Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Ministry Of Defence Denies Gusau Has Quit

The Ministry of Defence has issued a terse press statement claiming that the Minister of Defence, Rtd. Lt Gen Aliyu Gusau, has not resigned. The two-paragraph, two-sentence statement, signed by Shehu Maikai, Director Press at the Ministry, said it wished to "state, categorically, that the minister has not resign his appointment," and thanked all those who called to "verify the rumour."

SaharaReporters had reported earlier today that the Minister had tendered his resignation following his discovery he did not have the respect of Nigeria's military chiefs. Deputy Minister Obanikoro subsequently confirmed to our correspondent that there had been a disagreement between Gusau and the military chiefs, but did not elaborate.

Since tendering his letter of resignation, Gusau has been under considerable pressure by President Goodluck Jonathan to rescind the decision.

SaharaReporters stands by its story.