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I am writing this
open letter as a concerned citizen, and as the head of CUPS. It is our
aim to espouse for unity, peace, and security of all Nigerians,
irrespective of political, tribal, religious, and gender orientations.
We are the fastest-growing human rights organisation in Nigeria. We have
membership both at home and from the diaspora communities around the
After sixteen darkest years in Nigeria’s history during
which Nigerians witnessed the worst manifestations of corruption,
tyranny, impunity, poverty, deprivation, insecurity, genocide, and
occupation, a historic change has come about. For the first time, we
Nigerians put aside our political, religious, tribal, and other selfish
considerations to mobilise ourselves in millions, and voted you into
office as our last hope.
Your Excellency, the expectations of the Nigerian masses on you are monumental.
the calamitous level of grandeur theft, poverty, and insecurity that
was deliberately inflicted on Nigerians, one of the worst things to have
happened to Nigeria during the Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GEJ)-led
administration was the criminal politicisation of the military, security, and law enforcement agencies based on religious and tribal lines.
from destroying the once-glorious organisation, the politicisation of
the military has lead to the destruction of infrastructure, lives and
property through Boko Haram insurgency – the type Nigeria has never seen
in its 100-year history. It was the politicisation of the military that
led to allocation of whopping 25% of Nigeria’s budget to defence; yet,
there was no tangible return on the investment. The military generals
were busy plundering significant amount of money allocated to defence,
at the same time criminally abdicating from their duties of providing
adequate funding for military equipment, training for rank and file of
personnel, and paying salaries and allowances on time. Worse still, it
could have been the same military generals that connived to provide
financial, military, and logistics support to the Boko Haram insurgents.
If this had not been the case, how does one explain the incapacity of
supposedly the mightiest military in Africa to defeat a ragtag bunch of
Upon your assumption in office, most Nigerians expected to see the immediate dismissal of all the military service chiefs. This includes the DG of DSS and the so-called national security adviser. Furthermore, Nigerians expected military officers from the ranks of colonels to generals to be thoroughly investigated
for treachery, grandeur theft, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.
Those found guilty should have been accorded proper legal protection,
but also swiftly tried, dismissed, and punished according to the
provisions of the law. While your administration has already taken steps
to deal with the military, albeit in a slow pace to the chagrin of most
Nigerians. Nigerians trust your judgment in this matter as a former
military general. Nigerians and foreigners alike laud your bold decision to move the Command and Control Centre of the fight against Boko Haram to Maiduguri.
Excellency, the politicisation of the DSS by the GEJ administration has
been deadly equally on the security of Nigeria and Nigerians. Unless
you take firm decisive actions to restore confidence, discipline and
sense of purpose, Nigerians risk losing the significant gains we
achieved by electing you as president.
As things stand today, the
DSS is operating as a fully-funded and armed private mafia organisation
whose loyalty and sympathy squarely lies with the defunct GEJ
administration, and not with Your Excellency. It is fair to say that we
the Nigerian masses expect you to treat your personal safety and
security as that of all the 180 million Nigerians put together. This is
because you are our last hope for salvation.
successful inauguration, you issued a directive to the army, airforce,
navy, and the DSS to furnish the presidency with the list of personnel
who will constitute the presidential security detail. This was to grant
the presidency enough time to screen the officers before they arrive at
the Villa. All the service chiefs immediately complied, except Mr Ita
Ekpeyong. Instead of complying with the presidential directive, the DG
posted 253 of his selected henchmen to the presidency on Wednesday
10/06/2015 without your approval. The reason for his non-compliance is
best known to him.
Your Excellency, we contend that if the DG is
not prepared to take instructions from the commander-in-chief, then he
is definitely not fit for purpose. Similarly, one Widi Liman, who worked
as one of the 3 PAs to the DG, has been strategically positioned as the
administration officer at the presidency. This is a wholly unacceptable
arrangement, as the risk factor is great.
Your Excellency, this
is not the first time that this DG has shown disdain for professional
works ethics and standards in order to further his ambition of
supporting GEJ’s dangerous political agenda for Nigeria. In August 2012,
while acting with impunity, the same DG masterminded the unethical and
shameful redeployment of 50 DSS officers of northern origin out of the
presidency. Ten officers from the south-west and seven from the
south-east were also redeployed. They were immediately replaced by
carefully-selected DSS officers from Niger Delta.
As though filling up the DSS with his henchmen and women is not bad enough, the current DG operates the DSS like a terror organisation
much worse than Boko Haram. Nigerians know where they stand with Boko
Haram. Everybody knows that they are a blood-sucking Satanic
organisation hired as mercenaries to cause death and destruction in
northern Nigeria. People either take evasive actions to save their lives
or confront them with full force where feasible. Unfortunately, such is
not the case with the DSS. People mistake them for a genuine government
security agency whose job among others is to provide counter-insurgency
intelligence and protect lives and property. Instead of providing
intelligence the DSS under GEJ undermined democracy by rigging
elections. They provided material and logistics support to Boko Haram,
and destroyed human life and property through targeted killings.
Excellency, outlined below are some but not all of the treasonous
offences committed by state directors and other senior officers of the
DSS under GEJ administration.
Marilyn Ogar: In
September 2014, the Australian peace negotiator, Reverend Canon Dr
Stephen Davis, who was appointed by the GEJ administration, made
a startling allegation that the former chief of army staff, Lieutenant
General Onyabor Azubuike Ihejirika, and the former governor of Borno
state, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, were complicit in the Boko Haram
insurgency. Considering the severity of the allegation, and the level of
destruction, a swift and thorough investigation is what would have
ensued if the DSS were an internal security agency worth its ounce of
salt. Without conducting any investigation whatsoever, and without any
regard for due process of law, within 24 hours of that allegation being
made public, Marilyn Ogar went on national television to lambast Dr
Stephen Davis for “blackmailing” two “innocent” gentlemen. She went
further to exonerate Lieutenant Gen Ihejirika and Senator Sheriff of any wrongdoing.
the end of 2014, with total impunity, Marilyn Ogar made several
libelous statements on national television which are completely
unbecoming of her position as the spokesperson of Nigeria’s internal
security agency. On one occasion, without substantiating her allegation,
she alleged that the APC was a terrorist organisation. On another occasion, she alleged
that the APC had offered her “substantial” bribe but she declined to
collect it. The same Ms Ogar is linked to several multi-million
corruption scandals that she has failed to refute. Even the #BringbackOurGirls campaign organisation was not safe from Marilyn Ogar’s treachery.
Abdulganiyu O. Daudu:
The assistant director for internal security (ADIS), heu, in flagrant
violation of his position as a national security officer, organised the
production of a video campaign jingle designed to damage the good image
of His Excellency just before the presidential election. This jingle was
aired several weeks on many television networks supported by the GEJ
Without a legal warrant and any warning, on
Saturday 22/11/2014, a team of armed mobile police and DSS officers
invaded the APC secretariat on Acme Road, Ikeja, Lagos. Computers and
communication equipment worth millions were destroyed. 28 staff working
at the APC IT data centre were unlawfully arrested. This illegal
operation was also masterminded by Daudu, according to the leaked DSS
document sent to CUPS.