Babagana Monguno, the National Security Adviser, has warned service chiefs to ignore directives issued by Abba Kyari, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, saying he often usurps the President on matters bordering on national security.
Monguno, a retired major general, wrote in a memo to the service chiefs that Kyari’s directives were sometimes issued without Buhari’s consent. He blamed this for the government’s failure to contain insecurity.
“Chief of staff to the president is not a presiding head of security, neither is he sworn to an oath of defending the country,” Monguno said in the December 9, 2019, letter.
“As such, unprofessional practices such as presiding over meetings with service chiefs and heads of security organisations as well as ambassadors and high commissioners to the exclusion of the NSA and/or supervising ministers are a violation of the Constitution and directly undermine the authority of Mr President.
“Such acts and continues meddlesomeness by chief of staff have not only ruptured our security an defence efforts, but have slowed down any meaningful gain that Mr President has sought to achieve.”
National security sources told Premium Times on Monday that the fresh memo showed how Kyari has helped in keeping the service chiefs in office despite overwhelming call for their ouster.
Many Nigerians have called for the sack of the chiefs as they have failed to quell Boko Haram attacks in the North East since their appointment in 2015.
Premium Times reports that Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu, the two presidential spokespersons, and Kyari did not return requests for comments.
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