NASS siege: Learn from Lawal Daura’s fall – Senator Amori tells security agencies


A former member of the National Assembly, Senator Ighoyota Amori, has urged all security agencies in the country to learn from the recent siege to the National Assembly which led to the sack of Lawal Daura as the Director-General of the Department of State Service, DSS.

While speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Abuja on Friday, he regretted that instead of professionalism, the incident demonstrated how security agencies were used by politicians, and also depicted an abuse of power by the DSS.

Amori, who is currently the political adviser to the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, applauded the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, for his swift action on the issue “which saved Nigeria from ridicule before the international community’’.

“The prompt sacking of Director-General of DSS by the acting president restored Nigeria’s honor and immediately obliterated the odium the security operatives’ action brought on the country.

“The acting president acted very well in checking that coup against democracy. He did quite well to restore the country’s integrity,” he said.

Speaking further, the former lawmaker stressed that overzealous and partisan security agencies should not be tolerated, adding that “from what we have seen in the incident, this country is just too big for anybody to paint black’’.

Amori said, “What happened in Nigeria on Tuesday was a big shame to the country. They were wielding guns and barring everybody as if they were going to war.

“Imagine the number of members of the international community that condemned the action. It was a minus for the country.”

He urged the Presidency to take serious steps to check the excesses of the security apparatus, saying that, “I don’t think that they are doing the APC government any good by their actions.

“The security agencies are more in the news than politicians and government.

“In civilised societies, we never saw what happened in Nigeria there; it is because our own people are not exposed.

“In the UK or US, you never heard of an IG or so, but here, every day, the IG, DSS and others are all over the place. It is hardly heard of in any society,’’ the former lawmaker said.


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