The president said on Sunday the appointment marked a change of strategy to deal with an evolving Boko Haram sect that has claimed responsibility for several bomb and shooting attacks in many northern cities.
Dressed in a flowing Kaftan, Mr. Dasuki arrived at the presidential villa on Tuesday afternoon and met with Vice President Namadi Sambo, and Mr. Jonathan’s Chief of Staff, Mike Oghiadome. He did not speak to reporters.
A retired Colonel and a former Managing Director of Security Printing & Minting Company Limited, Mr. Dasuki is seen as a bridge to multiple interests the analysts believe are key to winning the anti-terrorism war.
Mr. Dasuki attended 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.