Daura’s sack was a hasty decision — Factional Chairman of Obasanjo’s party


Chief Precious Elekima, Protem National Chairman, New African Democratic Congress (N-ADC), has described sack of Director-General of Department of State Services (DSS), Mr Lawal Daura, as “a hasty decision’’.

N-ADC is a group which on Tuesday, pulled out of the African Democratic Congress (ADC).

Elekima told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that he expected the Federal Government to investigate issues surrounding Daura’s actions in connection with security siege at National Assembly on Tuesday, before sacking him.

The operatives of the DSS had as early as 7 a.m. blocked the entrance of the National Assembly preventing lawmakers, workers, contractors and visitors from gaining entry into the complex.

Reacting to the development, the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, said it was a breach of the Constitution and violation of Rule of Law, adding that it was unacceptable.

Consequently, the government announced the immediate sack of Daura and his replacement by Matthew Seiyefa, the most senior director in the Service, as acting Director-General.

But, Elekima said that such decision was not the best for the security and intelligent gathering of the country.

“Basically, security abstract is not something you can touch.

“The decision of the security chieftain did not in any way create any problem. There is over dramatisation of the entire thing.

“The danger we stand of the use of public opinion to take decisions, playing to the gallery, is that it may discourage other security chiefs from taking proactive action.

“Yes, the sack decision sounds sweet but it is not the best.

“As far as I am concerned, the best that would have happened is that they should have taken time to investigate what happened.”

Elekima said that the incident at the national assembly did not constitute threat to the country’s democracy.

On 2019 general elections, he said that Nigerians must elect government that would be accountable to the people.

The N-ADC chairman said that the country was tired of political calculations that led to election of leaders in 2011 and 2015, adding that “it doesn’t add up’’.

He urged President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the amended Electoral Act, saying it was critical for the 2019 elections.

“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will deliver credible elections in 2019 if the president signs the amendment.”

Elekima added that if the Bill was signed, 90 per cent of the incumbent elected officers would fail re-election because 98 per cent of the results that brought them in were rigged.

“The election results in 2019 will embarrass everybody because we know that Nigerians will vote out a lot of them.”

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.


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