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Buhari’s government has been hijacked, says Senator

The Senator said President Buhari is not in-charge of his government.

Senator Biodun Olujimi has blamed the clash between four security agencies in an attempt to arrest Ayo Oke and Ita Ekpeyong in Abuja on the President Muhammadu Buhari’s “lack of control” over his government.

Olujimi stated this while contributing to a point of order raised by Senator Dino Melaye on the matter on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.

Senator Melaye had brought the matter to plenary describing it as an “international disgrace” and “recipe for national disaster.”

His words: “The EFCC went to the residence of the former director general of the SSS Ita Ekpeyong to effect an arrest and the Director of State Security stopped the EFCC from arresting him. That created environmental brouhaha. The whole environment and neighbours were stopped from lawfully gaining entrance into their homes because of this confusion.

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“Same yesterday, the EFCC wanted to arrest the former DG NIA, Mr. Oke. Also, the officers of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency stopped that arrest. We will recall that the Director of SSS has written this Senate before now on Mr. Magu, the Chairman of EFCC.

“We are not here to say who is at blame. We have been embarrassed before the international community. That two sister agencies will engage in a fisticuff. Arrest and stoppage of arrests. Mr. President, this is a recipe for national disaster,” he added.

Similarly, Olujimi urged President Buhari to call “his boys” to order.

She alleged that President Buhari’s government had been hijacked.

“Right now, we have a situation whereby nobody is in charge of anything and we cannot honestly blame anyone for what is happening. The truth is that you cannot go to the house of a security agent, a man who had kept the secrets of Nigeria for so long and just try to arrest him like chicken.

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“There has to be someone that we can hold responsible when two brothers are fighting. The person that is supposed to be held responsible has not done anything. He is not doing his work. This is the first time we’ll see gross irresponsibility in government whereby there is no arbiter.

“No one to come in between two agencies that belong to only one person. The two agencies report to one person, the Presidency and now we find them fighting on the pages of the newspapers. It’s a shame.

“We are calling on the President, he has to sit up, he should be up and doing. Call these people to order.

“You will remember that we rejected Mr. Magu and up till today nothing has been said about it. Mr. President, something has to be done, the presidency has to be called to order. Nobody is in charge of this government. Nobody is in charge and somebody needs to be in charge.

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But Senate leader, Ahmed Lawan disagreed with the notion that President Buhari had lost control of the government.

“Let me say this President Muhammadu Buhari is in full control of the government of the federal republic of Nigeria.

"Even when Mr. President was away to attend to his health, the acting president, Yemi Osinbajo was in full control the statement by our colleague is unacceptable.

"My opinion about what happen is that, could it be that EFCC did not get the right kind of document to arrest those people if they did, then the security agencies are wrong. Let there be an investigation before we apportion any blame," Lawan added.

The Senate resolved to set up an adhoc committee to investigate the clash between DSS, EFCC, and NIA over the arrest of Ayo Oke and Ekpeyong.

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The committee was given two weeks to report back to the Senate.

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