“The Job is Tough”: NSIB DG Sacked by Tinubu Says He Lost His Marriage, Got Death Threats

“The Job is Tough”: NSIB DG Sacked by Tinubu Says He Lost His Marriage, Got Death Threats

  • The former NSIB DG has complained bitterly of how his job cost him his marriage and made him step on toes
  • Akin Olateru, who was relieved of his job by President Tinubu recently, apologised to members of staff he might have offended in the course of doing his work
  • During a short handover ceremony to Alex Badeh, appointed as the new NSIB DG, Olateru noted that he used his position to groom people and build a better name

Legit.ng journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

On Monday, December 18, the immediate past director-general of the Nigerians Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB), Engr. Akin Olateru, said he lost his marriage due to his dedication to the job.

Engr. Akin Olateru, Tinubu, NSIB DG
Engineer Olateru has handed over to Alex Badeh, the new NSIB DG appointed to replace him. Photo credit: Akin Olateru
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According to Olateru, the job was very demanding, but he did not envy the new person taking over from him.

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He made this assertion during a short handover ceremony to the new DG, Alex Badeh, Daily Trust reported.

Recall that Olateru was appointed in January 2017 as commissioner of the then Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), which has metamorphosed into NSIB with an expanded mandate to investigate air, rail, maritime and land transport accidents.

He was sacked last week by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who immediately appointed Badeh as his replacement.

Speaking further, Olateru maintained that he was leaving NSIB far better than he met it.

However, he said this did not come without making enormous sacrifices, which cost him his marriage.

Olateru said:

“This is a journey we started January 17, 2017, it’s been a long walk but one thing I can say is to give Almighty God, the creator of heaven and earth, all the glory. It was a tough one. We went through so much. I personally went through so much because this job is not an easy one so I don’t envy him. To people that don’t know I lost my marriage in the course of work. I received death threats many times because I was trying to do the right thing. That is why it is very important to thank God for this journey.”

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In another development, Legit.ng reported that President Tinubu sacked Kabir Yusuf Mohammed as the managing director (MD) of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

In a statement released on Wednesday evening, December 13, Ajuri Ngelale, presidential spokesperson, said Tinubu appointed Olubunmi Oluwaseun Kuku as the substantive MD of FAAN to replace Mohammed.

The president also removed Tayib Adetunji Odunowo as the MD of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA).

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Meanwhile, on Thursday, October 19, President Tinubu ordered the sack of some heads of government agencies under the Ministry of Information.

Chief Ajuri Ngelale, the special adviser to the president on media publicity, made this known through a statement issued on Thursday.

According to the statement shared by @DOlusegun, an aide to the president on social media via X page (formerly Twitter), Tinubu immediately appointed their replacements with immediate effect.

Source: Legit.ng

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