Statement on the shameful treatment of Col. Are, Dasuki, Dokpesi and others by the Buhari administration
This statement is from Femi Fani-Kayode
I have just spoken to Colonel Kayode Are, the former
D-G of SSS during President Olusegun Obasanjo’s
administration and the former Acting National
Security Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan
and I am deeply concerned. He told me that his
house is under siege and that gunshots are being
fired at him and his family as we were speaking.
I am not sure what the issue is about but a situation where
security men go to the home of a respected patriot like that
and start shooting at him and his family for whatever
reason is unacceptable and extremely dangerous.
marry with the shameful manner in which Colonel Sambo
Dasuki, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Governor Attahiru
Bafawara, Alhaji Bashir Yuguda, Nnamdi Kanu, Godswill
Orubebe, Bukola Saraki, Sule Lamido and others are being
persecuted, threatened and demonised by the Federal
Government it is clear that we are now in a police state in
which law and order has broken down and in which
anything can happen.
The case of Dasuki was particularly bad. He was barricaded
in his home against court orders and treated like an animal
for three weeks. He was humiliated and subjected to mental
and psychological torture for no just cause for that period
of time even though the courts had told the SSS to let him
travel out of the country for urgent medical attention.
stormed his home, held everyone captive at gunpoint,
grabbed him in front of his family, bundled him in a car and
carried him to an unknown destination without any lawful
authority or any arrest warrant.
As far as I am concerned they are trying to kill him simply
by denying him the right to see his doctors even though
they know that he is very sick. If this were not the case then
why are they indulging in all this dangerous and reckless
drama. If they want to prosecute him that is fair enough but
at least they should ensure that he stays well and that he
remains alive and that they don’t kill him. You cannot
prosecute a dead body and you cannot charge a man to
court after he is dead. I saw Dasuki on various occasions
before his arrest and I assure you that he really is very ill.
What harm could have been done by allowing him to see his
doctor as the courts ordered? Does he not have the right to
live and get medical treatment? Is it not clear that there is
more to this than meets the eye? Why are people remaining
silent when this is a clear case of vendetta, vengeance,
wickedness, injustice and a crude attempt to destroy,
silence and kill an innocent man ? It is Dasuki today but it
could be anyone else tomorrow. The truth is that the Buhari
government is playing a dangerous game of Russian
roulette with a loaded gun and if they are not careful it will
soon explode. If they are not careful they will soon lose the
confidence and trust of the people.
They do not fear God. They are vindictive, petty, vicious,
unforgiving and unjust and if they continue in this way apart
from alienating the people they run the risk of provoking the
wrath of God. If they have any evidence of wrongdoing on
the part of Dasuki or anyone else then they should present it
in court rather than on the pages of newspapers and if they
wish to charge anyone they should go ahead and do so in a
lawful, proper and civilized manner.
The era of witchhunting and demonising people and
attempting to cower and subdue them into silence are long
over. Those of us that oppose this government can never be
intimidated or silenced because God is with us. If we could
stand up against military dictatorship in the past, we can
stand up against civilian dictatorship today.
Anything outside of prosecuting people in a lawful manner
and according to due process is barbaric and unacceptable
and our President needs to be reminded that he is not
running a military government but a democratic one. This
attempt to silence us with guns, bullets, threats of arrest
and prosecution, violence, storming of homes, locking up of
relatives, kidnapping of citizens, shameful lies, baseless
allegations, demonisation in the media and disinformation
will not work.
They do not have enough prisons to silence the voice of the
Nigerian people or to break their spirit and no-one is
intimidated by the governments evil tactics and wicked
ways. My message to President Buhari is simple and clear:
stop terrorizing your own people and save your terror
waves and gestapo tactics for Boko Haram.