The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mallam Garba Shehu is very angry at Nigerians criticising the invitation of former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Obadiah Mailafia by the Department of State Services (DSS).
For those who don’t know, the ex-CBN Deputy Governor was invited by the DSS over his recent comments on Boko Haram.
However, in his reaction, Garba Shehu said; “This is Nigeria; this is not Mali … Is this the first time the Department of State Service is inviting people for questioning?”
“When somebody claiming to be a responsible citizen makes such a claim as Obadiah Mailafia did, saying that a governor is a commander for Boko Haram and he shouldn’t be asked questions, so what kind of society do we want?”
“The DSS has had Obadiah questioned for at least two times over his claims on a radio programme that the insurgents in the North East were enjoying the support of some governors.”
“We are living in a country of people who will go to the UK and America and obey all the laws and in our country, when there is enforcement, they start crying… so, what is political about it?”
“As for the increase in the charge against hate speech, perhaps it’s the assessment of the minister.”
“The N500,000 that was emplaced was not being respected, it was not effective in curtailing these things because somebody picking rumour and is going to the radio to announce that… come on, what are we dealing with?”