- Elders under the aegis of the Southern and Middle Belt Forum have rejected the removal of Matthew Seiyefa as acting DG of the DSS
- They accused the president of being Nigeria’s most sectional, narrow, parochial and tribalistic leader since 1960
- They said Buhari picked a man who already retired from the DSS to lead, because of ethnic affinity; and stated that the president does not care about Nigeria’s oneness
President Muhammadu Buhari’s removal of Matthew Seiyefa as the acting director-general of the Department of State Services (DSS), has been condemned by some elders under the aegis of the Southern and Middle Belt Forum.
In a statement released on Thursday, September 13, the elders accused the president of dividing Nigeria more than any other leader in the nation’s history, The Cable reports.
Legit.ng gathers that they asserted that Buhari’s action shows his “vote of no confidence in one Nigeria.”
In the statement, the forum described the removal of Seiyefa, a Bayelsa man, who was made acting DG of the DSS after the sack of Lawal Daura over the National Assembly siege, as a “disregard for the conditions precedent for a united Nigeria and an inclusive country.”
They continued: “The I-don’t-care and in-your-face attitude of the president in restoring Nigeria’s security architecture to the provocative situation of having 16 out of 17 service chiefs from his corner of the country is a clear demonstration of the fact that Nigeria for General Muhammadu Buhari is no more than his section of Nigeria and the resources and the constitutionally mandatory votes from other sections of the country.
“Since 1960, Nigeria has never had a leader more sectional, narrow, parochial ,and tribalistic like the current president who went on a global stage to divide Nigeria into 97 percent and 5 percent.
“We have looked critically at the profiles of the acting DG who was removed and the one Buhari just appointed and it is crystal clear that Bichi does not come with any experience close to that of Seiyefa.
“The only qualification for this appointment is therefore only the rabid nepotism of the president which has seen him always masking personal and sectional interest as national interest.
“Besides, Bichi is an out-of-the -system man drafted by Lawan Daura in the days of his nepotism rule at the DSS. The next six most senior persons in line of succession at the DSS after Seiyefa, from our findings, are all southerners, which may explain why the president picked a man who already retired from the DSS to lead because of ethnic affinity.
“That the president went ahead to deep himself further into the cocoon of ethnic irredentism in making this insensitive appointment shows clearly that he does not care a hoot about the unity, cohesion and oneness of Nigeria.
“We reject this appointment and we do not shy in telling Mr President that he no longer pretends that the country is one under him.
“In the last few days, there have been fears coming from the international community about the dangers that would come the way of Nigeria if Mr President returns for another term. With his latest action, we add that the country is not safe in the remainder of his first term."
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Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, September 13, named Yusuf Magaji Bichi as the new director-general of the Department of State Services (DSS).
The new DSS boss is now to take over from Matthew Seiyeifa; and the announcement was made by Garba Shehu, the president’s spokesperson.
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