Some Nigerians on Twitter have reacted to the appointment of Yusuf Bichi as the new Director-General of the State Security Service (SSS).
Mr Bichi was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday.
According to a statement by Mr Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, Mr Bichi replaces Matthew Seiyefa, who has been operating in acting capacity since Lawal Daura was dismissed. He is appointment takes effect from Friday (today), September 14.
Mr Shehu, in his statement, described the appointee as a ‘core’ secret service operative who has undergone training in intelligence processing analysis, agent handling recruitment and intelligence processing in the UK, as well as strategic training at the National Defence College.
“The new SSS boss comes to the job with skills in intelligence gathering, research analysis, conflict management, general investigation, risk and vulnerability operations, counter intelligence and protective operation and human resources management,” Mr Shehu said.
Some Nigerians including a presidential aspirant, Donald Duke, and a federal lawmaker, Ben Murray-Bruce, have expressed disappointment at the president over his choice and equally accused him of nepotism.
“PMB has just appointed Yusuf Magaji Bichi as substantive DG SSS. Against the clamour to broaden the heads of our nations security framework, PMB has proven himself an irredeemable irredentist. SAD!!!,” Donald Duke tweeted.
Mr Bruce also tweeted, “Seiyefa was the ONLY Southerner heading an Intelligence agency. He was competent and loyal. In the interest of federal character and north/south balance, President @MBuhari should have retained him. Bichi may be competent, but how can all intelligence (units) be headed by Northerners?”
Others, however, believe Mr Bichi is qualified for the position.
Below are some reactions:
I found the @OfficialAPCNg’s response to @TheEconomist and @HSBC very disappointing. If you disagree with such illustrious bodies, all you need to do is give reasons why they are wrong. You dont castigate them. The Economist endorsed @MBuhari in 2015, were they unreasonable then?
— Ben Murray-Bruce (@benmurraybruce) September 13, 2018
PMB has just appointed Yusuf Magaji Bichi as substantive DG SSS. Against the clamour to broaden the heads of our nations security framework, PMB has proven himself an irredeemable irredentist. SAD!!!
— Donald Duke (@Donald_Duke) September 13, 2018
BREAKING: President Buhari sacks Bayelsa born Acting Director of SSS, appoints Yusuf Magaji Bichi as new DG of SSS.
Reason: Tribalism and nepotism.
— Adeyanju Deji 🇳🇬 (@adeyanjudeji) September 13, 2018
I congratulate President @MBuhari for appointing yet another Northerner, Yusuf Magaji Bichi, to head the Department of State Security. Whoever doubted Buhari’s 97% versus 7% statement can now see the President is dead set on his Northernisation of government policy #RenosDarts
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) September 13, 2018
Yusuf Magaji Bichi enlisted in the defunct NSO in 1982. He retired aftr 35 yrs of service in 2017 as Daura’s Finance & Admin Director but was retained by Lawal Daura for few months & then released Feb 2018. It’s likely thro him Daura will run the agency by proxy. It cld get worse
— Chidi Odinkalu (@ChidiOdinkalu) September 13, 2018
I am just reading that Yusuf Magaji Bichi who has just been appointed as the new DG of the SSS by President Buhari actually retired from service last year after 35 years of service. The President is heartless. He is tone deaf. Continue to support him it’s your right. I am out.
— Orji A. Uka (@OrjiUka) September 13, 2018
DFirst Question I Expected From Young Wailers Was, Is Yusuf Magaji Bichi, Qualified? But, Alas It’s All About Ethnocentrism.
— Retson Tedheke (@retsonbiz) September 13, 2018
I really think Nigerians should leave ethnicity out of this Yusuf Magaji Bichi appointment, the question is, is the man qualified? Is he equipped with adequate commonsense? Can he do the job, if he can I really don’t think his ethic group he hails from should be up for debate😼
— Foureyed Weirdo (@Joey_Ligero) September 13, 2018
I don’t have anything against Yusuf Magaji Bichi, but for President Buhari to replace an active officer with a retired one is a slap on the office of the DSS, and on Nigerians.
— Chinedu Kachi Memeh™🇳🇬 (@ChineduMemeh) September 13, 2018
But are you aware the Yusuf Magaji Bichi retired after 35 years of service in 2017 as Daura’s Director of Finance & Admin but kept illegally till Feb 2018 by Daura. But now brought back from retirement to head the agency?
— Akinloye NG #NewNigeria #ANN (@kadetumi) September 13, 2018
Buhari appointment of Yusuf
Magaji Bichi as new DSS boss is forever a good move. Security over anything. The man is qualified for the position. Your bigotry tweet won’t do any harm to his appointment. Keep calm and watch out for Buhari 2.0.
— Online ¶Padre (@Vospeaks) September 13, 2018
Who is Yusuf magaji bichi and why should he be DSS DG ahead of matthew seiyefa???
I’m sure the latter is more qualified
— #FreeLiahSharibu (@timiakegbejo) September 13, 2018
Wrong Giving Can Make You Poor — Reno Omokri
Reno Omokri in his Nugget on Friday corrected the popular notion that giving can never make you poor.
The ex- aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan said that wrong giving can actually make one poor. Read below…
“It is a lie that no one has become poor by giving. Giving can make you rich, depending on who you give to.
For instance, you can never be poor if you give to God, your parents and the poor.
However, there are very many men who became poor by giving to girlfriends. A man has no obligation to look after his girlfriend.” He wrote.
Giving money to a girl you sleep with makes her more appropriately a prostitute, not a ‘friend’ #RenosNuggets
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…Takes Campaign to BDC Operators
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, February 21, 2019 took its sensitization campaign to Bureaux de Change, BDC operators at the Wuse Zone 4 Office in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
The EFCC team, which was led by ADC Aisha Larai Musa, Head, EFCC’s Creative Communications Unit, used the opportunity to warn the BDC operators on the dangerous trend of an influx of fake Dollar notes now in circulation.
Advising the operators to be at alert, Musa, urged them to be cautious because “as the electioneering period peaks, you are now a soft target for money laundering and circulation of fake dollar notes”.
Woman shares testimony of how she found snake inside her house where her children slept
A woman recently disclosed on Facebook God saved her children after she found a snake in her house.
The woman, who identified herself as Chisom Chiedozie said she found the snake inside her living room just few hours after she carried her children to their room from the mat they were sleeping on in the same room.
“And you tell me there’s no God abi? just few minutes ago I saw this snake inside our living room. God has a way of saving his children, he is God and not man, this mat was on the floor few hours ago, my kids was laying on it then my kids slept I took them to the their room to sleep, what if the snake pentrated and bite them without me knowing, since they are asleep, what if the Gen is not on? What if I didn’t see it and it crawls inside the bedroom and hide somewhere?
My girl was even on the floor few minutes before we saw it, what would I have told her people, so many what if I swear, lately I enjoy sleeping on the mat cos of the hot weather, God saved me and my family, I can’t thank you enough father.
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the almighty.”
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