Sambo Dasuki, a retired colonel who served under former President Goodluck Jonathan as national security adviser, has insisted he holds no grudge against President Muhammadu Buhari.
Dasuki, while speaking to PR Nigeria shortly after his release from detention after spending four years in the custody of the Department of State Service, DSS, despite court orders granting him bails.
He was released Tuesday, December 24, 2019, by the Buhari regime.
Colonel Dasuki (Rtd) has expressed gratitude to teeming well-wishers and other Nigerians who prayed and stood by him during his travails while he was in detention.
The former NSA, noted that he is now willing and ready to attend court sessions in continuation of his trial, in order to prove his innocence, saying that he stopped appearing in court as a protest against the government’s disregard for the court orders about his bail.
“I stopped going to the court because I was granted bail by several courts but the government refused to release me and I said whenever the bail order is complied with I will appear before the court and defend myself,” he said.
He, however, urged the Federal Government (FG) to be just, sincere and fair to all Nigerians, regardless of their religious, ideological or political affiliations.
The former NSA who was received by family members and well-wishers who thronged his Asokoro residence to welcome him, said: “I cannot adequately express my appreciation to Nigerians who genuinely and fervently prayed for my release.. There are no words enough to show appreciation to all the prayers offered for me over my predicament. I am indeed very grateful to all Nigerians.
Dasuki, who maintained that he did not have any score to settle with President Muhammadu Buhari or anyone, debunked the claim by media that his arrest and subsequent detention by the Intelligence Service is as a result of the role he played when Buhari’s military government was overthrown in 1985.
“As a Muslim, I believe in predestination and leave everything to Almighty God. Ignorance and lack of faith is what makes people think their fellow man can cause them any harm or evil.”
Despite spending four years in incarceration, Dasuki thank God for His mercy on him and asserted that he has nothing to worry about.
Dasuki was arrested in 2015 over allegations of abuse of office and money laundering. But despite several court orders granting him bail, the government refused to release him.
Asked if he felt his detention was revenge for the role he played in the 1985 coup which removed the Buhari regime, Dasuki said “I am not aware of this. What I know is that God designed this to happen
“Nothing more. I have no problem with anybody. I am more than that. I can’t engage in a feud with anyone.
“There is no call to be made to the government. You know everything that happened to one in life is designed by God. Ignorance and lack of understanding can make one to suffer himself… Anything that God destined it to be, it will be. You said I spent four years in detention, it is over and today. Only God knows everything that will happen tomorrow.
“What is important is for everybody to be fair. Everybody who is a Muslim and who go to the mosque knows that what the Imam preaches every day is to harp on the need for people to be fair and honest. There is a reason for this and we need to listen.”