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NSA denies accusing El-Rufai of divulging classified information

By Odita Sunday, Abuja
23 April 2022   |   4:06 am
The Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) has denied media reports, which claimed that its helmsman, Babagana Monguno, accused the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai of divulging classified information.

El-Rufai. Photo/facebook/nasirelrufai

The Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) has denied media reports, which claimed that its helmsman, Babagana Monguno, accused the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai of divulging classified information.

A statement by the ONSA, made available its Head of Strategic Communication, Zakari Usman, said the reports quoted the NSA out of context and should be disregarded.

The statement read: “The attention of the Office of the National Security Adviser was drawn to some online news reports following a press briefing at the end of the Security Council Meeting held on April 21, 2022.

“The reports quoted the National Security Adviser, Maj. General Babagana Monguno (rtd) out of context. The NSA did not at anytime during the briefing criticise and accuse Governor Nasir El-Rufai of divulging classified information as reported.

“These reports are verifiably false, sensational and misleading. For the avoidance of doubt, the NSA was not referring to Governor Nasir El-Rufai in his comment on the protection of sensitive operational information.

“The NSA while responding to a question had observed that it portends a danger to security operations if indeed it was true that security agents are in the habit of revealing unauthorised sensitive operational details as alleged.

“Governor Nasir El-Rufai has been a consistent and exemplary partner to the security sector. It is, therefore, illogical and uncharitable for anyone to suggest that the NSA would discredit him in the manner reported.

“Consequently, this office wishes to reiterate the need to imbibe conflict sensitive reporting and for media and social media stakeholders to resist the instant gratification of disinformation.
 
“The general public and particularly the media are advised to disregard these reports and access the complete video of the press briefing session for accurate information.”