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Tribalism, Nepotism & More: What Nigerians Are Saying On Buhari's Appointment Of New DG Of DSS

Posted by Odinaka on Fri 14th Sep, 2018 -

Some notable Nigerians including a senator, presidential aspirant, human rights activists, and others have reacted to the appointment of Yusuf Bichi as the new Director-General of the DSS.

New DSS DG, Yusuf Bichi (Photo: PREMIUM Times)
Nigerians have taken to various social media platforms to express their individual opinions following the appointment of Yusuf Magaji Bichi as the new Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS) by President Muhamamdu Buhari, on Thursday.
In a statement released last night, Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity, certified Bichi as one who can do the job professionally. “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”, he said.
But reacting over the appointment approved by President Buhari, the senator representing Bayelsa East constituency, Ben Murray-Bruce, a 2019 presidential aspirant, Donald Duke, rights activists, Adeyanju Deji, Chidi Odinkalu, and other Nigerisna criticized the appointment, noting that the principles of federal character was not honored.
Below are some reactions we culled from social media:
Ben Murray-Bruce (@benmurraybruce) "I found the @OfficialAPCNg’s response to @TheEconomist and @HSBC very disappointing. If you disagree with such illustrious bodies, all you need to do is give reasons why they are wrong. You dont castigate them. The Economist endorsed @MBuhari in 2015, were they unreasonable then?"
Donald Duke (@Donald_Duke) "PMB has just appointed Yusuf Magaji Bichi as substantive DG SSS. Against the clamour to broaden the heads of our nations security framework, PMB has proven himself an irredeemable irredentist. SAD!!!"
Adeyanju Deji (@adeyanjudeji) "BREAKING: President Buhari sacks Bayelsa born Acting Director of SSS, appoints Yusuf Magaji Bichi as new DG of SSS. Reason: Tribalism and nepotism."
Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) "I congratulate President @MBuhari for appointing yet another Northerner, Yusuf Magaji Bichi, to head the Department of State Security. Whoever doubted Buhari’s 97% versus 7% statement can now see the President is dead set on his Northernisation of government policy #RenosDarts"
Chidi Odinkalu (@ChidiOdinkalu) "Yusuf Magaji Bichi enlisted in the defunct NSO in 1982. He retired aftr 35 yrs of service in 2017 as Daura's Finance & Admin Director but was retained by Lawal Daura for few months & then released Feb 2018. It's likely thro him Daura will run the agency by proxy. It cld get worse."
Orji A. Uka (@OrjiUka) "I am just reading that Yusuf Magaji Bichi who has just been appointed as the new DG of the SSS by President Buhari actually retired from service last year after 35 years of service. The President is heartless. He is tone deaf. Continue to support him it's your right. I am out."
Retson Tedheke (@retsonbiz) "DFirst Question I Expected From Young Wailers Was, Is Yusuf Magaji Bichi, Qualified? But, Alas It's All About Ethnocentrism."
Foureyed Weirdo (@Joey_Ligero) "I really think Nigerians should leave ethnicity out of this Yusuf Magaji Bichi appointment, the question is, is the man qualified? Is he equipped with adequate commonsense? Can he do the job, if he can I really don't think his ethic group he hails from should be up for debate."
Chinedu Kachi Memeh (@ChineduMemeh) "I don't have anything against Yusuf Magaji Bichi, but for President Buhari to replace an active officer with a retired one is a slap on the office of the DSS, and on Nigerians."
Retson Tedheke (@retsonbiz) "DFirst Question I Expected From Young Wailers Was, Is Yusuf Magaji Bichi, Qualified? But, Alas It's All About Ethnocentrism."
Akinloye (@kadetumi) "But are you aware the Yusuf Magaji Bichi retired after 35 years of service in 2017 as Daura's Director of Finance & Admin but kept illegally till Feb 2018 by Daura. But now brought back from retirement to head the agency?"
Online Padre (@Vospeaks) "Buhari appointment of Yusuf. Magaji Bichi as new DSS boss is forever a good move. Security over anything. The man is qualified for the position. Your bigotry tweet won't do any harm to his appointment. Keep calm and watch out for Buhari 2.0."
@timiakegbejo. "Northerners bring little or nothing to the table yet they get the best and most juicy appointments. This is not fair at all. Maybe split Nigeria and let everybody go."

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