Nigerians are reacting after the Presidency announced on Thursday that President Muhammadu Buhari has named Yusuf Magaji Bichi as the new Director-General of the Department of State Services.
Yusuf Bichi is from the North-West, the same region as Buhari
His appointment was disclosed in a statement by the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
Bichi replaces Matthew Seiyefa, who was appointed by then Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, as Acting Director-General of DSS following the sacking of Lawal Daura by Osinbajo on August 7.
Daura was sacked following the invasion of the National Assembly by the DSS operatives on August 7.
Garba described the new DG of DSS as a core operative of the secret service.
The statement read, “President Buhari has approved with effect from the 14th of September, the appointment of Yusuf Magaji Bichi (fwc), as new Director-General of the Department of State Service.
“The appointee is a core Secret Service operative. He attended Danbatta Secondary School, the Kano State College of Advanced Studies and the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he graduated with a degree in Political Science.
The new Director-General began his career in the security division of the Cabinet Office in Kano, from where he joined the defunct Nigerian Security Organization (NSO), the precursor of the present DSS.
Mr. Bichi 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 DSS 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.
In the course of his career, Mr. Bichi has worked as the State Director of the DSS in Jigawa, Niger, Sokoto and Abia States.
He was at various times the Director, National Assembly Liaison (National War College), Director at National HQ in the Directorate of Security Enforcement, Directorate of Operations, Directorate of Intelligence, Directorate of Inspection & Directorate of Administration & Finance.
He also served as Director at the State Services Academy. Mr Bichi is married with children.”
Meanwhile, the president has been criticized for his choice of Director-general. Yusuf Bichi is from the North-West, the same region as Buhari.
See some of the comments on Twitter below:
Are we 2 assume that all is well in the Presidency?
Aug: Osinbajo removes erring DSS DG (Notherther) replaces with an acting Southerner
Sept: Buhari replaces Seyifa with Bichi another Northerner
BTW: This is the fastest decision made by Buhari asides flying to London everytime
— TheBrownChronik (@TolaBrown) September 14, 2018
With the appointment of Yusuf Magaji Bichi as DSS DG. My pain is that nobody is Aso Rock, not even the VP can look Buhari in the eyes and tell him how stupid & dead wrong he is in his decisions. Shame!
— St. (@SaintAnosike) September 13, 2018
We are witnessing the grandest scale of nepotism and ethnic jingoism in Nigeria's history.
And Buhari is ever remorseless and proud about his divisive fanaticism.
The recent appointment of DSS DG is a testament to what further awaits Nigeria if Buhari returns to power in 2019. pic.twitter.com/owKUOZVIOx
— Kelvin Odanz (@MrOdanz) September 14, 2018
So the Dss DG alone can cause havoc to his govnment? Lol! My dear I like PMB be4 I voted for him but from all indication He doesn't have an iota of love for the South.The thng pple warned me when I was campaigning 4 him is now glaring. I hate myself now for just that single vote
— Atikulated Movement (@Patrick05856722) September 14, 2018
P. Buhari removes Osinbajo's appointment in Seiyefa as DSS DG,
He now appoints Yusuf Magaji Bichi as the new DG of the DSS.
Need I remind u that Yusuf retired from service last year after 35 years of service.
He's also a northerner from Kano state..
Seyeifa is from Bayelsa
— GCFR Engr Damola (@theDamorela) September 13, 2018