7 August 2018
Armed masked men from Nigeria’s Gestapo aka the Department of State Services (DSS) surrounded the gates of the National Assembly today, preventing staff and legislators – who were mainly on recess – from gaining entrance. Some legislators tried to force their way in and rumours flew around social media about the intentions of the security agents.
Later in the afternoon, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo announced through his media spokesman that the boss of the DSS, Lawal Daura, was sacked for this show of force and apparent illegal act. President Muhammadu Buhari is currently in London on “vacation”.
Naijiant.com spoke this evening to a source close to Senate President Bukola Saraki and governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State to get to the bottom of what looked like a crisis. Both Saraki and Tambuwal recently defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The source said that the crisis was instigated by new APC Chairman Adams Oshiomhole, in cahoots with Lawal Daura and Abba Kyari, the president’s chief of staff. The plot was to barricade the National Assembly, only allow loyal senators in, and let them convene to impeach Saraki.
Buhari was said to have given the go-ahead to this plot. Osinbajo was aware but was not in the loop in terms of the details.
The source said that Oshiomhole has been acting like he is the VP since taking over as chairman of the ruling party. It is claimed that the plotters didn’t bargain on the contacts Saraki had with the United States State Department, the US embassy in Nigeria and the US Senate. Soon as Saraki got wind of what was happening this morning, he called his contacts and warned them that Nigeria was about to descend into a breakdown of law and order and its “democracy” was at risk.
According to the source, the US ambassador rang Buhari in his London hospital bed, informing him about the risk of crisis in Nigeria and that the president would be held responsible for such a descent into chaos. He was informed that they had evidence of his involvement in the plot.
Buhari then spoke to Osinbajo over the phone, asking him to do whatever is necessary to arrest the situation. It was agreed that the way out was to sack Daura and this would help entrench the pretense that he was a rogue agent. Some social media rumours even claimed that Daura, who is from the president’s hometown and a powerful member of the “cabal” behind the throne, was “working for Saraki”. The source dismissed that claim as daft.
Saraki plans a “world press conference” tomorrow to tell his story.