Mar. 12, 2014
The top echelon of the Nigerian military yesterday refused to have a joint meeting with the new Minister of Defense Aliyu Gusau and his deputy Musikilu Obanikoro, a situation that triggered the resignation by Mr. Gusau, himself a retired army general.
Sources at the ministry told SaharaReporters that Nigeria’s top military henchmen kept Mr. Gusau waiting for two days after he summoned them to a meeting, with different military service chiefs making excuses for their inability to meet with him and his deputy immediately. Finally, the situation turned testy yesterday when, after keeping Mr. Gusau and Mr. Obanikoro waiting for several hours, the Chief of Defense Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, showed up alone for a meeting.
“When Air Marshal Badeh showed up, the Minister of Defense told him he was expecting all the chiefs of staff within the military, but Badeh reportedly told him there was no need,” said one source at the ministry. Our sources added that Badeh also told Mr. Gusau that he alone would be meeting with the minister as the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), stating that this arrangement was the collective decision of military officers in the country.
One source said an attempt by the junior minister of defense, Mr. Obanikoro, to intervene was rudely brushed aside as Badeh asked him to “shut up.” “Air Marshal Badeh is said to have called Senator Obanikoro a ‘small boy’ and warned him that the military was not going to be taking orders anymore from bloody civilians like him,” one source stated.
Soon after the altercation, General Gusau (rtd) reportedly ended the meeting and asked the Permanent Secretary in the ministry to transmit his letter of resignation to President Goodluck Jonathan.
SaharaReporters learnt that Mr. Jonathan, who was rattled by the development, immediately charged Senate President David Mark with the task of prevailing on Mr. Gusau to rescind his resignation. The president reportedly promised to see that the issue was resolved expeditiously.
However, a source stated that Mr. Gusau remained infuriated and refused to back away from his decision to leave the cabinet. Late last night, President Jonathan paid a visit to Mr. Gusau’s home in Abuja in a last-ditch effort to persuade him to stay at his ministerial job, but Mr. Gusau refused to see the president.
Mr. Gusau kept away from today’s session of the Federal Executive Council, a weekly meeting of all ministers with the president. He reportedly told aides that he could not serve in a situation where military officers would show open disdain for their civilian leaders and him an experienced retired military man.
SaharaReporters contacted Mr. Obanikoro who admitted obliquely that there was what he termed a “slight disagreement,” but added that there was nothing serious.
An aide to Senator David Mark told SaharaReporters that Mr. Gusau had sent his letter of resignation to the Senate, which confirmed him after his nomination. The source added, however, that Mr. Mark had refused to have the resignation letter read because the senator was still hopeful of convincing Mr. Gusau to remain at his post. [Reported on SaharaReporters]
Controversies Surrounding Gusau
NewsRescue has published several articles describing how dangerous a man general Gusau is. He is the man behind all military coups in Nigeria’s recent history: the Shagari overthrow, the Buhari/Idiagbon overthrow and the Abacha coup that removed Ernest Shonekan and placed imposed dictator Abacha on Nigeria.
He has also been linked to the current spate of terror and unrest in Nigeria. A recent article that captured Gusau: NewsRescue-Spy Gusau: Perhaps the Most Evil Man in Nigeria’s Oligarchical History
It is believed President Jonathan selected NSA Gusau for political rewards.
There is a puzzled reaction to Gusau’s resignation with many Nigerians rejoicing that possibly the nation’s most dangerous man and a man so desperate to become President, he can literally do and support anything, has resigned.
Gusau’s resignation comes at a time when the Military chief’s were on their own making significant success against Boko Haram, having captured several terrorists, found loads of ammunition and 700 cars at the Chad border.