The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, has stated that Acting President Yemi Osinbajo’s sack of the immediate past Director-General of the Department of State Services, DSS, Lawal Daura, was unanimous decision.
Osinbajo had on August 7 directed the termination of the appointment of the Daura and directed him to handover to the most senior person in the organisation. The dismissal followed the siege on the National Assembly on Tuesday by DSS operatives. The presidency said the siege, which has been condemned by most Nigerians, was not authorised.
Speaking with State House correspondents after the meeting of the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday, he pointed out that it was not possible that there would be no unanimity between his principal and the Acting President when it came to such a decision.
“What we will like to say for the umpteenth time is that the presidency is one. Whenever the President is proceeding on vacation, he transmits power to the Vice-President, who then becomes the acting President. On this occasion, he also did that.
“So the acting President has all the powers of a President. Now it’s a matter then of decency and we know that the acting President is a decent man. There is no tussle for power; there is no tough battle between him and the president.
“When something like what happened yesterday happens, there will be unanimity. There is no way there won’t be unanimity on that kind of decision. It’s not something that will be discussed with the press, but know that there was unanimity in the decision,” Adesina said.
Meanwhile, Matthew Seiyefa has since assumed duty as the acting Director-General of the DSS, as his appointment has been announced by the presidency.