- The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has lamented over the removal of Mr Matthew Seiyefa as the boss of the Department of State Security (DSS)
- The umbrella body of all youths of Ijaw descent worldwide said the Seiyefa's removal is a a show of President Muhammadu Buhari’s profound nepotism
- Buhari had removed Seiyefa and replaced him with Yusuf Bichi as the new boss of the intelligence agency earlier this week
The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has described the removal of Mr Matthew Seiyefa and choice of Yusuf Bichi as the new boss of the DSS as a show of President Muhammadu Buhari’s profound nepotism.
The group said the appointment was a true reflection of the president’s ethnic bias and which it said had been on display since he was sworn in on May 29, 2015.
Secretary-General of the IYC, Alfred Kemepado, in a statement sent to journalists, wondered why the president would appoint a man who had finished his term and retired over six months ago, in place of a ‘very qualified Matthew Seiyefa’ who it insisted was already doing a fantastic job.
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IYC alleged that the next set of most qualified persons who should have been appointed were all from southern Nigeria, stressing that because of his sectional interest, the president went shopping for Bichi who had already retired.
“The IYC condemns the president for his insensitivity, outright disrespect and disregard for people of the south. With this provocative action, it has become obvious that Buhari no longer pretends about his dislike for the concept of 'Nigeria for All Nigerians'.
“We also charge members of the president’s cabinet from the south to protest the appointment of the new DSS helmsman by walking out of the government. By doing so, they will be demonstrating their patriotism,” the group stated.
It added: “The removal of Mr. Seiyefa, who is by far more experienced and qualified for the number one DSS job should not be forgiven and forgotten.
“IYC calls on people of the region not to consider the president as an ally when it comes to their development.
“That the president has shown disrespect and consistently assaulted our collective sensibilities even in the way he has treated members of his cabinet from our region, shows his disdain for our people.”
According to the IYC, it is now obvious that despite the groundswell of criticisms against the president’s actions flouting the principle of federal character in the past, “this latest decision only points to the fact that he (the president) is pursuing an agenda.”
Similarly, some elders under the aegis of the Southern and Middle Belt Forum had condemned Seiyefa's removal.
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 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.”
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