Elder statesmen from the south and central Nigeria have blasted President Muhammadu Buhari over the removal of Matthew Seiyefa as the Director-General of the Department of State Service, DSS.
The leaders noted, in a statement obtained by CHECKPOINTCHARLEY Thursday night, that since 1960, Nigeria has never had a leader ” more sectional narrow, parochial, and tribalistic” like Mr. Buhari, whose action they said has further shown that he does not believe in a united Nigeria in which state duties are conducted with fairness and equity.
Mr Seiyefa, from Bayelsa State (South-South), was replaced by Yusuf Bichi from Kano State (North-West) on Thursday and he will resume duties on Friday, the presidency said in a statement.
Seiyefa, the most senior official at DSS, was appointed on August 7 by then acting President Yemi Osinbajo after ex-DSS DG Lawal Daura, audaciously sent operatives to lockdown the National Assembly for political reasons.
His appointment was well recieved by rights activists and pro-democracy campaigners and majority of Nigerians, who grumble over the concentration of Nigeria’s security aapparatus in the hands of Mr. Buhari’s tribesmen.
Mr. Seiyefa’s sack has elicited outpour of criticisms by Nigerians on Social Media. The majority are at a loss why president Buhari, with six months to the General Election, quickly nullified the appointment made by Mr Osinbajo, which placed a southerner in the top national security position for the first time since Mr Buhari took office in May 2015.
In the statement by the elder statesmen, they said the president by his action has dismantled all precedents that engendered a united Nigeria in order to satisfy his sectional inclinations.
Read their full statement below:
Appointment of new DG-DSS: Buhari’s vote-of-no-confidence in One Nigeria.
The outright disregard for the conditions precedent for a united Nigeria and an inclusive country which President Buhari has become well known for was taken to a new height this evening with the removal of the Acting DG of DSS,Mr Matthew Seiyefa and replacement with Mr Yusuf Magaji Bichi from Kano.
The I-don’t-care and in-your-face attitude of the President in restoring Nigeria 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.
New SSS DG Yusuf Bichi
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 % and 5%”.
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 Mr 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 are 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.
Lastly we ask Mr President: Are we still one county?
Chief E.K Clark.
Chief Ayo Adebanjo
Chief John Nwodo.
Mr Bitrus Pogu