|General Abdulrahman Dambazzau|
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) has explained why an officer of the Department of State Service (DSS) cleaned the shoes of the Minister of Interior, General Abdulrahman Dambazzau (rtd), in public. Last Saturday, a 30-second video clip showing an armed security official cleaning Dambazzau’s shoes at the NSCDC Academy in December, went virile, and stirred controversies in the social media.
Dambazau, who oversees the NSCDC, police, customs, immigration and prisons, came under severe criticism by Nigerians, following the release of the footage.
However, reacting in a statement, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), spokesman of the NSCDC, Okeh Emmanuel, justified the action of the security personnel and absolved the minister of blame. The news being peddled by some online media houses, alleging that Dambazzau converts DSS officer to a “shoe shiner” is baseless, fraudulent and malicious.
“It is a diversionary tactics of the evil ones to cast aspersion on the personality of the minister. The minister who was on a visit to NSCDC facilities at Sauka never beckoned on any of his aides to come and clean his shoe as alleged. “Rather, if the “aide” carried out such a function, it means it was done voluntarily without any iota of compulsion.
“The demonstration by the DSS personnel was a mark of respect for his principal since he was not compelled to do so. It should also be noted that a man of the calibre of the minister, who was one-time Chief of Army Staff is entitled to aides that could help in ensuring that he looks neat at all times,” said Mr. Emmanuel.