- The president, is required to enforce federal law as written, not pick and choose which violators to go after and which to exempt based on policy considerations.
Garba Shehu, presidential media aide, in the interview granted to the New Telegraph, has said that the government of Muhammadu Buhari is not ready to release former national security adviser Sambo Dasuki.
According to him, former NSA, who is currently in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS), has numerous cases in court, which he must diligently face and answer.
Buhari’s aide explained that the cases against Dasuki were all complicated. Answering to criticisms that he president does not respect court orders and continues to detain Dasuki, Shehu said:
“The ex-NSA’s problem is not with President Buhari who I must say has the highest regard for the rule of law.”
“If five courts of the land are trying different cases in which a man is involved and one or two of those courts let the accused persons go home on bail, what happens with the other three cases? “If you are a prisons controller, will you set that person free when you have three other judges directing that he be kept in detention?
“Colonel Dasuki faces a multiplicity of cases and, sadly for him, his hand appears to be showing in more of the cases as recent revelations from the ongoing investigation in the Office of the NSA has shown,” he added.
Presidential spokesman also touched upon the issue of Biafra movement, saying that the matter was a rested case. Garba stated that those calling for Biafra independence have no understanding about the political history of Nigeria. According to him, the issue of Biafra was settled at the end of that civil war.
“Remember that this country fought a civil war for 30 months in which one million people were killed. “The issue of Biafra was settled at the end of that civil war.
What is there again? “It is people who haven’t read Nigerian history and don’t know about it that are trying to raise new dust,” he stated. “For anybody to make comparison between Western Sahara and Biafra, that is a display of knowledge deficit in international politics.
One, Western Sahara is a classic case of decolonisation. It is the last remaining colony on the African continent and we all owe it a duty to ourselves to liberate Western Sahara.
“In fact, as military Head of State, President Buhari was the first to recognise Western Sahara and then the rest of Africa followed. So, he is being consistent.
But Biafra is for the dismemberment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which is already a settled entity. These two scenarios are clearly different,” Shehu underlined.
President Buhari recently expressed his support for the liberation of the Saharawi people in Morocco. During his first presidential media chat Buhari explained why his government has denied to release Dasuki, and the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, despite several court orders.
Buhari said the two accused persons cannot be allowed to enjoy any form of freedom due to the enormity of their offenses.
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