Buhari Removes DSS Chief- And The Outrage Only Grows Worse
President Buhari has appointed a new Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Magaji Bichi.
Bichi was named yesterday but his appointment takes effect from today (Friday) September 14, 2018.
The new DSS boss takes over from Matthew Seiyefa (pictured), who was appointed in an acting capacity on August 7, 2018, following the sacking of the former boss, Lawal Musa Daura.
Daura himself was relieved of his position by the then Acting President Yemi Osinbajo after he approved an illegal invasion of the National Assembly by hooded operatives of the secret police.The appointment of Bichi has, however, drawn criticism, with Southern and Middle Belt leaders saying Buhariís outright disregard for a united country has taken on a new dimension.
In a statement by Chief E.K. Clark (South South), Chief Ayo Adebanjo (South West), Chief John Nwodo (South East) and Dr Bitrus Pogu (Middle Belt), the group said the I-don’t-care attitude of the president on Nigeria’s security architecture, where 16 out of 17 service chiefs are from his corner of the country, is unfortunate.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 per cent and 5 per cent.
The statement continues:
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 ënational interest.
Besides, Bichi is an out-of-the-system man drafted by Mr. Lawan Daura in the days of his nepotistic 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 had already retired from the DSS to lead because of ethnic affinity.That the president went ahead to dip himself further in 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. Lastly, we ask Mr. President, are we still one county?