Former Speaker of the House of Representatives Ghali Umar Na’Abba has received pushback from the presidency over his invitation by the Department of State Security Services, DSS.
Na’Abba is locked in an exchange with Presidency, a brick-bat that emanated following the vitriol he hurled at President Muhammadu Buhri.
The culmination is his invitation by the DSS, which the presidency allegedl has no hands in it, according to a statement Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President, Mallam Garba Shehu, released.
It reads partly: “our findings have revealed that his invitation has nothing to do with the alleged irresponsible utterances which in any case did not catch the attention of the Presidency, or of any serious politician for that matter.”
The statement added that “there are serious politicians who talk, and the Presidency respond, because such politicians throw jibes which must get attention.
“Flash in the pan politicians and those who fabricate political relevance don’t bother anyone.
“We advise Na’Abba to distance the Presidency from the situation he has found himself and sort himself out accordingly.”
Meanwhile ex-Central Bank of Nigeria Deputy Governor, Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, has been invited again by the security agency.
The DSS questioned Mailafia, last Thursday, over his comments on a radio station that repentant Boko Haram insurgents told him and some leaders that a serving northern governor was a commander of the terrorist group that has held North-East geopolitical zone on the jugular since 2009.
Confirming his invitation in a WhatsApp message, Obadiah said he is standing with former House of Representatives Speaker, Alhaji Ghali Umar Na’Abba, who will also appear before DSS, today(Monday).
The message read in part: “We stand firmly with Comrade the Rt. Hon. Ghali Na’bba. Solidarity forever! “Comrades kindly be notified that the Men in Black have invited me for a ‘chat’ yet again. I’m to appear before them at the Jos Command HQ of DSS at 12.00 noon today Monday. Solidarity forever!”