President Jonathan fires General Azazi, Sambo Dasuki is new NSA

General Patrick Owoeye Azazi has been dropped as National Security Adviser, a tweet from presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati announced Friday evening,in what appears to be a radical shake up of the national security corridor which also involved the removal of the minister of defence, Mr. Bello Haliru Mohammed

Mr. Azazi, a one-time Chief of Army Staff, and later Chief of Defence Staff, is believed to have run one of the most scandalous national security programmes in recent memories characterized by the failing war against terror. The Azazi legacy also comes against the background of expanding security budget numbers that hardly addressed the core problems of national security like the deadly religious and ethno-national conflicts as well as unprecedented incidence of oil theft. For these reasons, Mr. Azazi has been loudly criticized by many Nigerians, including Christian clerics, and a broad national consensus, as an inept security leader in the wake of severe existential crisis facing the nation, particularly the unending bomb attacks by the violent Islamist sect, Boko Haram.

To replace Mr. Azazi, according to the president’s chief spokesman, Mr. Abati, is Mr. Sambo Dasuki, a retired armoured colonel and one-time ADC of General Ibrahim Babagida. Mr. Dasuki has a BA in International Relations from the American Universities, Washington DC, and a MA in Security Policy Studies from the George Washington University. He had his military training in several institutions in Nigeria and abroad including the Nigerian Army School of Artillery, Oklahoma, U.S Army Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth Kensas.

He was also a former Managing Director of the Nigerian Security Printing & Minting Company Limited.

Mr. Dasuki, a Sokoto prince, was retired from the army by the Abacha regime in a paranoid move to drain the military of what was then perceived as the Babangida influence.

A presidency source said Mr. Mohammed was removed as defence minister to allow for ethnic balancing.

“The presidency will definitely be accused of maginalising a part of the country if the NSA and and defence minister are from the North,” the source, who requested not to be named because he was not authorised to speak on the matter, said. “The next defence minister will definitely not be from the North.”

Our source said the appointment of a core northerner as NSA was done to pacify the north, and in the believe that the Boko Haram insurgents would consider Mr. Dasuki as one of their own and perhaps sheath their swords.

President Goodluck Jonathan, just back from a trip to Brazil, made the changes against the background of mounting pressure that if he wanted traction for his 2015 presidential ambition, he needed to expand his presidency and national security environment to reflect true diversity from what appears to be an ethno-nationally narrow outlook. 



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  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    God save Jonathan from the hausa fulani. He should read about Aguiy Ironsi.

    • Somebody

      This platform is really needless in this country. I hope the Nigerian authorities are not influenced by views expressed through this medium. A nation cannot be built in this way including the so called Niger Delta republic.

  • Jamesdaniel360

    I just hope. This will not Be a costly mistake. A babangida who made it clear he want a northern president. May be it is a case sending the son of trouble maker to the trouble maker. Who withdrew security from the streets of kaduna before boko haram struk last Sunday?

  • Tukur1334

    GEJ Can never be what he is today without the support of the hausa-fulanis.i think awusa need some history lessons.

  • Isah

    Please check your source very well Premium Times,stop spreading false hood.The chief of Defence staff, Rear Admiral Oluseye Pentirin was never sacked.Don’t do things in a rush,always wait for proper verification.Thanks.

    • Lanre

      Check your facts too Isah. Air Marshal Petinrin is in the Air Force. The rank of Admiral is for Navy Officers.

  • Isah

    Please be issue based in your judgment.Where does the minister of defence,Mr. Bello Haliru Mohammed hail from,South-South.Your style of report is crystal clear sentiment-based.Why do you always habour hatred over GEJ’s government.Quoting you:’he needed to expand his presidency and national security environment to reflect true diversity from what appears to an ethno-nationally narrow outlook.’ So Haliru to you is his kinsman?You are too biased.Please be patriotic.And please don’t forget to remove Pentirin’s name,also be humble enough to tender an apology.It will go a long way in making things better.

