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Address by de John-service Award

Address by de John-service Award

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ADDRESS BY DE JOHN, fwc CHAIRMAN OF THE 2008 SERVICE AND ENDOF YEAR PARTY held on 20
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Today marks another milestone in the history of this Service.It is a day we have gathered to celebrate our end of year party and Service awards.This is a celebration with a difference. We have never in the history of the Serviceopened our doors so wide socially for even eminent retired staff and friends of theService to wine and dine with us. Before today, this was considered impossible. Weare here to celebrate achievements, exemplary leadership, foresight, commitment,dedication, the labours of our heroes past and history.After all there comes a time when closed societies begin to open up to let infresh air to enliven its members, who under suffocation, resort to all sorts of clandestine activities to free themselves from all clutches. (China and USSR).Distinguished guests, our social doors have been thrown wide open today. Some of you and the agencies you represent are the principal consumers of intelligencebaked in our ovens across the country. We believe that variety is the spice of life.This gathering will reveal to you that besides intelligence, the SSS can also bakeother things which you can equally consume. Ladies and gentlemen, history is onparade today and we cannot ignore the makers of that history.We are talkingabout the history of the SSS from the NSO days and the menand women who stood up to be counted. They are very many and we could not haveinvited all of them. However, the lady and gentlemen here today broadly representall of them. We are talking about our founding fathers and mothers, our strategicthinkers and builders, men and women who ignite so much pride in us as
 
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professionals. They imbued us with discipline, patience and loyalty. We are talkingabout our mentors, we are celebrating our heroes. We cannot forget our past as thedialogue between the past and the present should remain unending.For those aspiring to be SSS official historians or institutional memories, theseare the people you need for an excursion down memory lane.i. General ABDULLAHI MOHAMMED - The first DG NSO who was the Chief of Staff under Chief Olusegun OBASANJO's regime;ii. Alhaji Umaru ALlYU SHINKAFI; the first DG NSO under a civilianadministration;iii. Chief Albert Kurubo HORSFALL; Last ADG NSO, first DG NIA, the 5
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 DGSSS. He was the first Executive Chairman of OMPADEC. Hisappointment as OMPADEC Chairman from the SecurityIntelligence seatwas a clear recognition of the nexus between security and development.He issimply a brand when you talk of security intelligence; iv.Chief Peter Chukwuma NWAODUAH - First Nigerian National SecurityAdviser to the Gambia and 6
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DGSSS.v.Peter ODUKWE - Last DIS and first ADG, NSO;vi.Chief Jonathan .0. OBUSEH - The towering Director of Intelligence whois popularly known to friends as Smokie Joe. Although he caressedCigars very well, he never jumped into the boxing ring like Smokie JoeFrazier. He never suffered fools gladly.vii.Chief Okechukwu Israel Taiwo NJEMANZE - He was the only 'Israelite'in the Service and has remained the first and the last Director of 
 
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Protective Security (DPS);viii.Umaru USMAN - He was very self-effacing and outdating.ix.Tina IYOHA, An avowed female rights activist,she was the first woman substantive Director in the Service and also the first female Director of Directorate of Counter-Espionage and Security (DCES); x.Bello LAFIAJI - A super detective, he was the first SDS Katsina state andthe immediate post Chairman of the NDLEA;xi.and SB IBRAHIM - He was the first Director of Economic IntelligenceDirectorate, was also the National Security Adviser to the Government of Gambia and remains the only SSS staff to have gone on secondment inanother federal agency. Iwant to state with all sense of humility, that this regeneration, openness andfriendliness would not have been possible if not for the vision of A.A. GADZAMA(OON mni), the DGSS. This is what I simply call "GADZAMAISM". Unlike USSRwhere Glasnost and perestroika hastened its disintegration, Gadzamaism willstrengthen SSS. I graduated from the University of Ibadan (UI). I love University of Ibadan very much but there issomething I like about the University of Nigeria,Nsukka (UNN),its Motto which reads, "To Restore the Dignity of Man" this is exactlywhat the DG has been trying to do since his assumption of office. He has restoredhope and faith in the Service and the dignity of the staff has been restored.Ladies and gentlemen, you are vey much welcome to this gathering, relax andsavour what we have in stock for you. Thank you very much.

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