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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Dambazzau denies racing for national security adviser position

The former Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen Abdulrahman Dambazau has declared that he is not desperate to take up any political appointments in the country, just as he denied contesting for the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) reports ITRealms.

Gen Dambazzau, made this disclosure on Thursday, saying he is not desperate to hold any political position, and denied rumour that he was  in the race for the National Security Adviser (NSA); a position which was given to retired Major General Babagana Monguno, on Monday by President Muhammadu Buhari.

"What race? There was no race for the office of National Security Adviser (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."

Dambazzau stressed that his relationship with Mr. President does not hinge on political appointment, so whether or not Buhari assigns him a particular office, he had resolved to support the President and ensure he succeeds.

“He is a person I highly respect and I am ready to support him throughout his tenure. I am not doing him a person favour, but I consider it as a duty to contribute in fixing Nigeria. I have immensely benefited 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," he said, warning that some elements are desperate to soil his name.
Over the year, Dambazzau pointed out he has built a very good reputation both home and abroad, and doubt very much if anyone could easily destroy it. 

Such people, he said, should not see him as an obstacle to their ambition, emphasizing that power and wealth belong to God and He gives to whomever He wishes at the time He wishes.

ITRealms recalls that 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 Organization 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.

As a young officer, he served as ADC to the Chief of Army Staff and special Investigator, Special Investigation Bureau of the Military Police. Outside the military, he was a part time lecturer in Criminology in the Faculty of Law, Ahmadu Bello University for about four years. In the last five years since his retirement, General Dambazau has been engaged in business as security consultant and estate development. He is also the Founder and Chairman, Foundation for Victims of Child Abuse (VCAF).

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