Many Nigerians were stunned Thursday night when President Muhammadu Buhari approved the appointment of Yusuf Magaji Bichi as the new Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS).
Bichi, whose appointment takes effect from Friday, September 14, 2018, replaces Mr Matthew Seiyeifa who was installed in an acting capacity by Vice-president Yemi Osinbajo after the dismissal of Lawal Daura.
While Buhari was away on vacation in the United Kingdom at the time of Seiyafa’s appointment, he’d withheld his confirmation as substantive head of the state police since his return.
And out of the blue Thursday, the president announced Bichi as the new head of the organisation.
The president’s latest intervention has triggered strong reactions in the polity, with many questioning his motives for appointing another northerner to a sensitive security position, and others amplifying accusations of his alleged ethno-religious agenda.
From notable politicians to public commentators and ordinary citizens, here are some of the reactions on Twitter…
With the appointment of another Northerner, Yusuf Magaji Bichi to heae the Dept of State Security, the safest thing to bet on in @Bet9jaOfficial is that President @MBuhari will always fill any sensitive national intelligence or security position with a Northerner #RenosDarts
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) September 13, 2018
The appointment of Yusuf magaji bichi as the substantive DG of DSS have further proven that buhari is tribalistic. Bubu is a sectional leader, he must be booted out in 2019
— iamolu (@OlumiBello) September 14, 2018
Buhari Appoints Yusuf Bichi As New DSS DG. https://t.co/7F3L69M2WK
UNBELIEVABLE: The new Director of SSS just appointed by Buhari had finished his term and retired about 6 months ago. The next most qualified people are all from Southern Nigeria – a guy… https://t.co/7F3L69M2WK
— HOPE (@NWWOFOR) September 14, 2018
Yusuf Magaji Bichi enlisted in the defunct NSO in 1982. He retired aftr 35 yrs of service in 2017 as Daura's Finance & Admin Director but was retained by Lawal Daura for few months & then released Feb 2018. It's likely thro him Daura will run the agency by proxy. It cld get worse
— Chidi Odinkalu (@ChidiOdinkalu) September 13, 2018
"Yusuf Magaji Bichi" PMB wants to win in 2019. He will not be comfortable having Seifa as DSS Head. We wanted GEJ to sack Jega before 2015 elections, but many people including GEJ wanted to be politically correct, it cost him the Presidency and now costing lives #ItsAPity
— Thomas Enechi (@NaijaCzars) September 14, 2018
Nepotistic @MBuhari has sacked Matthew Seiyeifa the acting DSS, that was appointed by @ProfOsinbajo Buhari has replaced the Bayelsa state man with his brother Yusuf Magaji Bichi. Why couldn’t Lifeless Buhari just leave Matthew Seiyeifa to balance his one sidedness appointments.
— ije1 (@ije12002) September 13, 2018
Yusuf Magaji Bichi appointment shows that President Buhari is the Worst thing that has ever happened to Nigerians.
— Victory Thompson (@Chinonu) September 13, 2018
Buhari, first of his name, appointer of Yusuf Magaji Bichi, Tribal Warlord, Danfodio reborn, the Northern Equalizer… pic.twitter.com/x3eqkNLq6a
— Mr Stanley Nwabia (@MrStanleyNwabia) September 13, 2018
Buhari did not make Yusuf Magaji Bichi DG of Dss wholly due to his believe in the man's competence, but because he need's a Northener who is going to be a zombie for him so that he can carry out all his illegal dealings and political witch hunting.
— TUGREAT (@MOHAMMEDADELEKE) September 13, 2018
If Buhari Respects Osinbajo, He won’t sack Matthew Seiyeifa and appoint Yusuf Magaji Bichi.
But No He doesn’t give a hoot about Osinbajo. Man is just a front man.
— S.F. Adebayo 🇳🇬 (@Sam_Debayo) September 13, 2018
Buhari appoints Masanawa from Katsina as MD of Nigerian Security Printing & Minting Company AND appoints Yusuf Bichi as DG, DSS while sidelining Mathew Siefa the next in rank. Buhari is truly an ETHNIC BIGOT
— BONA LEO (@bonaleo4u) September 13, 2018
Buhari has appointed a new DSS Director. Yusuf Magaji Bichi.
Matthew Seiyefa (Bayelsa) has been replaced.
A vote for Buhari is a vote for ethnic bigotry, jingoism & irredentism. Nepotism, marginalisation, tribalism, favouritism, sectionalism.
Osinbajo is a common commissioner.
— ThankGod Ukachukwu (@kcnaija) September 13, 2018
BUHARI SACKS SOUTHERN DG SSS.
SOUTHERN ENSLAVED APC MEMBERS, how una see am?
President Buhari sacks Bayelsa born Acting Director General of SSS, appoints Yusuf Magaji Bichi as new DG of SSS.
TRIBALISM and NEPOTISM. #RescueNigeria now…
— Bernard Odike (@Bstilito) September 13, 2018
Your Lifeless President is predictable!
Buhari has approved with effect from the 14th of September, the appointment of Yusuf Magaji Bichi (fwc), as new Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS) to Replace Matthew Seiyeifa from Bayelsa.
One Nigeria Indeed!
— B O L A N L E. C 🇳🇬 (@bolanle_cole) September 13, 2018
Hausa Fulani are the owners of this country. They're the number one citizens. Followed by their cows. The rest of Nigerians are only slaves. Stop complaining about the appointment of Yusuf Magaji Bichi as the new DSS DG. You foolishly walked your way into this slavery in 2015
— Sidney Munza (@SidneyMuzanga) September 14, 2018