- Matthew Seiyefa has revealed that he went through a lot of difficulties during his short spell as DSS boss
- Seiyefa made the revelation at the launch of the Bayelsa Tertiary Education Loan scheme in Yenagoa
- He also said there is inequality in the spread of leadership positions at the federal level
Matthew Seiyefa, former director-general of the Department of State Services (DSS), has revealed that he went through a lot of difficulties during his short spell as the boss of the secret arm of the Nigerian police.
Seiyefa made the revelation at the launch of the Bayelsa Tertiary Education Loan scheme in Yenagoa, ThisDay reports.
He also said there is inequality in the spread of leadership positions at the federal level.
Seiyefa was the DG of the DSS for a short while after Acting President Yemi Osinbajo sacked his predecessor, Lawal Daura following the invasion of the National Assembly.
He was compulsorily retired by President Muhammadu Buhari after the president returned from medical vacation in the United Kingdom.
Seiyefa attributed his survival in the years that he spent at the DSS to the sound education he got while growing up, noting that although his promotion was sometimes delayed unjustly, he could not be ignored for too long by the powers that be.
He stated that in the last days before his retirement, John Pepper Clark, a notable scholar, and Seriake Dickson, governor of Bayelsa state, stood solidly behind him.
“I want to thank two people who encouraged me during that period, Prof. JP Clark, who was in Lagos and constantly, encouraged me not to give in but to stay and His Excellency, our dear governor,” he said.
He continued: “When I look back at my own story, the secondary school that I attended made all the difference. And for the young people, at the corporate and federal level, the years ahead will be very tough, the competition will be very fierce and hard.
“At the moment, at the federal level, critical agencies are thinly spread, our presence is very little. At the corporate level, we are virtually nowhere, but those are opportunities for us because we cannot all be here struggling for crumbs, we need to be out there too.
“But how to be there and survive to depend on education, the quality of education you have. I went through a lot of difficulties, but the education I had put me through.
“Because you are from here, you are already disadvantaged. But if you are also poorly educated, then that is double jeopardy and you will be doubly endangered.
“As it is, we are poorly represented at the federal level. Since you are already disadvantaged coming from here, if you don’t have quality education, then you don’t stand the test of time.”
Seiyefa is currently the pro-chancellor of the Niger Delta University in Bayelsa state.
Meanwhile, Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom has commended Nigerians over the release of human rights activist and pro-democracy campaigner, Omoyele Sowore, as well as former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki.
Ortom in a statement sent to journalists on Wednesday, December 25 by his media aide, Terver Akase, stated that the dogged clamour of Nigerians led to their release.
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