I was invited by DSS to clarify a few remarks, says former House of Reps speaker

I was invited by DSS to clarify a few remarks, says former House of Reps speaker

- A former speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Umar Na’Abba, has revealed why he was summoned by the DSS for questioning

- The Kano politician was released on Monday evening, August 17, after he was interrogated by the DSS

- DSS had invited the former speaker of House of Representatives, over his comments on the Buhari-led administration

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The former speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Umar Na’Abba, has opened up on why he was invited by the Department of State Services (DSS) for questioning.

The Kano-born politician revealed that he was invited by officials of the secret police agency to clarify certain words that appeared in his address when he criticized President Muhammadu Buhari's administration.

Addressing reporters after questioning at the DSS headquarters in Abuja on Monday, August 17, the leader of a new political movement, the National Consultative, said he was well received by the agency, adding that he enjoyed his visit.

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The ex-lawmaker went on to explain that he clarified the “failed state” and “self-determination" which he used while commenting on national affairs because the meaning of some words can be different from what other persons perceive it to be.

I was invited by DSS to clarify a few remarks, says former House of Reps speaker

Former speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Umar Na’Abba. Photo credit: The Guardian/UGC
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Na’Abba while stating that the interrogation was successful, noted that this was how things are supposed to be. The former lawmaker also said that he had no problems at the DSS as he enjoyed his stay there.

He added that they were both satisfied with the outcome of the questioning and even advised one another.

“In my address, I used the words ‘failed state’ and ‘self determination’. When we say out words, what we mean may be different from what other persons perceive and that was what happened.

What happened was that in their own opinion, I did not use the words appropriately and it is only human to use words not appropriately and I told them that what I meant there is that the indices that characterise a failed state are prevalent with us,” he said.

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the DSS released the former speaker of the House of Representatives who was interrogated for his recent comments on national affairs.

His invitation by the DSS sparked outrage among Nigerians, who accused the Buhari administration of intimidating its perceived opponents.

Reacting to the Na'abba's grilling, the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) accused the administration of Buhari of becoming more intolerant of criticism.

The group made this known in a statement released on Sunday, August 16, and sent to several media houses.

The CNG said that the Buhari administration benefitted from the alleged tolerance of the immediate past administration of Goodluck Jonathan, wondering why the group can't two the same line in its actions.

The group's spokesman, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, also alleged that the Buhari administration is gradually turning Nigeria to a police state.

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