The alleged move to remove the Director General of the Department of State Services, Mathew Seiyefa, from office has been kicked against by Southern leaders.
Feelers throughout last week was that with the return of President Muhammadu Buhari from his 10 days vacation in the United Kingdom, the stage was set for the reversal of Seiyefa’s appointment.
A story by PRNigeria on Sunday also indicated a move by some powerful forces in the Presidency to have the sacked DG of the secret service, Lawal Daura, return to office.
But the Southern and Middle-Belt Leaders Forum has warned against such a plot.
In a statement signed by its spokespersons, Yinka Odumakin (South-West), Senator Bassey Henshaw (South-South), Prof. Chigozie Ogbu (South-East) and Dr. Isuwa Dogo (Middle Belt), the SMLF said it would have ignored the reported plan to remove Seyeifa “but for the clannishness, sectional proclivity and exclusive handling of the security architecture of the country by President Buhari in the last three years.”
It said it was aware of the alleged plot by Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, to have Seiyefa out of office, warning that it would be resisted.
It said: “He (Buhari) had defied all protestations from all well-meaning Nigerians in making appointments into all key and sensitive security positions in sectional and kith-and-kin affairs in a very insensitive and ‘you-can-do-your-worse-manner’ that until the recent sacking of Lawal Daura, 16 out of 17 service chiefs were from his corner of the country.”
The group said the failure of BUhari to comment on Daura’s removal from office since his return from the UK was a confirmation that he was not pleased with the action taken by the then Acting President and Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
It said the removal of Daura could be the last straw that will break Nigeria’s unity.
The statement said: “The rest of the country has lived with the insensitivity of Mr President in handling the security architecture in the last three years with equanimity.
“It may be necessary not to overstretch it by removing the acting DG and stopping the professional reorganisation in the DSS because it is not in tandem with the ethnic domination script of Mr President. It may turn out the proverbial last straw.”