-says; “DSS going beyond its constitutional duties”

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has declared that even if the
State was invaded by one million armed men of the Department of State
Service (DSS) on the order of President Mohammadu Buhari, the
government and the people of the State will never be intimidated to
surrender governance of the State to political desperadoes, whose four
years reign destroyed the economy of the State.

The governor, who said the DSS under President Buhari was operating
beyond its constitutional mandate, 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.”

In a release issued on Sunday and signed by the Special Assistant to
the governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka,
Governor Fayose said the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal
Government was pursuing a clandestine agenda of truncating democracy
in Ekiti State and other Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) controlled
States like Rivers and Bayelsa.

He said; “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

The governor said the DSS under Buhari’s kinsman; Lawal Daura 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 adding that; “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 said the same way President Buhari used the National Security
Organisation (NSO), headed by Ambassador Mohammed Lawal Rafindadi from
Katsina State 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 and 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

“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!”