Following the sack of ex DSS Director General, Lawal Daura by the federal government, over the barricade of the National Assembly by some operatives of the DSS, a civil society group has urged President Mohammadu Buhari to punish those involved in the saga.
In a statement made available to journalists in Lagos, the Center for Law and Civil Culture, CLCC said it was uncalled for that some DSS officials would try to prevent Senators and members of the House of Representatives from performing their legitimate duties.
Signed by CLCC Executive Secretary, Abduganeey Imran Esq, the group stated that what happened at the National Assembly on August 7, “calls for national and international condemnation.”
The CLCC said the action of the DSS amounted to usurpation of the powers of the president, and that “the larger than life image of the ex-DSS boss, Maman Daura, did not only cast a slur on the authority of the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, but has also worsened the already battered image of our dear country among the comity of nations.”
But the CLCC however “commends the prompt decision of Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, to suspend the DSS boss with immediate effect” adding that all security agencies in the country including the Nigerian Police Force “must exhibit highest level of professionalism, impartiality and non-partisanship in carrying out their legitimate duties.”
“The Nigerian security agencies should not be seen as appendages of political parties, religious organizations and ethnic groups, but rather must at all times, be manifestly seen to be carrying out their constitutional duties without fear or favor,” CLCC said.
Failure to do this, the civil society group said further “will be seriously resisted as it is our collective responsibility to prevent any breakdown of law and order, chaos and anarchy.”