Chief Of Staff, Abba Kyari

At a time, the call on President Buhari to sack Abba Kyari, who was appointed the Chief of Staff to the president on August 27, 2015, was in the front burner of public discussions. The issue was however dwarfed by other pressing matters shortly after Buhari moved to London for medical treatment.

Kyari is seen as one of the most trusted allies of the president and one of the main figures in the presidency. Beside other issues, he came to limelight after it was alleged that he collected N500 million from telecoms giant MTN in order to help reduce their fine from N1.04 trillion to N330 billion for failing to disconnect unregistered subscribers.

It has been reported also that Buhari had ordered the Inspector General of Police, IGP, to probe the allegation, but the report has not been made public.

2. DG Of DSS, Lawal Musa Daura

The Director-General of the Department of State Services, DSS, Lawal Musa Daura, was appointed in July 2015 after the dismissal of the former DG, Ita Ekpeyong.
While Daura, a kinsman of Buhari is seen among ‘untouchables’, his alleged role in the rejection of Ibrahim Magu as the substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, by the Senate, reportedly did not go down well with Buhari.

There were reports that Daura was accused by the EFCC of “obstructing” some of its core activities, including asking the anti-graft agency to back down on some of its investigations involving some DSS operatives, influential politicians especially in the ruling APC and top officials of the presidency.
Daura is also reportedly under scrutiny for failing to be “diligent” on the controversial raid on some judges.

3. EFCC’s Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

While the Senate had rejected Magu twice as substantive chairman of the EFCC, the utterances of those close to Buhari, such as Vice President Yemi Osinbajo points to the fact that the presidency is still enamoured with the anti-corruption czar.
Most Nigerians and the international community are pleased with Magu and from all indications, they would not be happy if Buhari change him.

4. Custom Boss, Hameed Ali

Another fellow that Buhari would have to use many variables to decide his fate is the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Hameed Ali, a retired colonel. While no-one has cast doubts on Ali’s personal integrity, some are wary of his frugal lifestyle, which matches that Buhari.

However, with many presidential issues before the Senate, such as the confirmation of RECs, two ministers from Gombe and Kogi, the 2017 budget among others, Buhari would have to deploy conscience, what the law says, and political expediency to save the job of the Customs boss.

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