The worsening security situation in Nigeria claimed its first set of official casualties Friday as President Goodluck Jonathan sacked both t his National Security Adviser, General Andrew Owoye Azazi (Rtd.) and the Minister of Defence, Dr. Bello Haliru.
Announcing the sack of the two in Abuja Friday night, Presidential Spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati, said their removal from office was with immediate effect.
Though the announcement gave no reason for their removal, the ongoing bombing campaign by Islamist group, Boko Haram and the obvious failure of intelligence is believed to have been responsible.
Azazi has been in the eye of the storm lately following his public comment at the South-South Summit, in which he blamed the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the rise of Boko Haram.
Nigeria’s intelligence community has been ridiculed as one successful bombing after another by the Islamist sect exposed the ineptitude of both Azazi and Haliru.
While no replacements were announced for the departing men, The Post understands that Sambo Dasuki, one time ADC to General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (Rtd.) may be appointed as the new NSA.