President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked Abdulrahman Mani, his chief security officer (CSO).
Mani was appointed Buhari’s CSO after the presidential election in March.
TheCable reports that Mani committed various misdemeanors, “chief among which was a recent discovery that he was actually the one who leaked
Buhari’s itinerary to Diezani Alison-Madueke when he travelled to London in May”.
Alison-Madueke, then minister of petroleum resources, had surprisingly travelled on the same British Airways
flight with Buhari, sitting in the same cabin and right behind the then president-elect.
Many believed that Diezani desperately trailed for peace talks with Buhari following a series of allegations of corruption against her, although her
aides denied the claim, maintaining that she was on a private trip for her son’s graduation.
“Investigations also revealed that Mani has been actively undermining the president, working against every value the president upholds and conducting
himself in such a manner as to suggest that he is out to pull down the president,” the source told TheCable.
Buhari also fired Widi Liman, his administrative officer, who in conjuction with Mani allegedly turned securing
appointments with the president into a “business venture”.
Bashir Abubakar is the new CSO to the president, whilebMani has been redeployed to Ebonyi State. Abubakar was until now an assistant director in the Bayelsa State command of the Department of StatebServices (DSS).
Liman, who is yet to be replaced, was a close aide to governor of Kaduna state, Nasir el-Rufai, while he was FCT minister. He has been transferred to the Oyo State command of the DSS.