PDP to Buhari: Overhaul all intelligence agencies
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to overhaul the management, administration and operations of the Department of State Service (DSS) and other intelligence agencies in order to improve on intelligence gathering techniques against the terrorists.
The party said it was concerned about the resurgence of terrorism and renewed attacks on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), following last Friday’s bombings in Nyanya and Kuje satellite towns of the territory.
A statement yesterday by the PDP acting national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, said the party’s checks revealed that poor intelligence gathering by the DSS and other relevant intelligence group constituted part of the reasons why the insurgents are still operating in the country.
The PDP said the DSS under the current DirectorGeneral, Alhaji Lawal Daura, did not seem to be in full grip of the intelligence situation.
The party added that this was traceable to the alleged “avoidable distractions occasioned by the flagrant use of the agency for political assignments” since the emergence of the new Director-General.
It also stated that there was “administrative disharmony” within the service resulting in the erosion of professionalism, harmony and loyalty among the personnel.
The erstwhile ruling party also said the nation could not afford a retrogression from the gains already made in the fight against terrorism due to the failure of what it called a “disorganized, improperly coordinated and distracted intelligence agency” that was not able to live up to its billing.
“It is on this note, therefore, that we urge President Muhammadu Buhari, as a matter of urgency, to take a critical look at the situation in the DSS, overhaul its management, administration and operations to ensure that the required leadership and spirit needed to operate optimally exist in the agency.
“We wish to note that our position is beyond politics. Security is a matter that concerns all Nigerians irrespective of political, religious and ethnic affiliation and must be taken seriously in the general interest of our dear nation.
“This nation belongs to all of us and we, as citizens and critical stakeholders must join hands, irrespective of our political differences, to ensure that we give the federal government the required support in the fight against terrorism in our country,” the party added.