Thursday, 13 March 2014

How IBB, David Mark Intervened To Stop Gusau From Resigning

Moments after online news portal, Saharareporter broke the news on the resignation of the minister of defence, Lt.-Gen Aliyu Gusau, the Presidency and the Ministry of Defence denied the report stating that Gusau still remains the minister in charge of defence.

But the denial notwithstanding, The Punch in a report said it gathered that minister was on his way out of the cabinet of President Goodluck Jonathan but for the pressure mounted on him at the instance of President Jonathan.
Sahara Reporters had reported that Gusau threatened to leave office instead of being ridiculed by Badeh and others.
According to the report, the minister, in company with the Minister of State for Defence, Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro, were said to have been “talked down by the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, at a meeting between him and the service chiefs, a development that led to his decision to resign.
But the report by Punch said Jonathan had to quickly call for the intervention of the Senate President,   David Mark, and a former dictator, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida to make the minister have a rethink.
Punch report said
It was gathered that the intervention of the two men was    at the instance of  President Goodluck Jonathan. The President was said to have asked the two men to appeal to Gusau  not  to leave  his government.
It  was further learnt  that Jonathan , who   considered  the move by the minister  to leave office as ridiculous,  also  asked  him (Gusau) to reconsider his position.
Apart from this, the President   reasoned that  his resignation    could  affect the image of the Federal Government negatively.
Our  source said, “This was the reason the President asked  Mark and Babangida to intervene by speaking with Gusau, which they did.
“The two of them spoke with Gusau and he agreed to stay back. The issues he raised that  made him want   to leave office are  being resolved. I know that sooner than later, heads would roll in the military.”
The source   confirmed that Gusau, who probably had an antidote to curb the bloodshed in the North-East, had summoned a meeting  with the  security chiefs  on how to change  military  strategies  in the zone.
“I can tell you that the military and everybody were surprised that Gusau  wanted  to leave the job. Although his threat of  resignation would be denied by the Ministry of Defence, I can tell you that they won’t tell you the details of what transpired,” the source added.

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