‘More to unfold after Lawal Daura’s sack’, hints top Buhari aide, as new DSS boss moves to re-position agency

By EDITOR on August 8, 2018

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Acting President Yemi Osibanjo

Indications have emerged that Acting President Yemi Osinbajo’s Tuesday summary sack of former Director General of the dreaded Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura is just the first in a diet of actions to brighten Federal Government’s image.

On the flip side, it is also to buoy up the acceptability of the President Muhammadu Buhari in the international community thereby increasing the chances of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the 2019 general elections.

A top President Muhammadu Buhari aide working in the office of the Vice President (now Acting) told SOUNDBITE NEWS that Nigerians should expect more actions that will check the excesses of some functionaries whose activities have done avoidable damage to the electoral chances of the president.

Mr. Daura was sacked after hooded DSS operatives laid siege on the National Assembly complex preventing lawmakers, journalists and NASS civil servants from entering the building on Tuesday. It was only after his sack that the siege was lifted on the orders of the Presidency.

Against insinuations and conspiracy theories that Lawal Daura’s sack was contrived and could be reviewed and reversed when the president returns from his vacation abroad, the aide who begged not to be named because he is not permitted to speak on such sensitive issues, insisted that the Presidency under Muhammadu Buhari was very intact and indissoluble. He said it has a fighting chance of proving that it is not a lame-duck presidency.   

‘’The sack of the former DSS DG is just the first in the series of actions which are coming to reposition the image of the Federal Government as far as governance excellence is concerned. More actions will unfold in the course of time.

Mr. Lawal Daura’s sack for the embarrassing and condemnable events at the National Assembly on Tuesday is just a tip of the iceberg. The summary sack is the penalty for his unbridled infraction against democratic order. The government has therefore shown that it is no haven for impunity. Under our democracy, there is no substitute for constitutionalism and the rule of law,’’ the top aide said. 

 Asked why the former DSS boss was not suspended, queried and reprimanded, the aide said that contrary to insinuations in some quarters, President Buhari is a stickler for discipline in public office, pointing out that it is the Acting President that had, in many cases, prevailed on his boss to hold fire. He maintained that the Mr. Lawal Daura’s sack is signed, sealed and delivered.

‘’Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, unknown to many, has been the balancing factor in this government because of the considerable confidence he enjoys from the president on account of his integrity, humility and loyalty.

‘’Lawal Daura’s summary sack underscores the gravity of his unauthorized actions as far as the Federal Government is concerned. It is also to send clear signals that the so-called cabal in the Presidential Villa is indeed not untouchable.

‘’Going forward, we earnestly expect that in the coming days, weeks and months, this (sack) action will cascade down the line and send the right signals to all and sundry. The new DSS boss has been mandated to do the needful by repositioning the nation’s foremost secret service and burnish its image as an agency that aligns with global best practices’’, he said.

Meanwhile, the new acting Director General, Mr. Mathew Seyeifa is believed to have moved to redress what a source described as ‘observable abnormalies’ in the running of the state intelligence agency. He declined to unveil actions already taken by the new appointee to redress the battered image of the agency but he hinted that they were far-reaching moves which many Nigerian will applaud.

Mr. Seyeifa who hails from Bayelsa State was until his appointment the director in charge of the Institute of Security of Security Studies (ISS) , the elite training institution of the agency which was created in 2005. Shortly before his assumption of duties on Tuesday as the most senior director at the DSS, he had a strategic briefing with the Acting President in the Presidential Villa.

Widely described as a deep, calm, seasoned and highly professional officer, he has had a meritorious career spanning 34 years having served as director of operations between 2007 and 2010 during the tenure of Mr. Afakirya Gadzama. He had also served as director of SSS in Lagos Osun and Akwa Ibom States. He is a member of the National Institute.

 

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Posted on August, 8 2018

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