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The president’s confidants in Aso Rock


In an try to zero in on the closest buddies to the occupant of Nigeria’s Number One seat of energy, The Guardian’s State House Correspondent, TERHEMBA DAKA, borrows the title from the e-book, ‘All the President’s Men’, a 1974 non-fiction e-book by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, two of the journalists who investigated the June 1972 break-in on the Watergate workplace constructing and the resultant political scandal for The Washington Post

However, this isn’t an try at investigating Nigeria’s Presidential Villa. Rather, it’s an try to find the people in Nigeria’s State House, who’re personally and carefully mounted to the president, chosen particularly to serve his crucial official and home wants. Feelers gleaned from the State House point out that these are officers and males who’ve better entry to and wield extra affect on the president than public workplace holders. They are Buhari’s males, his confidants.

Col. Mohammed Lawal Abubakar, ADC
COLONIEL Mohammed Lawal Abubakar holds one of many hardest assignments his profession may ever provide him. He is the Aide-de-Camp (ADC) to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari.

Colonel Abubakar offers safety and is prepared always to put his life down for the president. The Military Police officer doesn’t deal with his job with child gloves. His comportment depicts an officer able to strategy each public perform and different assignments, each inside and outdoors the nation, with the best stage of precision and seriousness they deserve.

Although seen by many as a gentleman, he retains an eagle’s eye on his principal, watching over each transfer the president makes. He leaves no stone unturned to make sure the protection of Mr. President always. His job goes past simply standing behind the president at official capabilities and guaranteeing that his principal is unruffled on the perform.

His function as a army officer and ADC to the president is usually ceremonial and to provide the presidency dignity and honour. Abubakar carries the president’s private gadgets. In deed, he’s the president’s transferring secretariat. Many troopers of his rank, little question, have been as certified to be the ADC to President Buhari in 2015, however different qualities stood him out among the many pack.

Before his present task, Colonel Abubakar had additionally served in numerous military models and formations inside and outdoors Nigeria at completely different capacities. They embody Lagos Garrison Command Provost, United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone, Headquarters Nigerian Army Corps of Military Police Administration Company, Apapa, Lagos, Special Investigation Bureau, Apapa, Lagos, (briefly) and Army Headquarters Provost Group, Lokoja.

Other positions he held have been Nigerian Army School of Military Police, Basawa, Zaria, for 4 years as an Instructor and Staff Officer Grade 2 Training and Operations, Nigerian Defence Academy Provost, Kaduna, as Commander NDA Provost and an Instructor, then 7 Division Provost Group, Maiduguri, because the pioneer Acting Provost Commander. Abubakar was additionally the Camp Commandant, Giwa Barracks detention facility (Operation Zaman Lafiya) between November 2013 and 2014, which held over 1,500 suspected Boko Haram terrorist detainees.

The ADC additionally coordinated the coaching of 143 Battalion on Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Insurgency with the United States Rangers and the British Military Advisory Training groups respectively.

Lawal Kazaure, SCOP
STATE Chief of Protocol (SCOP): Many who observe developments within the Presidential Villa would have observed one distinguished official who often fusses round every time the president is in a room. His most blatant function is to make sure the consolation of the Commander-In-Chief. He would usually pull out a chair for the president to take a seat on. The man in query is Lawal Kazaure, a profession international service diplomat, whose official title is just known as “SCOP.”

Apart from the servile chair adjustment process, Kazaure, a former deputy director on the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), appears to be the president’s gofer. SCOP’s roles lengthen to that of implementing protocol directives – from scheduling conferences with visitors and attending occasions outdoors of the State House as sanctioned by the Chief of Staff to the President.Some studies declare that Kazaure has used that closeness to the president to grow to be probably the most highly effective members of Buhari’s interior circle.

Idris Kassim Ahmed, CSO
Idris Kassim Ahmed, who serves as Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the president, is a senior operative of the Department of State Services (DSS) deployed from the group’s headquarters. No one doubts that the place of CSO could be very highly effective within the Presidential Villa. Idris changed Mr. Bashir Abubakar as CSO in March 2019 after the previous was launched for a strategic course on the National Defence University (Fadena), Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

A flash again to how Major Al Mustapha held sway on this place through the army regime of late General Sani Abacha provides a greater glimpse of how highly effective a CSO to the president will be. He is the chief custodian of Aso Rock and controls entry. These distinctive capabilities make Mr. Idris essential and near his principal. 

Working usually occasions very unnoticed, the CSO has  nascence officers from the DSS unfold in every single place and in all instructions as his third eyes. They can spell the whole lot, and convey down a suspected pin when mandatory. In this place as CSO, Idris stays unassuming, unpredictable however is seen by a lot of his skilled colleague as a strict, powerful and goal-getter. All of those qualities earned him the current job, making him an in depth confidant within the seat of energy.

