A former Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka, has berated the Department of State Services (DSS) over the worsening insecurity in the country.
Speaking during an appearance on Arise TV News, Chidoka claimed that unintelligent people are in charge of the country’s intelligence organisations.
He condemned the DSS and other intelligence agencies for failing to gather intelligence which would help in addressing the security challenges facing the country.
The former minister, however, called for an overhaul of the nation’s security systems and processes in order to fully tackle the rising insecurity.
He said: “When we say that something is an intelligence organisation it means that the people are intelligent… So, I just can’t understand how unintelligent people manage our intelligence organisations. It’s just something I can’t wrap my mind around.
“All over the world intelligence organisations are going to universities looking for first-class students; looking for people that have knowledge in technology, in engineering, in social sciences.
“They are competing with banks; they are competing with Google and all the other big employers to find this type of people. Knowing full well that they can’t pay them as well as the private sector they induce them to join the intelligence organisations.
“Nigeria is the only country where I don’t see such people going into the intelligence agencies. I dare the SSS to publish the number of first-class students that are in the SSS. I dare them to publish how many people who have first class in French they have employed knowing full well that neighbouring countries around us are francophone.
“The NIA should tell me the number of first-class students who have French or are native French speakers who work for them. I dare them.”
“This is the only country where we don’t know what it means to bring people together. We have to talk about technology. How many of the Nigerians in the tech space have been recruited into our intelligence organisations?”