By Richard Anyebe
The Youth Wing of Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) has called on the Department of State Services (DSS) to desist from what it calls “continued distraction, harassment and selective witch-hunting” of Dr. Obadiah Mailafia.
SOKAPU made the call in a statement issued and signed by its National Youth Leader, John Isaac in a statement on Tuesday.
The union was reacting to the recent statement credited to the All Progressive 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 the zone.
Mailafia, a former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) 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.
Isaac said the youth wing of SOKAPU observed with sadness, the deliberate silence of the DSS over Yekini’s statement as against what the secret police did when Mailafia made similar disclosure.
According to him, it is disturbing to note that Yekini’s statement does not seem to threaten national security as the DSS suggested of Mailafia’s disclosure.
He said, “it surfices 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.
“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 s 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.”