On Friday, the Sultan of Sokoto and spiritual leader of Muslims in Nigeria, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, was in Ekiti for the investiture of Alhaji Jamiu Kewulere as the spiritual head of Muslims in Ekiti. The Sultan also met with Gov. Ayo Fayose who used the opportunity to bare his mind on some national issues.
The main issue for the Ekiti governor concerned the continuous house arrest of the former national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki, despite two court orders asking the DSS to allow him travel abroad for treatment. Fayose described the incarceration of Dasuki as “unlawful”.
“President Buhari has proved me right by my claims before the election that Nigeria is in the making of a dictator if he is voted into power,” Fayose told the Sultan. “By choosing which orders of the court to be obeyed, the President has exhibited his great disdain and disrespect to the judiciary as an independent arm of government and as the last hope of a common man.”
Only yesterday, the new attorney-general of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, had said that Dasuki’s arrest was for public interest sake and was not a disobedience of the courts. Fayose disagreed. He told the Sultan that the “siege” on Dasuki’s residence is “a clear manifestation of fundamental human right abuse.”
Fayose lamented the fact that not many people are speaking up against the infringement of Dasuki’s rights.
“If the President flouts court orders with impunity, judicial independence will be fatally compromised and Nigeria’s embryonic democracy is in
“Of more importance and concern is the blackmail, intimidation and subtle harassment of lawyers and judges by the Buhari administration in an attempt to have innocent men convicted at all cost. The President has left nobody in doubt that the former NSA cannot get a
fair hearing,” the governor said.
Fayose said he was against corruption and enjoined Nigerians to stand against it but urged the president to honour his vow to follow due process and the rule of law. “The stakes are too high to
remain silent,” he said.