New DSS DG: Ijaw youths kick, accuse Buhari of nepotism

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    Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, has rejected the sack of the acting director-general of the Department of State Service, DSS, Matthew Seiyefa, and the appointment of Yusuf Magaji Bichi from Kano in his stead by President Muhammadu Buhari.
    According to a statement by the oresident of the apex Ijaw youth body, Barrister Oweilaemi Pereotubo, he described Seiyefa’s sack as the height of President Buhari’s nepotism and disregard for national cohesion.
    The statement read in part: “The IYC and the entire Ijaw nation therefore reject this appointment. By sacking Matthew Seiyefa and replacing him with a man of President Buhari’s ethnic stock, the president has once more demonstrated that he is an ethnic bigot who does not have any regard for the peace, unity and inclusiveness of all Nigerians in the affairs of the country he governs.
    “This is not the first time Buhari is denying a qualified and competent Ijaw man, who is the most senior in a national security service, his dues simply because he prefers his kinsmen, even when they are off the service. It would be recalled that in October 2015, President Buhari bypassed the most senior officer in the Nigerian Customs Service, Dr Atte Akuama John, who is an Ijaw man, to appoint a retired Nigerian Army officer, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali, as substantive Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Custom Service leading to the resignation of many top officers in the NCS in protest.”
    Information at our disposal reveals that Buhari’s new DG had finished his term and retired about six months ago and the next six most qualified and senior officers in the SSS are Southerners; but because of nepotism and a deliberate policy of ethnic based political domination, like the current customs boss, Buhari went to recall him to the service to replace Seiyafa.
    “With the unceremonious sack of Seiyefa and his replacement with his co-ethnic, President Buhari has demonstrated beyond all reasonable doubt that he is a sectional leader that is only for a section of the north and not the entire Nigeria.
    “We expected Nigeria to be a nation where all citizens, irrespective of their ethnicity, religion or region, would have equal access to public office, but with the sack of Seiyefa, bringing the number of heads of security outfits to 16 northerners out of the 17 in the country, it is clear that the Buhari presidency is nothing but a parochial and sectional one that is against the unity of this Nigeria, especially where we talk about federal character.
    “Finally, we want the world to see the disgusting posturing of Mr President who clearly said in one of his press interviews that there is no way he could favour a three percent of Nigerians against a 97 percent that voted for him in the 2015 elections,” the statement read.

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