Why Buhari can’t release former NSA

The ECOWAS court, on October 4, described Dasuki’s detention since December 2015 as unlawful and arbitrary.

Former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki

The court, on Tuesday, October 4, also described Dasuki’s detention since December 2015 as unlawful and arbitrary.

However, Professor John Paden, the writer of President Muhammadu Buhari’s recently released biography, has said that Dasuki might not be released anytime soon.

His comments are written in Chapter 15 of the book titled “Muhammadu Buhari – The challenges of Leadership in Nigeria.”

Excerpts below:

“For Buhari who has said openly that he wants to be remembered for fighting corruption, it will be an unmitigated disaster for his legacy if such a gargantuan fleecing went on in his primary constituency, the military, and he failed to unearth it and punish the culprits.”

“Buhari knows that Task Force and Division Commanders knew of and approved these arms purchases; Service Chiefs knew too; Ministers of Defence and Finance knew; Chief of Staff knew; civil servants in the Ministries of Defence and Finance knew, Chief of Staff to the President knew; the Vice President knew; and the President knew. It is why Buhari will keep his foot on Dasuki’s throat until he fesses up.

“Who really was Sambo Dasuki fronting for in Jonathan’s cabinet? That is the main question to which Buhari is also seeking answers. From Buhari’s perspective, if corruption in military procurement undermines the integrity of the military, that corruption must be confronted.

“And if such procurement allegations weaken the military response to Boko Haram and put ordinary foot soldiers at risk, that corruption poses a double threat, endangering even the Nigeria Project itself.”

Buhari had earlier dismissed calls for Dasuki’s release after expressing fears that he might escape if allowed to roam free.

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