Nigeria: Rumbles in APC as Buhari names Yusuf Magaji Bichi as new DSS DG
London, September 13, 2018 (AltAfrica)-The appointment of Yusuf Magaji Bichi as new DSS DG by President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday is causing some disquiet among some members of the presidency and the hierarchy of the ruling party, APC particularly in the South South and South West
Powerful sources told Alternativeafrica.com that the appointment is seen as ammunition for the main opposition party, the PDP and a potent campaign weapon to paint the president as a bigot only interested in the northern agenda
The sources claimed the concerned people were particularly irked that the announcement came few weeks to media reports of cabal within the presidency working to replace Mr Mathew Seiyefa with another person from the north
Many media outlet had reported that the loyalists, who were working in tandem with a cabal in the Presidency, had already given the acting DG of the Service, Mr Mathew Seiyefa, a signal that he might not be in office during the conduct of the general elections next year by the Independent National Electoral Commission
In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Thursday said Mr Bichi 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.
He 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.
Mr Shehu stated that that new DSS boss is skilled in intelligence gathering, research analysis, conflict management, general investigation, risk and vulnerability operations, counterintelligence and protective operation and human resources management.
In the course of his career, Mr Bichi has worked as the State Director of Security in Jigawa, Niger, Sokoto and Abia States.
He was at various times the Director, National Assembly Liaison, (National War College), Director at National Headquarters in the Directorate of Security Enforcement, Directorate of Operations, Directorate of Intelligence, Directorate of Inspection and Directorate of Administration and Finance.
Bichi also served as a Director at State Service Academy.