Raid on judges could threaten Nigeria's democracy - Gowon

– A former head of state Yakubu Gowon has added his voice to the discus on the Department of State Service (DSS) raid on some Nigerian judges over the weekend 

– Gowon said the raid on the judges by the DSS could pose as a threat to Nigeria’s democracy 

Former military head of state Yakubu Gowon A former head of state Yakubu Gowon has added his voice to the discus on the DSS raid on the residences of some Nigerian judges over the weekend. Gowon while speaking at the 20th anniversary of the “Nigeria Prays” in Abuja said the security agencies in Nigeria must never be allowed to overstep their boundaries. 

Thisday in its report said Gowon urged the federal government not to allow these agencies operate beyond their powers while adding that such action exhibited by the DSS could threaten Nigeria’s democracy. 

“Honestly, it is a serious thing and I hope that the government would give directives to the operatives not to go outside the precepts and the law because if the situation is mishandled, it can be a threat to democracy,” 

Gowon said on Tuesday, October 11,” Gowon said. He further prayed for better ways to solve Nigeria’s problems while urging the federal government to look for innovative means of dealing with the nation’s economic problem. 

“I can assure you that I saw the president before going to Botswana for the golden jubilee of their independence and one of the things we discussed was the concern of the people as far as the economic situation is concerned. 

“He was honesty to say that he knows about these problems and that he and members of his government are doing all they can to find solution to this problem.

“Governing is not easy, I am talking from personal experience, these things are not achieved overnight and a lot of Nigerians expect the problem to be solved within a day or two because we got to go through the reasons we are having this recession. 

“It is obvious that because the price of oil keeps coming down so low, at a time, oil sold for $150 per barrel but now you struggle to get it at $50 barrels also lack of other things like industries which needs to be established to help. 

“We missed from some of these things some years back, that is why industries, businesses are unable to make up for the shortfall of revenue from oil but I know every effort is being made to address the problem.  

“Let us give government that time and keep reminding them that there is this problem and they got to do whatever they can to solve it. 

“Let us cooperate by helping to ensure that the government hears the concerns and do something about it, criticize constructively don’t just condemn outright,” the former head of state concluded. 

Operatives of the DSS over the weekend stormed the residence of some Nigerian judges in Abuja, Rivers, Kano and Gombe states simultaneously. Some of the judges were also arrested, while the DSS claimed it recovered a huge sum of money both in naira and foreign currencies. Meanwhile, the presidency, following attacks by various Nigerians on the incident, has debunked reports that the DSS raids were aimed at rubbishing the judiciary. 

President Muhammadu Buhari rather said the operations by the DSS are aimed at purging the Nigerian system, including the judiciary, of all forms of corruption. 

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