by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Zamfara state government has joined Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU) Youth Wing, in calling for arrest of the All Progressives Congress (APC) party’s Acting Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, over his comment, saying the Department of State Services (DSS) must go after him the way it went after Dr Obadiah Mailafia during his radio interview.
Media aid to the state governor, Yusuf Idris, who made the call in an interview with our correspondent on telephone on Tuesday, said APC is using it to divert attention from its incapability and failure to rescue the country from security challenges.
The media officer also said that the DSS should follow Yekini and ensure that he names the so-called Northwest governor behind the bandits.
The SOKAPU Youth Wing, in a statement signed and made available to journalists yesterday, stated that it “has observed with sadness the deliberate silence of the DSS over Yekini’s statement as against what the secret police did when former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr Obadiah Mailafia, made similar disclosure in August this year.
“The attention of the SOKAPU Youth Wing has been drawn to a statement credited to the All Progressives Congress (APC) Acting Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, that a North-west governor is behind the heightened cases of banditry, abductions and other violent crimes in that zone,” it stated.
The youths lamented that “Dr Mailafia had disclosed during a radio interview some months ago that ‘a current Northern governor is one of the commanders of Boko Haram and behind the increasing acts of insurgency and banditry ravaging the north,’” and was invited many times and accused of threatening national security.
Accordingly, the union’s statement stressed that “It is, however disturbing to note that Yekini’s statement does not seem to threaten national security as the DSS suggested of Dr Mailafia’s disclosure.
“It suffices to say that we live in a state where there are different strokes for different folks. While we, the youths and people of Southern Kaduna, believe the DSS has a responsibility of protecting national security, we also believe this responsibility must be pursued responsibly,” the statement added.
“We, therefore, demand that the DSS, henceforth, desist from this continued distraction, harassment and selective witch-hunting of a law-abiding and a quintessential patriot in the person of Dr Mailafia, who is known for his selfless love and patriotism.
“The DSS should, instead, concentrate on intelligence gathering in curbing and addressing the security challenges facing the north,” it stated.