Senator Isa Hamman Misau, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Navy, says that the plot to remove Senate President Bukola Saraki from office as President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is still strong.
According to him, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is in fear that Saraki could defect to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Misau who spoke during the Senate plenary on Wednesday said that the plot was being spearheaded by a Minister in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet.
The Bauchi State Senator was contributing to the debate on the rising insecurity in the nation, which according to him became worse due to nepotistic appointments influenced by the cabal in the presidency into sensitive security offices.
“When we were on holiday, so many people were going behind (to senators), pleading that we should try and remove the Senate President.”
“It was a minister that was spearheading this thing. What was the reason? They said that the Senate President would leave APC, that it would create problems from him (Saraki). What kind of country is this? Everything is about religion and about tribe,” Mr. Misau who did not however name the Minister who is heading the plot against Saraki with the senators said.
He added that the cabal was responsible for the appointment of an unqualified person as the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Mr. Rufai Ahmed Abubakar, who was President Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs/International Relations, to replace sacked Ayo Oke. Saying that the new DG NIA failed the promotion examinations when he was a member of staff of the NIA before leaving the agency.
“Today, the DG NIA that was just appointed, is he qualified to be there? He’s not qualified. This is the person that failed two exams, we know. He failed two exams and just because he is close to people taking decisions, he was appointed.”
“So many incompetent people are holding so many positions. Fifty per cent of the ministers are not performing. Since the president assumed office he has not taken any decision to move this country. Today we are seeing it and everybody is avoiding it, nobody wants to say anything.
“So many appointments in this government are not based on merit. Some people have taken over the government as if they are even above the president.”
“They take decisions anyhow. We say we are fighting corruption, but Babachir (Lawal, former SGF), the vice-president’s committee indicted him. Today, they are pursuing other people, why can’t they take Babachir to court; and all of us are here keeping quiet?
“People who have not done anything are always in court. This is the man that squandered money meant for IDPs and he is still visiting the (Presidential) Villa every day,” he added.
Also concerning the attempt by the Federal Government to stop the probe on the reinstatement and promotion of Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina, a wanted former boss of the Presidential Pension Task Reform, he accused the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami, of becoming a nuisance.
“This Attorney-General is becoming a nuisance, going to court to stop the Maina (probe) and we are still here.
“The IG (Inspector General of Police) came here with a lawyer saying that he was not going to answer any question from the Senate. After that he went to institute an order restraining the Senate from investigating him.”
“It is the right time for us, let us know what to do. If it’s about talking here or holding a conference, until we look at how the security system is. Who and who are holding sensitive positions? Are they competent? Were they appointed on merit?” he asked.
He further lamented that despite the killings in several parts of the country, some state governors went to the Presidential Villa to endorse Buhari for a second term.
“It is as if the president is not in charge. We have two to three months to correct this thing (before the election campaigns pick up steam), if there are people misleading the president, let him sack them, because they would not let him perform,” he said.