Ijaw Youths from the Nine States of the Niger Delta region have Monday, faulted the alleged moves by the Presidency to remove Mr. Matthew Seiyefa as the Director General of the Department of Security Services (DSS) and reinstate the sacked Lawal Daura.
According to the Ijaw Youths, though the President Muhammad Buhari has the power to hire and fire heads of security agencies as the Commander in Chief, the President’s power must also follow corresponding Federal character principle which the alleged removal of Matthew Seifa as DG, DSS will violate.
The Ijaw Youths under the Umbrella of the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC), worldwide through its President, Comrade Eric Omare, argued that the plot against Mathew Seifa and the people of the Southern region, ” it is unthinkable and an affront on the sensibility of Nigerians for the Presidency to contemplate sacking Mr. Seiyefa and reinstate Mr. Lawal Daura,”
According to the statement issued yesterday to newsmen via email, Comrade Eric Omare claimed that the alleged plot to sack Mathew Seifa is as a result of some reform he embarked upon within the Service.
According to the IYC, ” the attention of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide have been drawn to multiple newspaper reports to the effect that the Presidency is shopping for the replacement of the new Director General of the State Security Services, Mr. Matthew Seiyefa as a result of some reforms embarked upon by the new SSS DG who was appointed less than one month ago.”
“It was also reported that the Presidency through the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari has ordered Mr. Seiyefa in a letter dated August 30, 2018 to reverse some of the postings that were done and not to taken any further action towards repositioning the security agency without the approval of the Presidency.”
“Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazzau (Rtd), the current Minister of Interior is alleged to have been penciled done to replace Mr. Seiyefa as the Director General of the State Security Services or to reinstate Mr. Lawal Daura, the former SSS DG.”
“While the IYC recognizes the fact that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has the power to hire and fire head of security agencies in the country, we wish to state that the President also has a corresponding mandatory constitutional duty to ensure that such appointments are in line with the federal character principle.”
“At as today, Mr. Seiyefa is one of the few heads of security agencies in Nigeria from the southern part of the country; hence it would amount to grave violation of the federal character principle of the constitution to replace Mr. Seiyefa who was appointed less than a month ago with a northerner as alleged.”
“In addition, it is unthinkable and an affront on the sensibility of Nigerians for the Presidency to contemplate sacking Mr. Seiyefa and reinstate Mr. Lawal Daura, the sacked SSS DG. This cannot be contemplated or happen in any sane society.”
” It would interest Nigerians to know that at the time Mr. Daura was sacked as SSS DG, there were hundreds of Nigerians from different parts of the country that were languishing in SSS detention without trial. And part of the first step Mr. Seiyefa took in compliance with his maiden media briefing to uphold the rule of law and reposition the agency was to start the process of releasing some of the persons illegally detained and reform the agency to achieve professionalism.”
” These actions taken by the new SSS DG has earned the praise of Nigerians especially lovers of human rights and democracy. Hence, we are surprised that the Presidency is contemplating to sack such a man who has brought sanity to the agency that was notorious for violation of human rights under Mr. Lawal Duara”
“It seems obviously that the Buhari administration has a hidden agenda to implement his anti-democratic military decrees of 1984 through which many innocent Nigerians were arrested and detained without trial and any security chief who is not ready to subtly implement such anti-democratic actions is shown the way out.”
“Consequently, the IYC strongly call on President Buhari to put a stop to the satanic plan by the Presidency cabal to replace Mr. Seiyefa as Director General of the DSS because there is no basis for it. Mr. Seiyefa is doing a great job in repositioning the SSS and what he deserves is encouragement from the Presidency and not replacement”
“Furthermore, under no circumstance should Mr. Lawal Daura, the notorious human rights violator be reinstated as DG SSS because that would amount to taking Nigerians for a ride.”