Stop Bedevilled Mailafia, Secondus Warns DSS
NEWSMAN, Abuja – National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, has charged the Department of State Services (DSS) to stop harassing the former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Obadiah Mailafia.
in a statement by Secondus media aide, Ike Abonyi, told the secret police organization to try to be abreast of the mood of the time in a democratic dispensation and learn to accommodate dissenting views on issues.
The main opposition leader said that the continuous invitation of the former CBN topnotch is disrespectful of his status and unmindful of his contributions to the development of the country.
Secondus further said that the good ingredients of democracy is that citizens must be allowed to have their say even when they cannot have their way on any issue.
DSS in traumatizing Mailafia is trying to intimidate the people from airing their views on issues.
He said that he finds it distasteful following the continued harassment of somebody who served this country at such a high level just because he has a view different from that of the government on an issue, Thisday reported.
The PDP boss warned that no amount of pressure will deter the people from expressing their feeling under a government that has clearly lost focus and direction.
It was recalled that Mailafia, who has been battling with security operatives in the wake of the claim he made during his interviewed on a radio station last month that a serving governor from the north is a commander of the Boko Haram sect.
Arrived at the DSS office in Jos for his third invitation yesterday around 11 am, regain his freedom about 2.50 p.m, when he emerged into the waiting embrace of his sympathisers who had thronged the DSS office.
Earlier before he entered the premises of DSS, Mailafia had said: “I am ready to perish for speaking the mind of millions of Nigerians over the incessant killings of innocent citizens going on currently in the country.
Mailafia speaking with journalists after his release, he commended the DSS officials for their professionalism in the discharge of their duties, saying DSS exhibited high sense of professionalism in the way the operatives handled the matter as was not maltreated or intimidated in any manner, but urged them to ensure that this should be the last invitation to him on the issue.
“Let me say that this has nothing to do with politics, I spoke in the interview as a citizen of this country who loves the people of this country. Thousands of innocent people have been killed in this country in Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Katsina, Kaduna, Niger, Southern Kaduna, Benue and Plateau State where we are today. I am the voice of the holy martyrs and if I perish, I perish.”
“I don’t know why I have been invited again, this is the third time that they invited me to their office and I honoured them. There have not been any instances that warrant any crisis in the country after the interview, which I granted a radio station in Lagos. Once again, they have invited me, so as a law-abiding citizen of this great country, I honourably honoured their invitation.
According to him, “What l said has nothing to do with politics, I only spoke as a free citizen of this country and as such, l am the voice of the thousands of the voiceless of the citizens of this country. Muslims and Christian youths have taken and accepted me as their voice. So, I am the voice of the holy martyrs, so if l perish, l perish. God help Nigeria.”
However, his counsel, Yakubu Bawa, added that there was no doubt that the constant invitation of Mailafia by DSS had inflicted psychological trauma on him, and expressed hope that this would be the last invitation extended to him.