Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has declared that the people of the State will never be intimidated to surrender governance to political desperadoes, whose four years reign destroyed the economy of the state. The governor, who claims the Department of State Services (DSS), was operating beyond its constitutional mandate, said even if Ekiti State was invaded by one million armed men from the DSS on the order of President Muhammadu Buhari, the State Assembly will not bow to the All Progressive Party (APC).
In a statement released on Sunday by the Special Assistant to the governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said the APC-led Federal Government was pursuing a secret agenda of truncating democracy in Ekiti State. He also added 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.
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 also said that the DSS, in Buhari’s tenure, 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.
He also said the same way President Buhari used the National Security Organisation (NSO), headed by Ambassador Mohammed Lawal Rafindadi, is the same way the President is using the DSS, headed by another of his kinsman, Lawal Daura to harass, oppress and intimidate Nigerians. Governor Fayose said:
It is obvious that democracy in Nigeria is becoming unsafe in the hands of Buhari and his APC. 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!