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Buhari ADC sacks DSS operatives, calls in the army; extra news

The inter agency rivalry between the Department of State Services and the Nigerian Army came to head, yesterday, as the Aide de Camp to the President, Lt. Col Abubakar Lawal ordered personnel of the DSS out of the villa. The incidence which happened at the residence of the President at the Presidential Villa was extended to all other points that had been manned by the personnel of the DSS. But the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said what happened was a realignment of security around the President which entailed that members of the armed forces would man the inner perimeter of the President security while operatives of the DSS would man the outer perimeter. It will be recalled that since assuming office as the President, there has been an intense rivalry between DSS personnel and the army over who is to provide close body security to the president. It is unlikely that the constitution will take the initiative away from the president to determine who protects him. However, Buhari has every reason to want to change most of the rot he met in office. What is seriously needed is not just a change of guards but a complete overhauling of our armed and security forces as well as the rest of the superstructure called Nigeria.

The All Progressives Congress choice for the post of Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan, seems to have lost out as the North-East caucus of the party in the Senate has picked Senator Ali Ndume for the post. But the Senator representing Osun Central Senatorial District, Olusola Adeyeye, was unanimously endorsed by the South-West caucus as the chief whip. The need to have a senator from the South-South among the principal officers of the upper chamber of the National Assembly, also threw up Francis Alimikhena as the deputy Whip. Adeyeye’s name was on the list of principal officers approved by the APC leadership as contained in a letter addressed to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki. Adeyeye’s unanimous choice by the Southwest caucus is proof that senators who are APC dissents aren’t throwing away the baby with the bath water. There still is some redemption for APC if wisdom is applied.

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday in Abuja, vowed that billions of dollars stolen from government coffers by past government officials would be recovered by his government. Speaking with state governors during his maiden meeting with them at the State House, President Buhari said what happened in government in the recent past was worse than what happened during the Second Republic which led to the overthrow of the Shagari administration, but promised that he would do his best to restore sanity to the system. Buhari also said yesterday, that his administration has received firm assurances of cooperation from the United States and other countries on the recovery and repatriation of funds stolen from Nigeria. Yesterday’s meeting was at the instance of the governors in a bid to address the crippling economic situation in some states which was responsible for non-payment of salaries by several states. Without a determined recovery of the stolen funds, Buhari’s government would go a-begging for even the most basic money needs. Worse still, under his watch, governors and other public servants will keep looting unless he makes an open show of shame of all looters.


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President Buhari's Day One resumption at Aso Rock
President Buhari’s Day One resumption at Aso Rock

President Muhammadu Buhari’s engagement with State House correspondents last Monday was an unprecedented encounter being the first time a sitting president in the Fourth Republic would have a parley with his media constituency. In his first coming as a military leader, Buhari won a reputation for his hostility to the press. That hostile relationship was climaxed by the jailing of two prominent journalists, Nduka Irabor and Tunde Thompson for alleged violations of that junta’s media law, Decree 4. Indications of Buhari’s new birth were first given by the rapport between him and Mr. Thompson who now ironically in his elderly years was one of the media handlers of Buhari’s success at the presidential elections held on March 28. To succeed in office, no matter how good his intentions are, a transformed Buhari needs a supportive mass media with a social responsibility and developmental journalism orientation.


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