President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of
Ahmed Rufa’i Abubakar as substantive Director-General of National Intelligence Agency (NIA).
The information is in a statement by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina in Abuja on Wednesday.
According to the statement, the new director general is a retired career Foreign Service officer, who, until his appointment, served as Senior Special Assistant to the President (SSAP) on Foreign Affairs/International Relations.
Abubakar had extensive experience working with the UN in peace support operations, mediation process, preventive diplomacy and good offices, as well as the promotion of good governance and respect for the rule of law and human rights.
He briefly served as Senior Adviser at the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), with headquarters in Ndjamena, Chad, before his appointment as SSAP.
Abubakar holds a B.A degree in French Language and Literature, and an M.A degree in Francophone Maghrebian Literature, both from Bayero University, Kano.
He is also fluent in English and Arabic.
“The appointment takes immediate effect,” the statement added.