Azazi is New National Security Adviser

THISDAY Newspaper

Abuja/New York — President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday approved the appointment of General Andrew Owoye Azazi (rtd) as the new National Security Adviser (NSA).

This came two days after the president promised to overhaul the nation's security apparatus following last Friday's bomb blasts in Abuja.

And in a major boost to the anti-terrorism efforts of the government in the face of these attacks, the United Nations Security Council has urged all countries to cooperate "actively" with Nigeria.

Azazi, a former Chief of Army Staff and later Chief of Defence Staff, took over from the acting NSA, Colonel Kayode Are (rtd), who held the position temporarily follwong the resignation of Gen. Aliyu Mohammed Gusau who is now a presidential aspirant in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Ima Niboro, said Azazi had a rich and illustrious career in the military during which he rose to head the Nigeria military intelligence as Director of Military Intelligence (DMI).

He was General Officer Commanding 1 Infantry Division, Kaduna in 2005, from where he was appointed Chief of Army Staff by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in June 2006. He rose to become Chief of Defence Staff and retired on August 28, 2008.

Azazi, born at Peretorugbene in present Bayelsa State on February 1, 1952, had his early education in old Bendel State where he attended Government College Bomadi and graduated in the class of 1968, after which he joined the Nigerian Defence Academy Regular Combatant Cadet-Course in 1972.

The full text of the UN Security Council statement issued by Council President Ruhakana Rugunda of Uganda read thus:

"The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist bombings that occurred in Abuja, Nigeria, on 1 October 2010, causing numerous deaths and injuries. They expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the victims of this heinous crime and to their families, and to the people and Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
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"The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of its motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed, and further reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. The members of the Security Council reminded States that they must ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law.

"The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Nigerian authorities in this regard.

"The members of the Security Council reiterated their determination to combat all forms of terrorism, in accordance with its responsibilities under the Charter of the United Nations."


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