  • Salisu Dan Gombe

    I saw it coming when the blood sucking vandals Adamu Ciroma & Co. recently visited Aso Rock but I am not bothered; not after the appointment of a top Commander of Boko Haram as IG of Police. I do not care if all Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani are appointed NSA. It really does not matter; after all the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani dominate and control Nigeria Security Agencies. So appointing one of them as NSA makes no difference. The fact remains that the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani will be disgracefully kicked out of Nigeria not later than 2015. It is instructive to note that Rtd. Colonel Sambo Dasuki was a member of Gen. Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida’s (IBB) inner caucus kitchen cabinet that conspired and unconstitutionally applied and enlisted Nigeria into the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC). Thus began Nigeria’s journey on the path of destructive religious violence that has now produced Boko Haram and have resulted into the death of over five million innocent Christians residing in the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani States. Furthermore, it is instructive to note that the North Muslim oligarchy that Sambo Dasuki represents are no longer relevant in the new political landscape that is emerging in the North after the image and likeness of Boko Haram. It is only a matter of time before Boko Haram will behead all these people who are presently parading themselves as traditional, religious and political leaders of the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani. Those of them that will escape beheading will surely receive the Shah of Iran treatment for their dubious use of Islam to further their selfish personal interests that are contrary to the will of Allah and His instructions in the Holy Koran. When that time dawns, I will be very pleased to witness the beheading of IBB, Atiku, El Rufai, Gusau, Junaid Mohammed, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Gov Babangida Aliyu etc. etc. etc.

    • Ibrahim Al-Asi

      How old are you please? You sound like some spoilt brat who has access to the net or someone under the influence of cassava bread and ogogoro and now experiencing diarrhoea of the mouth.

    • Adenle

      KenMani!Why did u change your name?


      Salisu Dan Gombe i believe you well well.Kudos.

    • patriot

      Pls let the beheading of your so called leaders begin with immediate effect. i can’t wait. Na your hands you go take destroy yourselfs oh. Good ridiance to bad rubbish.

  • Bashir Betara

    Col Sambo Dasuki Rtd was an Artillery Officer and Armoured. Please note

  • Lanre

    I don’t know if this comment is even necessary, but I will still make it. Removing Gen. Azazi (an intelligence officer) and replacing him with a retired Colonel with extensive political influence says a lot. This is no longer about doing the job as a professional. This is more about submitting to the influence of certain powers. Whatever the case, as we continue to journey toward the peaceful political reconfiguration of Nigeria into a confederation, I hope the Sunday,Sunday ritual killing of Christians will stop. I am surprised people have not been driven to the wall yet.

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      You got bro. Gej at last cave in to save lives of thousands. He knew he is dealing with people without conscience. Pple that can kill u for something as silly as a cartoon.

  • Zazzau

    Mr. President, this sacking is not enough! You has to come out bold enough and told us the members of BH in your cabinet as you admitted, rather, we would assume Azazi is the only BH member in the cabinet. Sacking of Azazi and bringing in Sambo Dasuki will not solve the problem. Mr. President, if you are sincere on solving security problems facing the country in general, you must face the state governors squarely, that is the bitter fact. All are our security problems emanated from their apparant injustice to their masses. May God save Nigeria and Nigerian from these bunches called Governors, ameen

  • naubiko

    Let’s us leave sentiment aside when evaluating a political office holder. Azazi has never performed. It’s a bitter pill to swallow for GEJ for facts on the ground do not lie. If a muslim or a Ogoni can deliver and make Nigeria safe why not give him a chance. Azazi even in the army was woeful and to come out with that statement about PDP sums up is ineptness about himself and his principal. As for GEJ to allow this to carry for too long does not show leadership whether that would not solve the problem is now the big question as we know if he’ll be there to rule an entity like Nigeria come 2015.

  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    Aguiyi Ironsi still on my mind… May God protect Jonathan from every BUTCHER. Amen.

  • Nuhu104

    He can appoint the Sultan of Sokoto, as the NSA or president. The FACT is that Nigeria will never be the same again and your political elites are postponing the EVIL DAY. Muslim’s can do without bloodshed.

  • Bashbet

    Col Sambo Dasuki was of the Artillery and not Armoured as is being reported.

  • Salisu Dan Gombe

    Gen. Owoeye Azazi could not perform as expected because he did not receive the cooperation of the elements of the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani who dominate and control the Nigerian Security Agencies and are also fiercely loyal to Boko Haram and to the cause of violent Islamization of Nigeria. President Jonathan must receive much credit and kudos for using same Security Agencies to significantly slow down the Boko Haram advance. However, given their loyalty and commitment there is no way same Security Agencies can effectively penetrate and neutralize the Boko Haram terrorist network. It is simply unthinkable. May be now is the time for us to completely disband and reconstitute the Security Agencies, the Police and the Armed Forces to reflect Federal Character on the basis of the six geo-political zones of Nigeria.