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Open letter to Nigeria’s acting President Yemi Osinbajo Updated for 2021


Updated: February 25, 2021

The Nigerian Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL) has sent an open letter to the Acting President, Mr. Yemi Osinbajo, over the removal of Mr. Lawal Daura as the secret service agency boss.

CACOL said his removal was long overdue and it should be praised because it saved democracy from collapse. Many would disagree.

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Heavily armed masked men stormed the National Assembly on Tuesday morning and prevented opposition Senators and House members from accessing it.

The move was said to be an attempt to forcefully remove Bukola Saraki, the Senate President, who recently dumped the ruling party that brought him to office, but said he was going to complete his term despite calls that he should resign.

The armed men claimed the order came from “above”, a word that means in Nigeria from people in power.

Following a burst of anger, Mr. Osinbajo, who is acting as President while Mr. Muhammadu Buhari remains on vacation in London, sacked Mr. Lawal Daura, the agency’s boss.

Some Nigerians claimed Daura, who hails from Mr. Buhari’s village, was working for Bukola Saraki and deserved to be fired.

But Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, disputed that argument, praising themselves for standing up against an attempt to truncate democracy.

With reactions and counter reactions, the ruling and opposition parties have been getting supports and attacks, and many opinion articles for or against them.

CACOL issued its statement below, praising the acting President and blasting the sacked intelligence boss.


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