Says I Knelt Down to beg Bisi Akande to accept Buhari as Joint Presidential Candidate for ACN & CPC IN 2011.
Immediate past National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd), has sworn that he never maltreated nor took part in maltreating President Muhammadu Buhari when he, as military head of state was removed in a coup in 1985 as being erroneously alleged.
“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” he said.
The former NSA made the disclosure even as he stated that he knelt down begging ‘Baba Bisi Akande’ who was then Chairman of ACN to accept then General Buhari because “General Buhari is a man to be trusted.”
Dasuki who spoke to Blogger Yushua Shauib in Abuja, also disclosed how he and some others confronted late General Sani Abacha over June 12 election which was won by Chief Mashood Kashimawo Abiola (MKO).
“This led to our premature retirement. The persecution that followed forced him (Dasuki) into exile where he teamed up with opposition elements struggling for the return of democracy in Nigeria” he said.
On his roles in politics, the former NSA who has been having running battles with the Department of State Security narrated how he supported the campaign aspiration of Muhammadu Buhari for Presidential elections in 2003, 2007 and 2011 noting that such respected Northern elements like Adamu Adamu, Bashir Kurfi, Sule Hamman, Wada Maida and Kabir Yusuf are among individuals privy to his active involvement.
While revealing how he campaigned for Buhari to emerge the joint candidate of ACN and CPC in 2011, Dasuki disclosed how he pleaded with Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the presence of Bisi Akande to accept Muhammad Buhari as the joint Presidential candidate for ACN and CPC.
Continuing Dasuki noted that “In the belief that Yorubas and South Westerners are never religious fanatics especially regarding politics, he (Dasuki) and his group suggested that Tinubu should be a running mate to Buhari.
“When other elements opposed that proposition, Tinubu team therefore recommended a Buhari-Osinbajo ticket. Unfortunately, the ticket failed to stick as Pastor Tunde Bakare was eventually pushed forward by other forces”.
Speaking further, the former NSA recalled how prior to the 1983 coup that ousted President Shehu Shagari, himself and two young military officers (they are still alive) travelled to Jos to brief Major General Buhari who was then the GOC of 3rd Armoured Division on the furtherance of the planning of the 1983 coup which made Buhari the major beneficiary”.
“He said Buhari expressed his bitterness about insinuations on his stewardship in one of the public institutions but that he (Dasuki) assured the then GOC not to worry about such reckless and mischievous insinuations”.
Asked why he (Dasuki) participated in the ouster of Buhari just less than two years afterward ousting Shagari, Dasuki simply answered that General Buhari should know whom he should blame”.
It will be recalled that Dasuki had served as Managing Director of Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company (NSPMC) following the return of democracy. He was earlier engaged in legitimate international businesses, mostly outside the country.