- President Buhari is reportedly not planning to reinstate Lawal Daura
- Daura was removed by Professor Osinbajo while the president was in London
- The president reportedly said he is satisfied with Osinbajo's decision
President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly ruled out the reinstatement of the former director-general of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura, who was removed by then-acting president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
The Nation reports that this is despite pressure from some members of the president’s kitchen cabinet.
A source reportedly said the president has no plan to bring back Daura and that the argument has now shifted to the possible retention of the new acting director-general, Mathew Seiyefa.
The source said: “The forces pushing for Daura’s reinstatement have lost the battle because the President has foreclosed his return. The President has no plans to bring back Daura under any guise. He believes this administration is one and will not overrule his deputy. He is a man of discipline and not an ethnic bigot.
“What happened is that some ministers, a few kitchen cabinet members and influential people close to the President sneaked into London to meet with Buhari to overturn Daura’s sack. They alleged that Prof. Yemi Osinbajo sacked Daura before informing the President who was on vacation.
“They were not aware that the President and the Vice President had discussed the fate of Daura and some security chiefs at least two weeks before the President proceeded on vacation in London. The two leaders had agreed on the need to effect a few changes. Osinbajo acted in line with the template set by his boss and acted appropriately.”
A former head of state and a minister reportedly spoke to the president while he was still in London advising him not to reinstate Daura.
“A former Head of State and a minister in the kitchen cabinet advised the President to ignore these influential forces pushing for Daura’s return in view of the democratic mileage the administration scored with his removal after the unauthprised invasion of the National Assembly by hooded DSS operatives.
“The ex-Head of State warned on the diplomatic and international implications of reinstating Daura. The Minister also minced no words in confronting those who wanted the ex-DG back in office," the source added.
A source also said President Buhari was in support of the decision made by Osinbajo.
The source said: “While it is true that the Vice President sacked Daura before informing the President, it was in line with the earlier decision by the two leaders to tinker with the security apparatchik.
“There was a template which the President would have worked on after the vacation which Osinbajo implemented. Osinbajo informed the President of the action he took and the President endorsed it because the Presidency is one.
“So, when Daura acted against democratic norms, he was invited to the Presidential Villa by the Acting President. While seated in a part of Osinbajo’s office, waiting to see the VP, his removal.
“He was then escorted out of the back exit of the VP’s wing to a safe house for debriefing. There were no altercations in any manner between the VP and Daura.”
Meanwhile, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is said to be preparing to probe the sacked director general of the Directorate of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura, over an alleged N17 billion fraud.
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It was learnt that the money was left behind by Daura’s predecessor, Ita Ekpeyong. It was alleged that Ekpeyong received N20 billion from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) at the end of former president Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
Daily Trust reports that Ekpeyong allegedly converted N17 billion into United States of America (USA) dollars, which he left behind when he handed over to Daura.
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