The appointment of Yusuf Magaji Bichi as the new Director-General of the Department of State Services by President Muhammadu Buhari has generated controversy.
Bichi, from Kano, succeeds Matthew Seiyefa who was acting in the capacity of the DSS DG after VP Osinbajo ordered Lawal Daura’s sack in August.
Quite bizarrely, Bichi had retired in February 2018 after 35 years of service. He was the disgraced Daura’s finance and admin director until his retirement.
The presidency described him as coming into 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.”
A retired senior DSS official, Abdulwahab Abdulrahman, had accused Daura of being corrupt and wondered why his sack took so long.
Seiyefa, who Bichi replaces, is due for retirement in July 2019. The Bayelsa State native has been commended in various sectors for cleaning up Daura’s mess.
Public observers have now said the appointment, which takes effect Friday (today), validates earlier claims that Buhari mainly favours people from his region.
2019 presidential aspirant, Donald Duke said after the appointment was announced on Thursday that Buhari is an “irredeemable irredentist”.