The Southern and Middlebelt Leaders Forum has condemned President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointment of Mr Yusuf Magaji Bichi from Kano state and the sack of former Acting DG of DSS, Mr Matthew Seiyefa.
Recall that Seiyefa had taken over from Mallam Daura who was sacked by Vice-President Yemi Osibajo over the unathorised national assembly siege.
Speculations were however rife that President Buhari was not pleased with Seiyefa’s appointment and was looking to replace him.
This speculation was confirmed last night by a statement from the President-s spokesperson and made available to newsmen indicated that the new DSS DG is a core Secret Service operative.
However, this appointment is generating a lot of uproar in the polity especially among southerners who are saying that President Buhari by this move has confirmed allegations of nepotism and ethnic bigotry levelled against him.
The forum in a letter signed by Elder statesman Chief Edwin Clark and made available to newsmen on Thursday, condemned in strong terms the President’s action, prompting them to pass a vote of no confidence on his one Nigeria rhetoric.
A copy of the of the statement is reproduced below.
PRESS SRATEMENT BY SOUTHERN AND MIDDLE BELT LEADERS FORUM
Appointment of new DGDSS: 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 .
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.
SOUTH SOUTH Chief Ayo Adebanjo
Chief John Nwodo.
SOUTH EAST Dr Bitrus Pogu