Tunde Sabiu, Personal Assistant: 
SABIU, initially known as Sabiu Yusuf, is Personal Assistant to the President. Although not too seen to many, he’s the son of the president’s niece and youthful sister to Mamman Daura, the president’s closest confidant.

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) nationwide chief, Aswiaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as soon as described Sabiu as a “resourceful administrator in the president’s personal office” in 2017 when the latter was getting married. Tinubu’s description underscores Sabiu’s affect within the corridors of powers because the Personal Assistant to President Buhari since 2015. Many conversant with operations on the villa affirm that in contrast to many youg individuals his age, Sabiu possesses a peaceful posture, humble in look and diligent in delivering on the job. 

“You will never know that the young man is that close to the president if you don’t know him before or you are not told by someone else,” a senior aide to the president attested just lately.  Mr. Sabiue is believed to be a favorite of many visitors of the president due to his disposition to responsibility. No marvel the array of dignitaries who graced his wedding ceremony three years in the past. 

Sarki Abba, SSA Domestic Affairs 
ABBA has been a trusted private aide of President Buhari for years earlier than his election in 2015. Because of his closeness to Buhari, he transmuted into the latter’s Senior Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs, which implies Abba oversees the actions of the president’s family.

While most of Buhari’s aides retire to their houses after work, Sarki’s actual job begins. Many will neglect that this is similar place that was held by Dr. Andy Uba underneath former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Uba, who was known as Special Assistant on Domestic Matters, wielded monumental powers within the presidency.  

Unlike Uba underneath Obasanjo, Sarki has additionally operates behind the scenes regardless of his monumental affect. He calls the pictures so far as home operations of the president are involved. He is certainly an in depth confidant.

Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari
ALL the above aides and others are answerable to the Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari, who isn’t any stranger to the media. When Kyari was introduced because the Chief of Staff in August 27, 2015, not many individuals anticipated that the load of the change in governance type would revolve round this reticent however meticulous technocrat.

Kyari is thought to be one of many president’s closest aides. He plans Buhari’s schedules and correspondence together with the Chief of Protocol, Kazaure, whereas ministers are mentioned to queue in his workplace to see the president. In finishing up his process, Kyari decides these the president can grant viewers and people he mustn’t meet. He additionally decides locations the place the president can go to and people locations he ought to keep away from.

Those who frequent the Presidential Villa, Abuja, or those that work there can not miss him. Even others who maintain an in depth tab on particulars in pictures or video recordings of occasions launched from the seat of energy can not fail to establish him.

Kyari is arguably the closest aide of the president, or one of many closest, given the truth that there are another aides of Mr. President who really reside with him in his official residence, who’re subsequently very near him. This makes the Chief of Staff match completely into the outline of those who could possibly be recognized as members of “the innermost chamber.”

Besides, Kyari is all the time seen across the president, attending all conferences that Buhari attends and participating in picture periods after such conferences. He can’t be missed in what has grow to be his uniform: all the time decked in white agbada and wine Kanuri conventional cap to match. He gained’t be caught in some other apparel or a special color.

Writing about Kyari’s persona, a former State House Correspondent, Lekan Adetayo, who for years coated the Presidential Villa, mentioned the CoS occupies a large workplace which is about 200 metres from the workplace of the president. 

“Despite being advanced in age, this presidential aide covers this distance as many times as possible in a day, crisscrossing his office and the president’s office, apparently because he does not want to leave anything to chance.

“As he walks the distance, he always holds tenaciously to one office file or the other. The common features of the files clear to those close enough are that they are white with the nation’s coat of arms embossed in green.” 

In the entire quick journeys, Mr. Adetayo mentioned, “Kyari is always accompanied by at least two security aides, one in front apparently to be sure no harm is coming near him from the front and the other in the rear to ensure that enemies contemplating coming from the rear are waived off. You will never see him release these office files that may contain the nation’s top secrets to any of his aides. This may be why Buhari is comfortable with him despite public criticism: He keeps the President’s secret.”

Kyari carries a tricky and strict manner. These attributes, however, the CoS finds time to acknowledge greetings and generally crack jokes with journalists every time he finds them on the hall in entrance of the Press Gallery whereas on his manner both to his workplace or to the president’s workplace. 

That is, nonetheless, the place it ends. Once Kyari notices that journalists jokingly making an attempt to show the uncommon privilege of an encounter on the slender alleyway to an interview session, he would shortly go away the scene as quick as he got here.

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