Osinbajo, Daura And The Question of Leadership
I learnt that the sacked Director General of the Department of State Service, Lawal Musa Daura is a close friend of the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki.
I also learnt that Daura must have deployed his men in National Assembly on Tuesday to whip up sympathy for his friend whom the All Progressives Congress senate caucus planned to remove on Tuesday.
But in his statement, the acting Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Yekini Nabena said that the security operatives actually invaded the National Assembly to prevent Saraki from causing chaos at the complex.
He also alleged that Saraki brought thugs to the complex. I have watched severally the video clips of what happened at the NASS on Tuesday and could not see a thug except members of staff of the National Assembly and the senators that were locked out of the place.
And despite the drama that happened early on Tuesday at NASS, Saraki was received amidst rousing ovation into the complex on Tuesday afternoon.
The Senate President, no doubt is popular in NASS. But there is discord between the presidency and the ruling All Progressives Congress, judging by the sack of Daura and the recent statement of Nabena.
If at all the DSS had invaded the complex to prevent breaking down of laws as alleged by APC, why should Vice President Yemi Osinbajo approve the sack of Daura?
Either Daura had acted to save his friend, Saraki from impeachment or pretended not to know what was going on at NASS, the DSS boss had eventually lost his job.
The event of NASS has equally shown that Saraki is strong. But another question to ask is why are the pro-Saraki senators, championed by Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, representing Bayelsa East calling for the head of the DSS boss if at all he was acting the script of Saraki?
Anyway, President Muhammadu Buhari watched the whole movie in London and according to an investigation, he actually directed Osinbajo to fire Daura.
Twice has Osinbajo sacked Buhari’s appointees and this happened whenever the president is not around. Recalled the Babachir Lawal’s saga. The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation was relieved of his duty by Osinbajo when Buhari was in London.
This is leadership at work and this is what Nigeria needs more at this time. However, Daura must have enforced the power that is bigger than him this time.
He has offended men, mostly in the judicial circle, which of course is the primary beat of the vice president Osinbajo.
The DSS operatives raided the homes of some judges a few years ago even when Daura had not been given the go-ahead to do so. The report that questioned the integrity of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu before the Senate came from the DSS.
The Bukola Saraki-led senate had capitalized on this report from his friend, Daura to reject Magu on three occasions. However, on Tuesday, their antics boomeranged.