Garba Shehu

The presidency has said the newly-appointed Director-General of National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, is perfect for the job.

This was made known on Friday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

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He lamented that the new DG of NIA had been maligned by critics and a section of the media following his appointment.

Shehu said: “Ahmed Rufai Abubakar is a perfect fit who is most qualified for the job. He has occupied various top public offices in the agency in the course of which he received several awards. He left voluntarily to go to the United Nations as a Director.

“When he retired, he was appointed as a senior adviser in the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) regional coalition of countries for the fight against Boko Haram and other trans-border security threats in the region. There is no doubt at all as to Mr. Abubakar’s qualifications for the job and that is what is most important.”

Speaking, Chief of Staff to the president, Abba Kyari, described Abubakar as a patriot, intelligent and consummate gentleman.

He said: “I met him for the first time in this office after my appointment as Chief of Staff.

“I do not think his elevation will deny us the opportunity of still working together. During his stay here, he distinguished himself as a patriot and he brought his wealth of experience in working with international organisations to bear on his work.

“At any given time, even at late hours, Abubakar was always ready to give his best. He was committed.”