The Guardian reliably learnt that the nomination of the former Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha, was in line with President Bola Tinubu’s resolve to reposition the security architecture.
Al-Mustapha, who aspired for the presidency on the platform of Action Alliance (AA), had deplored the security situation in the country, particularly when former President Muhammadu Buhari held sway.
While delivering a keynote address at a roundtable on “Contemporary security challenges and their effects on 2023 general election”, he had warmed that Nigeria was sitting on a keg of gunpowder owing to pervasive arms and hard drugs in circulation.
Stating that the trend posed danger to the polls, the soldier-turned-politician disclosed that Nigerians needed to start asking questions on whether the cache of arms was meant to reinforce insurgency.
According to him, several victims of insurgency still litter over the country.
He had said: “There are leadership deficit in Nigeria at all levels. The next leader must have shock absorber, because this country is sitting on a keg of gunpowder.”