Since the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, two weeks ago, kicked out from office, the Director General of the Directorate of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura, over the unauthorized siege of the National Assembly by his men, Nigerians have continued to commend him for a step in the right direction.
Every right thinking citizen of this country will agree that the siege of NASS was a very bad idea and has angered not only Nigerians but also outraged the international community, particularly the European Union and United States of America. Due to the shock it gave them, all rose in total condemnation, describing it as a brazen violation of the rule of law and a threat to democracy. They expressed serious concern and disbelief at the type of democracy being practiced by Nigeria. There is no doubt that the flagrant disregard for the rule of law was not only about the principal officers and members of the legislative houses, but a disgrace to the entire country. We as a nation reaped the bitter fruits instantaneously, as evident in media images relayed around the world, images that shamed us as a democratic nation. The siege was also an act of cowardice by those seeking control of power at all costs and by whatever means.
What beats our imagination is that this show of shame and brazen assault on democracy and the legislature could have been authorized by the head of a federal agency, realizing that the law-making institution, more than any other arm of government, represents the will of the people and an assault on it is an assault on Nigeria. We applaud the courage of the Acting President, Prof Osinbajo who took the bull by the horns by sacking Daura to serve as a deterrent to others like him. Nigerians are calling for what happened to Daura to be extended to other overzealous security operatives like him, who have abused their positions and acted outside the ambit of the law on a number of occasions. The activities of some security agencies have got to a stage that Nigerians have begun to wonder it they were set up to protect the citizenry or to make life more miserable for them.
It is for this reason, that we also commend Osinbajo for directing the Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris to overhaul the Special Anti-Robbery Squad ( SARS). We sincerely believe that the solidarity demonstrated by Nigerians and other people of goodwill across the globe during the siege has shown the hawks trying to highjack and derail our democratic rule that they can never have their way. What remains now is for the Acting President to take steps to set up a high powered body to investigate the incident with the aim of fishing out and prosecuting the culprits so that security operatives would henceforth act only within their bounds. Our law enforcement agencies, whether DSS, EFCC, or SARS must be intelligent driven and conduct their operations in strict adherence to the rule of law and with due regard to international human rights law and the constitutionally guaranteed rights of suspects.