BY EDMOND ODOK, ABUJA – Former Speaker, Federal House of Representatives, Gha’ali Umar Na’Aba has expressed readiness to honour invitation by the Directorate of State Services (DSS) and offer further explanation on the interview he granted on a national television station last week.
The Secret Service is requesting the Kano-born politician to report at its headquarters in Abuja by 12 noon on Monday, August 17, 2020
Na’Abba is the co-Chairman of National Consultative Front (NCF), a group whose agenda aims at enthroning an all-inclusive government in the country.
According to a statement by the Head of Public Bureau, NCF, Dr Tanko Yunusa, former Speaker Na’Abba will honour the invitation because there is nothing to be afraid of as a statesman
Dr Yunusa, said though current developments seem to suggest the country is gradually sliding “towards a police state”, Na’aba will be visiting the DSS Headquarters with his legal team on Monday by 12noon.
“All NCFront Organs, Structures and Allies nationwide are, by this notice, put on the alert as eternal vigilance is the price of liberty”, the NCF spokesperson said.
Speaking on NCF’s agenda of bringing about a new Nigeria that will work for all, Na’Abba, had during the now controversial TV interview, said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration smacks of incompetence and lack of capacity to deliver on its electoral promises.
Pointing at failures in addressing youth unemployment; growing insecurity; constant killing of innocent citizens daily, the former lawmaker also stated that increased poverty among Nigerians and the country’s debt profile is spiralling out of control under the Buhari administration.
Na’Abba’s invitation by the DSS is coming few days after the Secret police engage former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Deputy Governor, Dr Obadiah Mailafia, in a ‘friendly chat’ on his claim during a radio interview that a Northern Governor is a commander of Boko Haram.
The latest round of invitation being extended to some political actors by the DSS is against the backdrop of the Service claims that there are plans by some unnamed notable personalities in the country to subvert the nation.
The DSS’ spokesperson, Dr Peter Afunanaya, had hinted that part of the plotters’ orchestrations is to engage in divisive activities as well as using inciting statements to pit different groups against each other across the country.
It therefore warned of dire consequences for perpetrators as the Service, in line with its mandate of detecting and preventing threats and crimes against the internal security of Nigeria, would no longer “condone unruly conducts by those who ought to know better”.