President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked Abdulrahman Mani, his chief security officer (CSO), over what insiders described as “shady deals” and for “undermining” the President.
Bashir Abubakar has been appointed the new CSO to the President while Mani has been redeployed to Ebonyi State. Abubakar was until now an assistant director in the Bayelsa state command of the Department of State Service (DSS).
Presidency sources said that Mani committed various misdemeanours, “chief among which was a recent discovery that he was actually the one who leaked Buhari’s itinerary to Diezani Alison-Madueke when he travelled to London in May”.
Alison-Madueke, then minister of petroleum resources, had surprisingly travelled on the same British Airways flight with Buhari, sitting in the same cabin and right behind the then President-elect.
The former minister normally flew private jets in and out of the country and her presence on the flight was not considered a coincidence.
It was alleged that she wanted to curry the favour of Buhari following a series of allegations of corruption against her, although her aides denied the claim, maintaining that she was on a private trip for her son’s graduation.
“Investigations also revealed that Mani has been actively undermining the President, working against every value the President upholds and conducting himself in such a manner as to suggest that he is out to pull down the President,” a source told TheCable. Mani was appointed Buhari’s CSO after the presidential election in March.
Buhari also fired Widi Liman, his administrative officer, who was said to be hand-in-gloves with Mani in turning securing appointments with the President into a “business venture”.
Liman, who is yet to be replaced, was a close aide to Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai, while he was FCT minister. He has been transferred to Oyo State command of the DSS.