Former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd) has stated that he was not desperate about becoming President Muhammadu Buhari’s National Security Adviser, NSA.
General Dambazau, who was until last Monday widely-believed to have been tipped to be the next NSA declared yesterday that he is not desperate to hold any political appointment in the country.
The ex-COAS, who is close to president Buhari, has been part of his(Buhari’s) team to many state functions and meetings, denied that he was in the race for the NSA, a position which was given to retired Major General Babagana Monguno by President Buhari.
While clearing the air on this perception yesterday, Dambazzau stated: “There was no race for the office of the NSA, and if there was one, I was not a contestant. For very good reasons, people may have their expectations, but that should not be translated as mine. Of course, I will be glad to work for the president if he assigned me any task or appoints me in any capacity he feels I can contribute towards the success of the government.
“This is especially because I was the CPC Chairman of the Security Committee in 2011 and he personally appointed me and also in 2015 as Director, Intelligence and Security of the APC Presidential Campaign Council.
“At any rate, the President has the prerogative to appoint any person of his choice to any of the available positions, but in the final analysis, it is God that determines who becomes what. My prayer therefore is for the Almighty God to guide President Muhammadu Buhari in this very important task of nation-building He has given him.”
Speaking about his relationship with the President, the ex-COAS said, “My relationship with Mr. President does not hinge on political appointment. Whether or not he assigns me to a particular office, my resolve to ensure that he succeeds remains unshakable. He is a person I highly respect and I am ready to support him throughout his tenure.
“I am not doing him a personal favour, but I consider it as a duty to contribute in fixing Nigeria. I have immensely benefitted from Nigeria after reaching the peak of my career as a General and commanded the army, and acquired the highest educational qualification (PhD), it is only reasonable to consider this opportunity as a payback time.”
Gen Dambazzau is currently a Senior Visiting Fellow of the Centre for Peace, Democracy and development, University of Massachusetts, Boston, as well as a fellow and Associate of the Weatherhead Centre for International Affairs, Harvard University.
Before he retired from the Army as the 17th Chief of Army Staff in 2010, he was the General Officer Commanding, GOC, 2 Division, Ibadan. Before then he was the Chief of Army Standards and Evaluation; a Directing Staff and Director, Higher Military Organisation and Operations at the then National War College; Principal General Staff Officer, PGSO to the Hon Minister, Ministry of Defence; Chief Instructor, Support Weapons Wing, Nigeria Army School of Infantry; Academy Registrar, Nigeria Defence Academy, NDA; Commander, Provost Groups of 3 Division and 1 Division, respectively.

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