- Alhaji Sule Lamido has said the incarceration of Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd), was as a result of his misunderstanding with President Buhari
- The former Jigawa state governor said Dasuki's travails had nothing to do with corruption
- Lamido further stated that President Buhari has a history of flouting the rule of law
Former Jigawa state governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido, has said the incarceration of the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd), was as a result of his misunderstanding with President Muhammadu Buhari.
Lamido told The Guardian that the order for the release of Dasuki from detention by the office of Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, shows that his continued detention had nothing to do with N2.2 billion arms deal or corruption.
The former governor said: “It had nothing to do with corruption. Dasuki was invited and interrogated. And after, he was formally arraigned, thus making his case a subject of the law
“For him to be detained a day longer after the court granted him bail was illegal, unconstitutional and very primitive of the government to do so. It was not about the money they said he spent.”
Lamido likened Dasuki’s travail to the Tradermoni initiative, which Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was given to share, stressing that there was no way Osinbajo could have embarked on the exercise without President Buhari’s knowledge and consent.
“So, the case of Dasuki was not ab initio, based on any missing money or corruption. He did not commit any crime, because he was acting on the orders of former President Goodluck Jonathan,” he said.
Lamido continued: “President Buhari has a history of flouting the rule of law. He observed recently that Nigeria’s democracy is too slow for him. Detaining Dasuki in spite of court ruling is his own trademark, his own character and judgment.
“When a leader subjects citizens to intimidation, demonizing them so that he is feared instead of respected, the country is doomed.”
Meanwhile, Ekiti state governor Dr Kayode Fayemi has commended President Buhari for the release of Dasuki and rights activist, Omoyele Sowore from detention.
The governor said President Buhari’s intervention has once again proven that he is a stickler for due process and an apostle of the rule of law.
In a statement sent to journalists by his spokesman, Yinka Oyebode, Fayemi described the president’s gesture, which came on the Christmas Eve, as a good Christmas gift for the duo, their families and associates as well as a soothing balm for the country.
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