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President Buhari warned by Nigerian Intelligence Agency (NIA) to stop signing documents he does not understand in secret memo

President Muhammadu Buhari has been warned to desist from sealing decisions he does not understand.

The Directors in the Nigerian Intelligence Agency (NIA) gave him the warning in a secret memo seen by Peoples Gazette.

The directors of the NIA noted with alarm several decisions Mr Buhari has made after being “deliberately” misguided by his aides and advisers as a result of “selfishness”. All these they attributed to the president’s inability to pay rapt attention to matters.

A statement from the secret memo reads:

“As the head of this massive entity call Nigeria, sometimes your, aides, advisers and handlers, may, out of selfishness and vested personal interest, deliberately mislead you, to unwittingly do some things against, your known principles, unfortunately, because, they know, that sometimes, due to some urgent numerous state matters that need your urgent attention you may not necessarily be too meticulous about everything,” the directors said in the letter.

The letter was written to Mr Buhari amid claims that the president is considering tenure extension for the current NIA director-general, Ahmed Abubakar. Appointed on January 10, 2018, Mr Abubakar’s tenure is expected to expire in January 2022.

The directors described Mr Buhari’s decision on the tenure elongation as a “wrong one based on a wrong advice”. Nonetheless, they admitted that some of the president’s decisions are borne out of inadequate facts of situations.

“We learnt that the tenure of the current DG, which comes to an end in January 2022, is being considered (for extension) or has been secretly renewed,” the spy chiefs noted. They alleged the repeated and “intense lobby” for tenure elongation for the heads of the security agencies.

“We have known all along that there has been clandestine and sometimes open intense lobby to mislead you to take the wrong decision, as was done in the last appointment,” they said. “Please excuse our use of this language to describe your last decision on this matter as a wrong one based on very wrong advice. With all sense of humility and modesty.”

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