Self-Determination Calls: Ex-Reps Speaker Na’Abba Reveals What He Told DSS


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Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Umar Na’Abba has divulged details of his meeting with operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) on Monday.

Na’Abba had been invited by the secret police for describing the nation as a “failed” state and saying that citizens were free to seek “self-determination”.

He said these while calling on Nigerians to join the NCFront, a pressure group, in “rescuing and saving Nigeria from anarchy and fear of impending doom.”

Speaking on his ordeal, the ex-speaker disclosed that the DSS quizzed him for over two hours over his choice of words as reported by the media.

Na’Abba emphasised that the DSS did not question him over his criticism of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said, “I did not disown anything I said. I will never mince my words. Whatever I see as the truth I say it. And that is what I said in my interview and said during the press conference. And I can never say anything that is not the truth.

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“What happened was that there were certain words that appeared in my address and interview which needed some clarifications and which clarification, I made.

“We were both satisfied with what happened. We advised one another. The DSS have their own job and their own experience. I too have my own vocation also have my own experience. And we felt highly enriched by our experiences.

“That is how things are supposed to be. It went successfully. I enjoyed my stay there. I had no problems with the way they received me.”

He explaining that the DSS misconstrued what he meant by “self-determination”.

“Self- determination simply in our own context means Nigerians must be allowed to live the way they want to live.

“It does not mean the mean dismemberment of the country. A lot of times from security point of view when you say self- determination it is meant that it is the dismemberment of the country, which is not so. This needed clarification,” Na’Abba stated.

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