President Muhammadu Buhari’s weak leadership was a subject of debate at the senate on Wednesday.
Ekiti South Sen. Abiodun Olujimi just couldn’t understand how two security agencies directly under the control of the presidency – the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Department of State Services (DSS) – could be embroiled in a turf war for several months and the presidency is unable or unwilling to take decisive action.
Olujimi said the clashes between the EFCC and DSS is proof that no one is in charge of the federal government.
Her contribution was made during a debate on a motion raised by Sen. Dino Melaye on the standoff between officials of the two agencies yesterday when the DSS prevented the EFCC from arresting Ita Ekpeyong, the former director-general of DSS, and Ayo Oke, the sacked director-general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).
“There has to be someone we can hold responsible when two brothers are fighting, the person that is supposed to be held responsible is not doing his work,” Olujimi said.
“This is the first time we will see gross irresponsibility in government whereby there is no one to come in between two agencies. These two agencies report to one person – the presidency and now we find them fighting on the pages of newspapers, it’s a shame.
“We are calling on Mr President to sit up.”
When Buhari was severely ill, Nigerians demanded to know the full extent of his ailment. However no one queried the fact that a human being so advanced in age could fall sick. However, the president’s failure to put his presidency in order is the subject of much consternation as the pitch by his supporters in the build-up to the 2015 poll was that of a strong leader who would not tolerate the kind of shenanigans prevalent under the Goodluck Jonathan government.
In his contribution, Sen. Melaye said the situation is embarrassing.
“The EFCC went to the residence of the DG of the SSS Ita Ekpeyong to effect an arrest and the SSS stopped the EFCC from arresting him, they created an environmental brouhaha, the whole environment of neighbours were stopped from lawfully gaining entrance to their homes and causing confusion.
“We are not to say who is to blame but to say we have been embarrassed before the international community that two sister agencies will engage in fisticuffs and stoppage of arrest. This is recipe for national disaster.”
The senate resolved to set up an adhoc committee to investigate the matter. The Senate’s history of achieving results through its many adhoc committees does not however give much reason to be expectant.