FORMER Speaker, House of Representatives, Ghali Umar Na’Abba on Monday night, recounted his experience in the hands of Department of State Services (DSS), Abuja.
The former lawmaker who is the co-Chairman of the National Consultative Front (NCFront), was invited for questioning based on a national television progeamme broadcast last Thursday, said he made it clear that self determination in his own contest was not about dismemberment of Nigeria.
In the interview, he had criticised President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for allegedly not handling the country’s affairs effectively and was invited by DSS, after which, he granted interview to journalists.
“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.
“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 perceived to mean that it is the dismemberment of the country; which is not so; this needed clarification.
“A failed state is any state that cannot provide a lot of services.
“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.
“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 has its own job and its own experience; I too have my own vocation and my own experience; 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.”