Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, on Saturday, during an interview with journalists at his home town, Oro, Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State, explained why the federal government would against court orders keep detaining Col. Sambo Dasuki, the former National Security Adviser and Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, the Leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria.
According to Mr. Lai, Dasuki has bluntly refused to disclose the where about of about $1.2billion traceable to him. He noted that until he does, the federal government would not release him.
Concerning El-Zakzaky he said that he is in custody of a sensitive document which could not be revealed due to national security reasons.
“At every point in time a government will make very hard decision between your personal liberty and national security.” He said
“In the wake of 2011, the United States came out with regulations that breached the personal rights of Americans and all of us but the time called it.” He added.
“And we are saying today that in the case of both El-Zacky and Dasuki we are talking about national security. I have said on several platforms that it might not be palatable to many people, but if it is evidence that one person moved $1.2b in two transactions in one and up till today he has refused to tell government who he gave the money to and you are asking us to give him bail.”
“If he’s granted bail, whether he stays in Nigeria or elsewhere, $1.2 billion can destabilize any country. We take responsibility for what we are doing because we believe that at the end of the day we either err in the side of national security or personal safety.”
“We are also saying that some of these people are in possession of the documents we have some of which we cannot divulge for national security.”
“But if a country is faced with threats like these we have to take certain decisions which looks to the outside we breaking the Human Rights of some people.”