President Buhari Reportedly Fires His CSO, Abdulrahman Mani for ‘leaking’ Itinerary to Ex-Petroleum Minister, Alison-Madueke
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedy fired his chief security officer (CSO), Abdulrahman Mani, over what sources describe as “shady deals” in fixing appointments and for “undermining” the president, according to The Cable. Premium Times also reports that the presidency has requested the State Security Service to redeploy him out of the presidential villa.
Presidency sources told TheCable that Mani committed various misdemeanors, with the main one being leaking President Buhari’s May flight itinerary to London to Mrs Alison-Madueke, then minister of petroleum resources:
“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”.
At the time, everyone thought it was no coincidence that the ex-minister was on the same British Airways flight with Buhari, sitting in the same cabin and right behind the then president-elect. It was also widely alleged that she wanted to start some conversation 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.
Mani who had been organizing security for Buhari since 2011 was appointed the president’s CSO after the presidential election in March.