- The federal government has blasted former national security adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki of making N1.2billion transactions in one day without explaining what the deals were about
- Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed said the government could not guarantee whether Dasuki would still stay in the country, if granted bail
- Mohammed has also warned against beating drums of war adding that the consequences of war would be as debilitating on those promoting it
President Muhammadu Buhari’s government has blasted the former national security adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki of making N1.2billion transactions in one day without explaining what the deals were about.
Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed made this known in his Oro hometown in Kwara state, The Nation reports.
Mohammed said that Dasuki would remain in custody for security reasons.
‘‘At every point in time, a government will make a hard decision between your personal liberty and national security.
‘’Now in the wake of 9/11, the United States (U.S.) came with regulation that breached the personal rights of Americans and all of us because of national security.
‘‘In the case of El- Zakzaky and Dasuki, we are also talking about national security.”
‘‘This is an individual who made $1.2 billion transactions in one day and up till today, he has refused to tell government where the money went to and who he has given the money and people are saying we should release him,” the minister said.
He also warned against beating drums of war adding that the consequences of war would be as debilitating on those promoting it.
Those “beating the war drum, God forbid, if the war happens, they will not escape it,” he said.
Muhammed said: “The impunity with which people make very inflammatory speeches, the reckless statements people make without caring for the consequences – the advent of the social media, which is largely faceless and has so much power but absolutely has no control – has fueled the phenomenon.
“Before the advent of social media, there were rules of engagement. Before, journalists follow the ethics of the profession that facts are sacred, but comments are free.
“This government does not have an official policy to marginalise any part of the country. The records are there. I don’t think that hate speeches are being fueled by anybody being marginalised.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) said the government of President Muhammadu Buhari has not respected the rule of law like it promised on May 29, 2015.
The NBA said the continued detention of a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and the leader of the Shi’ite movement, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, despite court orders which admitted them to bail is disrespect for the laws of the country.
The NBA spoke through its national president, Abubakar Mahmoud, in Abuja to mark the 2017 Democracy Day.
Watch this NAIJ.com TV Video of Nigeria's minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, 'sold' Nigeria recently; Mercy Aigbe's domestic violence saga: