Gen Aliyu Mohammed Gusau
The chance of becoming the flag-bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the 2019 Presidential election may be in great danger for Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar if revelations from an investigation undertaken by olikareporters.com is anything to-go-by.
An aide to one of the former leaders who spoke with olikareporters.com on the condition of anonymity, revealed that there have been series of meetings in Niger state, FCT and Ogun state where the “quartet” of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Generals Ibrahim Babangida and Abdulsalami Abubakar, as well as Dr Goodluck Jonathan where the option of sponsoring a former National Security Adviser to President Jonathan, Gen Aliyu Gusau is highly being considered as it is reasoned that with the deteriorating security situation in the country, only an ex military intelligence officer like Gusau could be trusted with the presidency in 2019.
Olikareporters.com learnt that the idea of supporting Atiku for the ticket was said to have caused serious disagreement within the former leaders until a former military leader suggested the name of Gen Aliyu Gusau.
Accordingly to our investigation, Gen Gusau is said to be a top intelligence officer who understands the acts of terrorism and the more advanced ways to stem the tide.
Our source asserted that Zamfara state born ex-military officer has already gotten the nod of the former leaders, but what is left is selling idea to the PDP top hierarchy, particularly the governors who are said to be divided between Atiku and a serving Governor at the moment.
He said: “You must agree with me that Gen Gusau has the experience and capacity to take the country out of this daily bloodbath which the APC government under Gen Buhari has plunged the nation into”.
Abdulsalami Abubakar, Ibrahim Babangida and Olusegun Obasanjo
“It is then correct for me to add that the former leaders are very much comfortable with the idea of having him on board, but the truth is that, the governors are going to be told and advised on the need to support Gusau, but again, they will definitely have their say”, our source concluded.
When olikareporters.com asked if the age of Gen Gusau won’t be an issue, considering the fact that he is almost as old as President Buhari, our source said: “Gusau
was born in 1943, I don’t think he is too old to lead Nigeria… He is strong, looking young, fit and mentally sound for the task”.
Aliyu Mohammed was born on 18 May 1943 in Gusau, Zamfara State. The army added his birthplace to his name, making “Aliyu Mohammed Gusau”, to distinguish him from another General, Aliyu Mohammed.
Although Aliyu does not himself use “Gusau” in his name, it has been widely adopted by the media.
He enrolled as an officer cadet at the Nigerian Defence Academy in 1964 and was commissioned into the Nigerian Army as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1967.
A retired Nigerian army officer who served in many senior level security, defence, and military roles. He was most recently Minister of Defence, served as National Security Adviser to 2 different presidents, Chief of Army Staff, headed different intelligence agencies, and was Commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academ.
Aliyu played a pivotal role in the coup of 27 August 1985, when Babangida replaced Buhari. In the lead-up, due to the influence he had acquired as DMI, Aliyu was placed under intense surveillance and in turn placed pressure on the coup leaders to act swiftly.
After the coup, Aliyu was appointed Director of the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) and Acting Director-General of the NSO from September 1985 to August 1986, then Coordinator on National Security from August 1986 to December 1989.
He reorganised the security and intelligence apparatuses, which had fallen in disarray under Rafindadi during the Buhari regime, breaking up the NSO into three organisations: State Security Services (SSS), National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and the Directorate of Military Intelligence (DM)