By Amaechi Agbo
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday sent shock waves across the nation when he announced the unexpected dismissal of the former Director-General of the Department of State Security (DSS), Lawal Daura.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, announced the sack of the DG DSS via his verified Twitter handle on Tuesday afternoon.
He tweeted, “AgP Yemi Osinbajo has directed the termination of the appointment of the DG of the DSS, Mr. Lawal Musa Daura.
“Mr. Daura has been directed to hand over to the most senior officer of the State Security Service until further notice.”
A cross-section of Nigerians have taken to the social media to commend the Acting President for the bold step he took is salvaging Nigeria democracy from reign of impunity.
“People say whenever Buhari is out of Nigeria things works fine. Today Osinbajo has shown how leadership should be. Firing Lawal Daura for negligence is a singular act of courageous leadership that must be commended. Osinbajo shd use his acting capacity & do things Buhari can’t,’ A.A Jari (@Bahaushee) twitted.
On her part, Esther Ogun-Yusuf (@MaupeO) said “The story has only just got interesting since morning -Lawal Daura sacked! Almost thought this was unthinkable not to talk of the actual act.”
Commenting using(@nicholasibekwe), Nicholas Ibekwe said “Report indicates that SSS operatives are jubilating at the news of the sacking of their boss, Lawal Daura.”
Ex aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri twitting with (@renoomokri), wrote “I commend acting President @ProfOsinbajo for sacking the Director-General of the Daura Secret Service, Lawal Daura. By this action, Professor Osinbajo has separated himself from the anti democratic tendencies. VP Osinbajo used wisdom to sack Daura. According to villa sources, Osinbajo first of all summoned the DG DSS to his office at exactly 1:15 PM. While he was still talking to Lawal Daura, Laolu @AkandeOJ was directed to release a statement announcing his sack in true mafiosi style!”
“Lawal Daura going is good riddance…long long long overdue,” was how Kayode Ogundamisi (@ogundamisi) commended the Acting President.
Twitting using @Chxta, Chxta said “Terminating Lawal Daura’s appointment was the very least that Osinbajo should have done.From a tactical viewpoint, it’s an excellent move.”
“Fired DG of Nigeria’s Secret Police, Lawal Daura Arrested And Detained by @PoliceNG. One cabal, down. Two more to go,” Dr. Njakiri Damages (@DrDamages) twitted.
“There is always a motive behind an action. Why was Lawal Daura sacked? Good one for democracy though. MO (@seun_seitan)
Thomas Young @__thomasYoung Replying to @ProfOsinbajo said “Impressive and decisive move sir! More actions in PROTECTION of democracy is expected sir. The service chiefs that have refused to end BH and instead they coming claiming they need weapons needs to be given serious consideration in betterment of the fight against terror.”
Kemisola Adekunle commenting using @KemisolaAdekun handle,“Good move by a patriot and nationalist. Respect for rule of law and democracy.”
On his part, Michael S. Ezea on Facebook, wrote “I must commend the Ag President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo for this bold move yeterday. Sacking of the DG of DSS is long overdue but it’s better late than never. No matter what the reasons adduced may be, the sacking is a good riddance to a bad rubbish.”
Osa Imasogie @oimasogie said “Well done Prof. Please stand for what is right and just always. Leaders come and leaders go but posterity will always be there…Ekwueme was a Vice way back in the 70s before some of us where born but history is there for us.”
Skilash on @Skilash twitted “The exemplary leadership exhibited would linger in memory. Thanks for preserving democracy.
“For the very first time since you were elected VP, you have done something meaningful and normal. God Bless You. We expect more from you. God Bless Nigeria,” twitted Timothy Atori @AtoriTimothy
“Highly commendable. Your Excellency, Sir, there is need for the security agents to be more tactical and strategic and stop playing into the hands of the opposition who would like to play the role of a victim to seek public sympathy,’ according to Segun Faniran @segunfaniran
Adekunle Adeyemo @pedekunle4u twitted, “Weldone Daddy. We know ur capacity & the conditions that make thing to be the way they are. The God of Israel will strengthen u!”
Justice @JusticeC_77 notedn “How I wish you will be out for the office of the President come this election…we love you, keep the good firm work…God bless You Sir. This is not the first time, he has sacked the national DG of Airport Authority for negligence of duty, during PMB sick leave. He is setting the record straight.”