PDP to Buhari: Over­haul all in­tel­li­gence agen­cies

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Saawua Terzungwe

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.

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