The ‘northernization’ of key security agencies and institutions has continued with reckless abandon and no one is talking. In it’s latest gaffe, the Department of State Security Service (DSS) recruited cadets heavily in favour of the north.
According to THE PUNCH, ‘In all, the DSS commissioned 479 new officers, out of which 331 were from the 19 states of the North and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Katsina, the home state of Lawal Daura, the DSS Director-General, had 51 officers, but Akwa Ibom, had only five. Lagos State, with the largest population in the country, was given seven slots. Kano, which comes second in population, had 25; its sister state, Jigawa, had 14. Kaduna had 24 intakes, Bauchi 23 and Zamfara 20.
In contrast, Abia, Rivers, Bayelsa, Ebonyi and the FCT had seven slots each, Edo had six, Ogun and Delta had eight each and Cross River. The regional spread is similarly tainted. The North-West had 165 new DSS officers or four times that of the South-South, with 42. The North-East got 100 slots, as against 66 for North-Central, 57 for South-West and 44 for South-East. This is not equitable. It is a skewed way of conducting public recruitment in a federal polity’.
This injustice is capable of heightening distrust and inter-ethnic tension. Since independence, the north has dominated the security agencies. Even though critics are indifferent on the applicability or otherwise of Federal Character, the recruitment clearly violates the provisions.
What is the real motive of the DSS by this latest act? Is there a grand plan to carryout a ‘northern agenda’?
It is really regrettable that the southern people are not talking. Also the National Assembly seems to have sealed their lips on this matter of national importance. In sane climes, if satisfactory reasons are not given, then the DSS Director-General and other top men of the secret service should either resign or be fired. But who will bell the cat?
We have continued to deceive ourselves with the Zik’s sobriquet- One Nigeria- when in reality we have continued to push for regional/ethnic agenda more than Nigerian agenda.
A nation of deceits and hypocrites!
Republished, with consent, from Stanley Ibeku‘s Facebook page. This article reflects the opinion of the writer and not necessarily that of inquizimedia. Published to encourage debate and open conversation
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