Contrary to popular belief, the embattled immediate past National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) did not arrest the then Head of State, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari during the 1983 palace coup that removed him as the them military leader.
This was contained in a revealing article by a public relations consultant, Mr. Yushau Shuaib, who quoted the former NSA who is currently being accused of treason by the Department of Security Services (DSS), which invaded his house last week seizing his international passports and carting away nine cars in the process.
Shuaib in the article titled: ‘Sambo Dasuki: An Encounter with the Spymaster,’ which is the first of the three-part series, disclosed as part of his conversation with the former Coordinator of the nation’s Counter-Terrorism Operations, he vehemently denied ever carrying out such action as being reported in various media outlets.
He revealed how Dasuki “and two young military officers (they are still alive) travelled to Jos to brief Major General Buhari who was then the GOC of 3 Armoured Division on the furtherance of the planning of the 1983 coup which made Buhari the major beneficiary of the ouster of the elected President Shehu Shagari.
“He even told me how Buhari expressed his bitterness about insinuations on his stewardship in one of the public institutions. Dasuki assured the then GOC not to worry about such reckless and mischievous insinuations.”
The PR consultant said when queried why Dasuki ‘participated in the ouster of Buhari just less than two years afterward, he simply answered that “Buhari should know whom he should blame.”
Probing further, Shuib said: ‘I enquired how he treated Buhari on the day of the August 1985 coup. His exact response goes thus: “I always respect and dignify my seniors and those in positions of authority whether in service or after. Though a young officer, I was reluctant to be among those that arrested him. And I was not. I only met him afterward at Bonny Camp with Lawal Rafindadi. There is no way I could have maltreated him as being alleged in some quarters. I am glad most of the actors are still alive.”
Shuaib further revealed how Dasuki and some others confronted late General Sani Abacha over June 12 election which was won by Chief MKO Abiola.
This, he noted, led to their premature retirement, adding that “the persecution that followed forced him into exile where he teamed up with opposition elements struggling for the return of democracy in Nigeria.”
Apart from serving as Managing Director of Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company (NSPMC) after the return of democracy, he said, Dasuki had engaged in legitimate international businesses, mostly outside the country.
On his roles in politics, Shuaib added, “Dasuki narrated how he supported the campaign aspiration of Muhammadu Buhari for Presidential elections in 2003, 2007 and 2011.”
He continued: “In fact, he mentioned names of individuals who were also privy to his active involvement including respected Northern elements like Adamu Adamu, Bashir Kurfi, Wada Maida, Sule Hamman and Kabir Yusuf among others.
“The major shocker for me in his narratives was his campaign for Buhari to emerge the joint candidate of ACN and CPC in 2011. He disclosed how he pleaded with Senator Ahmed Tinubu in the presence of Bisi Akande to accept Buhari as the joint Presidential candidate for ACN and CPC. Dasuki stated that he knelt down begging ‘Baba Bisi Akande’ who was then Chairman of ACN that ‘General Buhari is a man to be trusted.
“In their belief that Yorubas and South-westerners are never religious fanatics especially regarding politics, Dasuki and his group suggested that Tinubu should be a running mate to Buhari. When other elements opposed that proposition, Tinubu’s team therefore recommended a Buhari-Osinbajo ticket. Unfortunately, the ticket failed to stick as Pastor Tunde Bakare was eventually pushed forward by other forces.” -Thisday