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Na’Abba: Why DSS invited me

Na’Abba: Why DSS invited me
August 17
22:06 2020

Ghali Na’Abba, a former speaker of the house of representatives, says he was invited by the Department of State Services (DSS) to clarify a few remarks he made.

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The former speaker visited the DSS headquarters in Abuja on Monday afternoon.

The secret police invited Na’Abba four days after he made comments criticising the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

In a television broadcast, Na’Abba, a co-chairman of the newly formed National Consultative Front (NCFront), said Nigeria is now a failed state.

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Addressing reporters after the visit, Na’Abba said the security agency invited him to clarify the intention behind his use of “failed state” and “self-determination”.

The ex-lawmaker said he was well received by the DSS, adding that he enjoyed his visit.

“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,” he said.

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“What happened was 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.

“In my address, I used the words ‘failed state’ and ‘self determination’. When we say out words, what we mean may be different from what other persons perceive and that was what happened.

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“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 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.

“Failed state is any state that cannot provide a lot of services. What happened was that in their own opinion, I did not use the words appropriately and it is only human to use words not appropriately and I told them that what I meant there is that the indices that characterise a failed state are prevalent with us.”

Many had attributed Na’Abba’s invitation to the position of the Coalition of Northern Groups which accused the Buhari administration of being intolerant of criticism.

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But Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, had said the presidency has nothing to do with Na’Abba’s invitation by the DSS.

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