OrderPaperToday – The reported invasion of the Ekiti State House of Assembly and ‘arrest’ of four lawmakers by the Department of State Security (DSS) has elicited strong reaction from the governor.
Governor Ayo Fayose has blasted President Muhammadu Buhari saying he is using the security outfit to hound political opponents and those who disagree with him.
The governor in a statement by his special assistant on public communications and new media, Lere Olayinka berated the DSS saying it has derailed from its mandate of providing intelligence to protect the country.
Fayose who said Ekiti may review the presence of the DSS in the government machinery of the state, vowed that the people will rise up to challenge any invasion by one million armed men of the security service on the orders of President Buhari.
According to him, “the government of Ekiti State may have to reconsider the usefulness of men of the DSS in the government house and other institutions of the State government.
“If Buhari likes, let him relocate all DSS men in Nigeria with the entire ammunitions in their armoury to Ekiti, the will of Ekiti people can never be broken. They will only try, and like they have always done, they will fail because dictatorship has never triumphed over the people.
“Even Buhari’s dictatorship between 1984 and 1985 ended one day and Nigerians will also outlive his present dictatorship.”
The governor pointedly accused the DSS of failing in its mandate, saying “instead of
assisting the Police, Military and other security agencies with classified matters, we now have a DSS that is running after perceived opponents of the president, arresting goat and fowl thieves as well as husbands who assaulted their wives.
“If the DSS was alive to its responsibilities, we won’t be having Boko Haram insurgents killing Nigerians, all these kidnappings and Fulani Herdsmen killings, raping and destroying farmlands in the South-West, South-East and North-Central zones in the country would have been nipped in the bud.”
Fayose also called on Nigerians and the international community to note threats to democracy in the country with the DSS and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) being used by government to harass political opposition.
He said: “It is obvious that democracy in Nigeria is becoming unsafe in the hands of Buhari and his APC and those keeping silent now because of politics may also end up in the belly of this roaring lion that is threatening to consume our democracy.
“Therefore, Nigerians and the international community should take special notice of the use of the DSS and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to muscle opposition.
“As for me, I wish to say once again that I am not among those Nigerians that are afraid of harassment by any agency of the federal government.
“I make bold to state that in the overall interest of democracy and well-being of Nigerians, I will continue to speak my mind on issues bordering on governance in Nigeria. I will not be intimidated!”