Governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, has said he will not be intimidated by officials of the Department of State Services (DSS), who were allegedly sent by President Muhammadu Buhari to conduct a raid in the state house.
Recall that operatives of DSS invaded the Assembly on Friday evening, during the sessions of various committees of the House, shot into the air and abducted four members of the House to an unknown destination.
The governor, in a statement released by his media aide, Lere Olayinka, said that the Buhari-led administration will only try to intimidate him, but will never succeed.
He expressed concern over the activities of the DSS under President Buhari, saying that the security agency was overreaching its constitutional mandate.
Fayose, however, warned that 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.
The statement read, “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 if the state was invaded by one million armed men of the Department of State Services (DSS) on the order of President Muhammadu Buhari, the government and the people of the state will never be intimidated to surrender governance of the state to political desperadoes, whose four years reign destroyed the economy of the state.”
“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. Even Buhari’s dictatorship between 1984 and 1985 ended one day and Nigerians will also outlive his present dictatorship.”
“The DSS under Buhari’s kinsman, Lawal Daura, has abandoned its core mandate of providing intelligence for the protection of the internal security of Nigeria as provided in the Security Agencies Act Cap. N74 LFN, 2004. 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.
“The same way President Buhari used the National Security Organisation (NSO) headed by Ambassador Mohammed Lawal Rafindadi from Katsina State is the same way the President is using the DSS, headed by another of his kinsman, Lawal Daura to harass, oppress and intimidate Nigerians.
“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 (EFCC) 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!”