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Aliyu Mohammed Gusau
Aliyu Mohammed Gusau


Lieutenant General (retired) Aliyu Mohammed Gusau is a former Nigerian army officer who was appointed National Security Advisor by President Goodluck Jonathan on 8 March 2010.

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Aliyu Mohammed Gusau
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Date of Birth: May/18/1943
Gender: male
Place of Origin: Nigeria

Early career

The army added his birthplace (Gusau) 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 was Commander of 9 Infantry brigade, Abeokuta (April 1976 - July 1978), Adjutant General of 2 Mechanised Division (July 1978 - September 1979) and Director of Personnel Services, Army Headquarters (October 1979 - November 1979).

From November 1979 to December 1983 Aliyu was Director of Military Intelligence (DMI). He played an important role in the coup that ousted President Shehu Shagari on 31 December 1983 and brought General Muhammadu Buhari to power.

Following the coup he was proposed as overall head of Intelligence, with the support of Chief of Army Staff Ibrahim Babangida, but the appointment was opposed by Buhari.

Buhari confirmed Shagari's appointee Muhammadu Lawal Rafindadi as director of the National Security Organization (NSO), and dismissed Aliyu from the DMI, replacing him with Colonel Halilu Akilu. Aliyu was sent on a training course course at the Royal College of Defence Studies in Britain.

Babangida and Abacha years

Aliyu was a player 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 reorganized the security and intelligence apparatuses, which had fallen in disarray under Rafindadi during the Buhari regime, breaking up the NSO into three organizations: State Security Services (SSS), National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and the Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI).

Aliyu was appointed General Officer Commanding 2 Mechanised Division, Ibadan (December 1989 - August 1990) and Chief of Administration, Defence Headquarters, Lagos (August 1990 to February 1992).

He was Commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna from February 1992 to January 1993. Aliyu became National Security Advisor in January 1993, and was promoted to Army chief when Babangida passed control to the short-lived civilian government of the Nigerian Third Republic in August 1993.

Once General Sani Abacha had consolidated power in November 1993 he replaced Aliyu by Chris Alli as chief of army staff. Retiring from the army, Aliyu became Chairman & Chief Executive of Alpha Public Affairs Consultancy from December 1993 until recalled as NSA by the newly elected President Olusegun Obasanjo in May 1999.

Fourth Republic

With wide influence in both civilian and military circles, Aliyu played a central role in ensuring that the transition to democracy in May 1999 went smoothly.

Aliyu was the National Security Advisor in the crucial period when former political office holders in the armed forces were retired in June 1999, helping Obasanjo assume control of the armed forces as a civilian President.

He remained National Security Advisor during most of Obasanjo's presidency.[4] He left office to compete in the 2006 People's Democratic Party (PDP) primaries for presidential candidate, coming third. The winner, Umaru Yar'Adua, went on to be elected President.

On 8 March 2010, Acting President Goodluck Jonathan announced that he was removing Major-General Sarki Mukhtar as National Security Adviser and replacing him with Aliyu.

A few days later, Aliyu met with the service chiefs in Abuja to discuss the Jos crisis and the security situation in the country. There were rumors that a review of senior army and police assignments could be underway.

Speaking at a seminar in April 2010, Aliyu said the legal system seemed to promote crime and the law enforcement agencies appeared overwhelmed.

He also said that efforts to fight corruption were perceived as selective and ineffective, and some of the agencies had credibility problems since their leaders had been accursed of corruption.

In April 2010 it was announced that Aliyu would seek nomination to be a candidate in the 2011 Presidential elections.

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Author: oniemola
Wed Oct 13 09:29:56 2010

I go into temporary sadness when comentators define Nigeria's political life simply along enthnic or religous divides. Put the leadership and the problems of Nigeria side by side. E.G. corruption: where is the boundary line? North or South? Hausa, Igbo or Yoruba? or the so-called ethnic minorities? Is looting, stealing or pjilfering not crossing social, including gender borders? Are we not witnessing higher scale of democratic looting now than the militocratic stealing of the past.

It looks like Nigeria's main political problem is heinous materialism, that is, acquisition of wealth illegimately by any means, now! now!! now!!! and by leadership… [Read Full Text]

Author: deportedbiafra
Fri Oct 15 17:18:11 2010

I would like to let the world know that one Nigeria option didnt bear any good fruit for 50 years. Nigeria is no longer a nation but nations. There will be three nations to come out of nigeria very soon. The Biafran Liberation organasition <> is on the way to be born.Whenever you think or mention nigeria as a nation,please I beg you,just count the Igbos out,we are Biafrans.short and simple. God bless United States of Biafra

Author: kamolak06
Fri Dec 10 05:21:58 2010

Dear fellow Nigerians,

Iam very disapointed with some Nigerians that crys for war or for Nigeria to be devided, Dear fellow Nigerians Igbos were too much in to each others.The Yoruba,Hausa and Igbos cant do without eachothers. Lets look at the most of investments of Igbos in Lagos alone or in Northern Nigeria the Igbos has a lot to loss than the Yorubas or Hausas. The Yorubas and Hausas are not much in Igbos Land but there are millions of Igbos and their investments in Yoruba, Hausa land. The Igbos can not trade without reaching Lagos,Kano,Kaduna etc. Dear… [Read Full Text]

Author: ebeozor
Sat Dec 18 17:40:37 2010

Sir, you are very right in your analogy of the Ibos standing to loose out the most should anyone try to nurse the idea of dividing the country.. we all know that Nigeria is still trying to recover from the Biafra war. We have to suck it up and find a common ground to work together as a nation. We should start seeing eachother as Nigerians, a nation like USA is great today because they are proud to be called Americans. Not until an Hausa man starts names his child Nduka, a Yoruba man names his child Chiamaka, an Igbo… [Read Full Text]

Author: Beebee
Mon Feb 21 01:07:29 2011

Don't let us wait for God's intervension because it will take time.let do something to slove ur problems.

Author: Beebee
Mon Feb 21 00:44:23 2011

My brother/sisters,Nigeria is pluralistic country,which is blessed is natural resource and great people,but where our problems lies is our polluted mind,if that polluted mind could be clean i.e our currpt rulers not leaders can posses the fear of God Nigeria would a better place to live.God bless NIGERIA!

Author: D.J YAYA
Sun Nov 14 12:07:01 2010

It is indeed unfortunate that out of about 140,000,000 or so,nigeria can only present the like of Gusau,Babangida,Ribadu and co. as presidential candidates.Where is our pride?Where is our conscince?It is clear that my beloved country and it citizenry lack the basic senses of purpose and direction that is required for any meaningful progress.No wonder we look toword these so called leaders that are completely blinded by greed and wickedness for 'leadership'.We're already in trouble and GOD save the soul of the unborn.If I have the means,I would send them[the unborn] a message,that they should change their address, may be to… [Read Full Text]

Author: hmshuwaki
Thu Jan 6 19:45:45 2011

Nigeria and Nigerians need a credible leaders like the most populous honest man like General Muhammad Buhari.Therefore we the youth will not accept any election manipulation called rigging that will destroy the future of our country. Nigerians please vote for the person that will serve our father land with love and strength and faith.

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