UN Bomb Blast: Jonathan may sack Azazi, Ringim...DG SSS feeling the heat as well
There are strong indications that President Goodluck Jonathan may sack some of his security chiefs sequel to local and international pressures.
Pointblanknews.com sources said those on the firing line are the National Security Adviser (NSA), General Andrew Azazi and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Hafiz Ringim. However, even though he is been penciled down for sack for now, the Director General of the State Security Service (SSS) Ekpeyong is also feeling the heat.
In the place of Aziza, General Sarki Muktar and General Aliyu Gusau are been touted as possible replacement. Both men have served in that capacity for both late President Musa Yar'Adua and President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Muktar was appointed NSA in 2006 by former President Obasanjo to replace Gusau. Ironically, Gusau replaced Muktar when President Jonathan assumed office in acting capacity.
Although, Muktar is largely considered as a member of the Yar'Adua cabal, Gusau, on the other hand, represents a huge power bloc and is seen as a better politician who knows something about everybody both in the military and in politics because of his background.
It was also learnt that as a face saving strategy, Ringim hurriedly picked up some suspects and announced their arrest to the world on Monday, but our source maintained that President Jonathan is not impressed.
Shortly after the blast at the Force Headquarters several Governors had stormed the Presidential Villa asking Jonathan to sack Ringim. At a top security meeting at the Villa the President took shots at Ringim but prevailed on the Governors to be patient with the police chief.
According to our findings, aside from the Governors, some who have put in place private security arrangements outside the police and SSS, the United States, chief security officer of the United Nation, United Kingdom, France and Germany have expressed displeasure at the spate of attacks by Boko Haram.
But the disquiet reached a crescendo when the group upped the ante by the attack at the United Nations building in Abuja, killing dozens, including expatriates.
Pointblanknews.com sources hinted that while commiserating with President Jonathan, most of the western nations urged him to overhaul his security apparatus. They expressed disbelief that after a string of suicide attacks, the security agencies are yet to make any major breakthrough
Said our source "no one is sure if the Inspector General and the NSA would last next week. The president may be forced to sack Azazi and Ringim because even before now Ringim had displayed a lot of incompetence, and don't forget the Governors called for his sack after the Force Headquarters blast. But Mr President said No, let's give him time."
Continued our source "the US, UK, the UN security chief who was here , and several other western nations are urging him to take some action. It is worse because some expatriates, foreign nationals were killed at the UN building. Do you know that some Governors like that of Kano have made private security arrangements outside the SSS and police details?..It is that bad. It is like we have no answer to the Boko Haram mayhem"