- IYC has told President Muhammadu Buhari to resist pressure to sack acting director general of DSS, Mathew Seifa
- It was reported on Monday, September 3, that Seifa was under attack over new posting in the agency
- The group said those calling for the removal of Seifa, who hails from Bayelsa state, were the real enemies of Buhari's administration
The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide on Monday, September 3, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to resist pressure from some quarters in the presidency to sack the director general, Department of State Security (DSS), Mathew Seifa.
The Nation reports that the umbrella body of Ijaw youths told Buhari that persons calling for the removal of Seifa, who hails from Bayelsa state, were the real enemies of his administration, democracy and the collective quest for equity.
NAIJ.com gathered that the secretary general, IYC, Alfred Kemepado, in a statement, described persons plotting to remove Seifa as corrupt and evil.
Kemepado said removing Seifa would reinforce the alleged nepotism against the Buhari administration.
He said the emergence of Seifa as DSS director general presented the Buhari’s administration a golden opportunity to correct the impression of nepotism in his style of appointments.
He said the administration would bungle the opportunity if it sacked Seifa, adding that such action would pit the presidency against the south-south.
He said: “The emergence of Seifa gave the south-south and the Niger Delta a sense of belonging. He has also made us proud because he has performed very well. Sacking him will spell doom for the government and further reinforce the allegations of nepotism against the government.
“We, therefore, describe the rumoured plots to sack Seiyefa as corrupt and evil. Seiyefa was nominated for the top job based on merit and achievements in service and that should not be replaced with nepotism as some quarters are already promoting.
“We call on Seiyefa to shun desperate politicians whose trade is to politicise the nation’s security system. It is becoming obvious that desperate politicians are working tirelessly to thwart the noble achievements of the new DG especially in his reorganisation of the service to fit into its founding principles and values as expected in a democratic society.
He said from Seiyefa’s inaugural speech to his actions has not only shown that he is a thoroughbred, but he his adding value daily to "the President Buhari led government in the areas of respect to human rights and even more. That within the short period of his service, we have built confidence in him and we are willing to work with him.
“We are calling on President Buhari to totally prohibit the politicization of our security system and deal decisively with the promoters of such, especially in these days of various political challenges.
“We thanks President Buhari again for considering a son of the South of Nigeria for the job as it has put to rest to a large extent the agitation of the one-sided appointment of security chiefs.
“Those, who are flaunting nepotism at the expense of national security for their private gains are not just enemies of democracy, but enemies of the President Buhari’ s administration in these challenging times.
“We calls for his confirmation as substantive DG and for the urges President Buhari to protect him to concentrate on his good job”.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that controversy allegedly brewed at the Department of Security Services (DSS) following alleged directive from the presidency asking the acting director general, Mathew Seiyefa, to reverse recent changes he made at the agency.
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