It seems obvious to everyone now that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s stance on corruption is lopsided. It favors and shields friends and vanquishes the perceived enemies. Few days ago, an American lawyer, who specializes in constitutional and international law, Bruce Fein, wrote an open letter to Mr. President, urging him to be “evenhanded” in the appropriation of justice in the country.
Now with the arrest of the immediate past National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, by the Department of State Services (DSS) yesterday, the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has re-echoed these sentiments. He has described the arrest of Dasuki as the evidence of what he called “a regime of vengeance,” championed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Governor Fayose, maintained that the fight against corruption has his unalloyed support but that it must be done within the provisions of the law. He pointed out that the way it is going presently, speaks of dictatorship even as he declared support for Mr. Dasuki’s demand for an open trial as against the federal government’s demand for a secret trial.
“Disobeying court order and later arresting and detaining the same person the court ordered to be allowed to travel abroad for medicare is the peak of dictatorship.”
Mr. Fayose further stated that “after flagrantly disobeying court orders, whatever that is done or said by the Buhari-led government concerning Sambo Dasuki will appear vindictive and it remains to be seen how a government that refused to obey the court will now charge Dasuki to the same court.
“Again, is it the duty of the DSS to investigate fraud? If Dasuki committed fraud as being alleged, why not let the appropriate government agency handle his matter? Why first torturing him emotionally with the DSS siege on his house?
“My position is that, since the federal government said report of its panel indicted Dasuki, why arresting and detaining him? Why not charge him to court so that he can also accept guilt or defend himself?” the governor lamented.