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Why Buhari was defeated in Ondo

…Names Yusuf Bichi as replacement

…Gives no reason for his action

In a military fiat, President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked the acting Director General of the Department of State Service, Mr. Mathtew Seiyefa. His sack takes effect from September 14, 2018.

The President announced the appointment of Yusuf Magaji Bichi, as new Director-General of the Department of State Service, DSS, to replace Seiyefa who has been in acting position since August 6, 2018 when his predecessor, Lawal Daura was sacked by the then Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

President Muhammadu Buhari was then on a medical vacation in United Kingdom while Osinbajo acted as President.

According to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Alhaji Garba Shehu, the new DSS Boss is a core Secret Service operative.

The statement stated that he attended Danbatta Secondary School, the Kano State College of Advanced Studies and the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he graduated with a degree in Political Science.

“The new Director-General began his career in the security division of the Cabinet Office in Kano, from where he joined the defunct Nigerian Security Organization, NSO, the precursor of the present DSS.

“Mr Bichi has undergone training in intelligence processing analysis, agent handling recruitment and intelligence processing in the UK, as well as strategic training at the National Defence College.

“The new DSS boss comes to the job with skills in intelligence gathering, research analysis, conflict management, general investigation, risk and vulnerability operations, counter intelligence and protective operation and human resources management.

“In the course of his career, Mr. Bichi has worked as the State Director of Security in Jigawa, Niger, Sokoto and Abia States.

“He was at various times the Director, National Assembly Liaison, (National War College), Director at National Headquarters in the Directorate of Security Enforcement, Directorate of Operations, Directorate of Intelligence, Directorate of Inspection and Directorate of Administration and Finance.

“He also served as Director at State Service Academy”, the statement explained.

It would be recalled that the Federal Government had named the most Senior Director in the Department of State Service, DSS, Matthew Seiyefa, as the acting Director-General of the service when the former DG was sacked until he was relieved of that position yesterday.

The Presidency had through its official Twitter handle; Presidency Nigeria @NGRPresident announced Seiyefa’s appointment.

It tweeted, “UPDATE: Matthew B. Seiyefa, the most Senior Director in the Department of State Services, DSS, will act as Director-General until further notice.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the then acting President, Laolu Akande, in a short profile of Seiyefa released to journalists, said, “Mr. Matthew B. Seiyefa mni, is the acting DSS boss following the sack of the Director-General of the Department of State Service, DSS, Lawal Daura by Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo while the President was on vacation in London.

“Mr. Seiyefa, who hails from Bayelsa State, was before his new appointment the most Senior Director in the DSS – Assistant DG.

He was also the Director, Institute of Security Studies, Abuja.

“With about 34 years of experience, Seiyefa has served in different capacities, including the State Director in Osun, Akwa Ibom, and Lagos States. Seiyefa is also a member of the National Institute”, he said.

Before Seyeifa’s appointment, the acting President had summoned the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and the former sacked DG DSS, Lawal Daura, to explain the circumstances that led to the invasion of the National Assembly by security operatives.

But after the meeting, the DSS DG did not follow the normal exit route rather he was secretly taken out of the acting President’s office by police officers even without the knowledge of his aides that had accompanied him to the Villa.

Embattled Daura is currently under house arrest in one of the DSS facilities.

Reacting to the sack, Asu Beks, President of Ijaw Media Forum noted that, “What President Muhammadu Buhari has done in appointing another of his kinsman as head of the DSS is the height of the insensitivity.

“With elections around the corner one would have expected a shift from his earlier pro-North disposition. Buhari has continued to demonstrate that he is a President for the North only and this is unacceptable. This recent appointment is condemnable and a slap on our collective sensibilities.”

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