President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged by the Arewa Youth Assembly to immediately fire the Director-General of the Department of Security Services (DSS).
At a news conference in Abuja, the group made the appeal, stressing that Nigerians should support the new Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) policy and keep their attention on the task at hand.
Recently, the CBN under Godwin Emefiele revealed its choice to redesign and distribute some naira note denominations.
The CBN claims that the strategy is intended to combat inflation, corruption, and concerns with the hoarding of naira notes by individuals, as well as battle banditry and the abduction for ransom industry.
Also, to forestall the future harbouring of naira notes by individuals, the CBN came up with another policy pegging N100,000 and N500,000 as the maximum cash individuals and corporate organizations, respectively, can withdraw weekly.
The apex bank claims that this will assist to prevent instances of vote buying because many politicians are said to have stockpiled funds that they plan to utilise for this sinister purpose.
However, both chambers of the national assembly have openly called for reversing the policy or extending the implementation date.
They questioned how Gudaje Kazaure, a member of the House of Representatives, could boast in public that he had ordered the head of the DSS to detain Emefiele for six hours.
In a Brekete Family Program interview with Human Rights Radio, Kazaure asserted that he once gave the DSS DG the order to hold Emefiele for six hours.
“If this is true, this is a pointer to the reason why Nigerians are being killed daily, yet, our intelligence team is unable to get timely information to avert the same. As most of them are now in bed with politicians and available for use to tackle their opponents,” the youth group said.
“The agents of darkness have resorted to using security as a convenient gateway to remove [Emefiele] from office and possibly pave the way malleable person to succeed him.”
“Ordinarily, we wouldn’t have joined issues with our grandfather, the Director General of the DSS, who is from our region, we are disturbed that if the claim by Rep Kazaure that he gave him instruction to detain the CBN Governor is true, it means, our father is sharing his loyalty with another person different from President. If he has any iota of patriotism left in him, he ought to resign.”
“Nigerians that are enduring the burden of hardship caused by the doubling of the price of premium motor spirit got a feeling of relief when the DSS mandated both the NNPC and oil marketers to make the product available.”
“Their order has not been complied with. As you all know, everything in Nigeria is dependent on oil; hence, the manipulation of subsidies via artificial scarcity should be seen as the greatest threat to National Security which should be tackled with immediate effect. This is the leading cause of inflation and growing poverty in the country, which, when not tackled, can lead to national anger.”
“Rather than DSS staying true to their order and ensuring that fuel is made available to Nigerians, their inability to act has made Nigerians lose confidence in them.”
“This is coupled with the hasty way Tukur Mamu, the Media Aide to Sheikh Gumi, was arrested on trump-up charges of link with the terrorists that derailed the Abuja-Kaduna bound trained. They have since withdrawn all charges against him for want of evidence.”
“We sympathize with service, as there is no way the DG will be recalled from retirement to do the work of energetic men that are less than 60 years. Every day the service keeps manifesting the fatigue that comes with the old age of its head.”
“World Bank, Internal Monetary Funds (IMF), African Development, and other development partners [should] pay special attention to what is happening in the central bank of Nigeria and its governor, to ensure that his tenure is not truncated on false charges.”
“Those with looted funds in their houses should find a way of depositing such monies in any commercial bank rather than trying to use a back door approach to knock off the CBN governor and get the policies reversed through their lackey.”
“The judiciary to remain steadfast in defending the spirit and letter of our constitution, as they are the last hope of the common man.”
“President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently sack the DG of DSS to pave way for more energetic Nigerians, to help fight against insecurity.”