Baba Kamara Unmasked

If there is any political bombshell that has been dropped in recent times, then it is the shakeup that paved the way for the exit of Mr. Prosper Douglas Bani, the immediate past Chief of Staff.

Mr. Bani was shown the exit last Sunday after persistent calls on the President to get rid of him as the supervisor of all appointees.

Lots of people had issues with the fired Chief of Staff who many saw as not a true party person to handle such a sensitive position.

Mr. Julius Debrah, former Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, is now the Chief of Staff.

One new appointment that came as a big shock in the shakeup is the appointment of Alhaji Baba Kamara as the National Security Adviser.

Hitherto, he was a Senior Presidential Advisor (Political and Special Duties) to President Mahama.

It has now come out that the President did not appoint Alhaji Kamara out of the blue as the quiet unassuming man has a rich background in security and intelligence matters.

As a matter of fact, the new National Security Adviser has qualifications and training in intelligence management, gathering and analysis from the States of America.

A core National Democratic Congress (NDC) member, Alhaji Kamara, who is a well-known businessman, The Enquirer gathered, has training in security Services of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Further attempts by The Enquirer to delve into the background of the newly appointed National Security Advisor revealed that he holds Executive Master’s Degree in Governance and Leadership, which he obtained from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPS).

Aside from that The Enquirer gathered that Alhaji Kamara has a certificate in national and International Security which he obtained from the United States.

Further checks revealed that Alhaji Kamara is presently pursuing an Executive Master’s in Conflict, Peace and Security studies at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center (KAIPTC) at Teshie in Accra.

In the same shakeup saw the former National Security Adviser, Mr. William Aboah, being pushed to the Narcotic Control board (NACOB) to oversee moves to turn the board into a commission.

The former CID is also to serve as chairman of the NACOB when the board is constituted.

Mr. Johnny Osei Kofi, who was serving as the Deputy Minster, will now serve as the Deputy Chief of Staff.

Meanwhile, The Enquirer has it that the President would spring another surprise in the coming days in connection with the appointments of persons who would replace Dr. Raymond Atuguba and Mr. Doste Malor.