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I have no grudges against Buhari, I am bigger than that – Dasuki

Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), the former National Security Adviser

Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), the ex-National Security Adviser (NSA) who was released few days ago by the Department of State Services (DSS) after four (4) years in illegal detention, has spoken concerning his case.

Dasuki who served as NSA under the government of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan gave reason during his recent interview with Hausa Service of the Voice of America why he decided not to proceed with his trial during his incarceration for 4 years.

The ex-NSA who granted the interview in Abuja noted that with his release, he was now ready to continue with his trial, adding that he has no problem with President Muhammadu Buhari (rtd).

He was accused of money laundering, and illegal arms possession in December 2015. Dasuki however denied any wrong doing and was consequently granted bail by many courts, but the Federal Government ignored all court orders and kept him in detention for 4 years.

“I was going to court. Why I stopped going to court was because the court ordered for my release. This was not obeyed. So, I said, anytime the government released me, we would continue with the case. I am ready,” Dasuki said during his interview with VOA, (as seen on The Punch).

He further thanked all Nigerians who prayed for his release.

“We thank all for their prayers.  It is only God that will reward them. There is nothing to say other than to pray to God to reward them. We saw what started and it has ended peacefully,” he said.

Responding to whether he was nursing any ailment, he said; “Thank God I don’t have any ailment. I don’t have any ailment. I met my family in good health; thank God.”

Asked if he had any appeal to make to the government, he said; “Whatever happens to anyone in life, it is what God has ordained. Lack of knowledge or faith is what makes people think an individual is behind their travails or makes a person think he did this to you.  It is what God ordains that happens. Like you said, I spent four years in detention; today, I am out.

“Only God knows what tomorrow holds. No one has authority over tomorrow. All that is required is justice. Everyone who goes to the mosque on Friday and is a Muslim, must have heard an Imam preach about justice and holding on to the truth. There is a reason why they do so; they should be listened to.”

He also noted that his travail was not caused by the role he played in removing the military regime of Major General Muhammadu Buhari in 1985.

“I don’t know about that,” he said. “What I know is that what happened was destined by God. I don’t have a dispute with anyone, I am more than that.” he added.

Dasuki was released on Tuesday alongside Omoyele Sowore, the convener of the #RevolutionNow protest who was arrested on August 3 at his residence in Lagos.

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