Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), the Ex-National Security Adviser under Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, has in Segun Adeniyi’s new book, ‘Against the Run of Play’, said that his detention has nothing to do with retaliation or revenge on how he maltreated President Muhammadu Buhari in 1985.
According to the book, Dasuki revealed the huge support he gave to President Buhari during the preparation and build-up to the 2011 general elections.
“I always respect and dignify my seniors and those in positions of authority, whether in service or after. Though as 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.”
Dasuki said that on the December 1983 coup, he and two young military officer who are currently still alive, travelled to Jos to brief the GOC of 3rd Armoured Division, Major General Muhammadu Buhari, on the planned coup against the then elected President Shehu Shagari.
The coup led to the emergence of Buhari as the Head of State at that time.
Adeniyi noted that; “He even told me how Buhari expressed his bitterness about insinuations on his stewardship in one of the public institutions. Dasuki assured the then GOC not to worry about such reckless and mischievous insinuations.
‘’I asked why he participated in the ouster of Buhari just less than two years afterward. He simply answered that General Buhari should know whom he should blame.”
Adeniyi state further that; “One of those who worked tirelessly to make the 2011 alliance between Tinubu and Buhari work was Colonel Sambo Dasuki, who would later become the National Security Adviser to Jonathan.”
Following the failure of the merger talk in 2011 between Tinubu and Buhari, Nasir El-Rufai, the currently Kaduna State Governor had suspected that both Tinubu and Ribadu worked for Jonathan.
“Tinubu of course gave the votes from Lagos and a few other SouthWest states, except Osun, to Jonathan, while the calculation of Ribadu was to reduce Buhari’s votes in the north even though he failed on that score.”