Condemnation trails the house arrest, yesterday, of former National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd)
Patrick Osadebamwen, Abuja and Emmanuel Ani, Ado Ekiti
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has decried the alleged unlawful detention of the former National Security Adviser, Col. Dasuki Sambo in his home placing him on house arrest.
Also reacting to the development, Ekiti satate governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, described it as an ominous sign of imminent return of dictatorship and draconian rule in Nigeria.”
The governor, who said he still believed that the invasion of Col. Dasuki homes may not have the backing of President Mohammadu Buhari, said; “if this is being done by some people to please the president, he should check the excesses of those behind it and call them to other because overzealousness by those that are close to the president is inimical to the image of the government.”
PDP spokesman, Chief Olisa Metuh said he read about the invasion of the former NSA residence in Asokoro on the dailies and drove to his home as a personal friend and as a delegate of the party but was prevented from entry into the residence by about eight security men who told him he cannot see Col. Sambo.
He said the security men told him that the house of the former NSA was under security watch and therefore no one would be allowed entry. Metuh bared this to journalists who kept vigil close to the residence of the former NSA on John Kadiya Street Asokoro.
He said Nigerians are getting scared at the development emphasizing that the last time that this kind of thing happened was under the military pointing out that the slide by some overzealous aides of the President was unbecoming. The PDP scribe said Nigerians are becoming scared at the development, which he said was how it started in Zimbawe and other countries.
Metuh stressed that while the PDP as a political party may have lost an election, such loss in a political contest does not translate to being guilty of a crime nor its concede to defeat a criminal offence for political assault on the party and Nigerians who may have served the country under the leadership of the party.
The party tasked the federal government to take actions by the rule of law to which all Nigerians are subject and obliged to obey. The PDP also said President Muhammadu Buhari should understand his role as a father of all Nigerians who must be fair in his dealings with the public.
“I came into Abuja today because I read the situation about the invasion of the house of the former NSA and his detention and house arrest. So, I drove to his house. Then about eight security operatives came out and they said that I cannot see him because the house is under security watch.
And I asked them, security watch in terms of treason or terrorism? And they said they are not in a position to say. “And why I asked this question is that it is under security watch on account of corruption or any other reason, then it’s totally against the constitution of this country because this is a democracy and democratic tenets and principles apply.
The fact is that we deserve basic freedom, liberty and movements associated with democracy. “The truth is that Nigerians are getting scared. They voted for the President and he was duly elected. And now he’s the father of the nation, he’s the father of everyone. He’s not serving any other interest.
But there are certain activities by some of his aides and people around him; it’s like they are taking us back to the military era where we were coming from. The last time this happened was under the military There has never been any situation where people will be held against their will.
It is completely against his fundamental human rights. And we should be careful here because this was how it started in Zimbabwe and other countries. Before you know it we have a dictatorship. You cannot scare us. “We are not guilty because we served under a former President. We are not guilty because we lost an election.
We are not losers in a war. We lost an election, not a war. We are not prisoners of war and we should not be treated like prisoners of war. “What we demand is that we deserve the respect; there is Rule of Law.
We will not condone corrupt activities or any other unlawful or illegal act. If anybody has committed anything against the laws of Nigeria, let him be invited, let there be investigation. If there is a warrant of arrest or a judge can rule that he should be detained but the fact that you shroud things in mystery and you invade someone’s house, occupy his house and detain him against his will. It’s an anathema in democracy.
In a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti yesyerday by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said he was sad that democracy is already being put on trial, less than two months that President Mohammadu Buhari assumed office, adding that “rather than invading homes of Nigerians and putting people under house arrest, the government should invade Boko Haram territories and arrest the insurgents.”
Governor Fayose, who also condemned the persecution of Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, said; “the desperate plot to remove Senator Ekweremadu from office is dangerous to democratic rule in Nigeria because there is no portion of the Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution that made positions of Senate President and Deputy Senate President the exclusive rights of the political party with highest number of senators.”
He said; “President Buhari should rather keep Boko Haram under house arrest, not opposition party members. Those heavily armed security men that invaded Col. Dasuki’s Abuja and Sokoto homes should have been put to a better use by sending them to the Boko Haram ravaged North