The Presidency says the Department of State Services does not need the permission of President Muhammadu Buhari to arrest persons of interest like a detained activist, Omoyele Sowore.
According to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Garba Shehu since DSS is acting within the confines of its duties as laid down in the Nigerian Constitution, they do not need the permission of the Presidency in all cases to carry out its responsibilities.
The statement noted that Sowore called for a revolution to overthrow the democratically elected government of Nigeria, and thus, Nigerians should not be surprised that Sowore has become a person of interest to the DSS.
The President’s spokesman argued that no government will allow anybody to openly call for destabilization in the country and do nothing.
He further stressed that Sowore is no ordinary citizen expressing his views freely on social media and the internet, but a former presidential candidate, who ran – and lost – as the flag bearer of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the February 23 general elections.
The presidency via its spokesman noted that Nigeria’s democracy was a long time in the making and was achieved after decades of military-led overthrows of government: the kind of situation which he claims Sowore was advocating.
The presidency concluded by stating that any action by the DSS regarding Sowore is lawful, as they are acting within their legal powers.
The DSS does not necessarily need the permission of the Presidency in all cases to carry out its essential responsibilities that are laid down in the Nigerian Constitution – which was the foundation for the restoration of democracy in our country in 1999.
— Garba Shehu (@GarShehu) December 8, 2019