- AGF Abubakar Malami argues that Sambo Dasuki’s personal rights can be violated for the larger public good
- He accuses the former NSA of being instrumental to the deaths of over 100,000 people
- Dasuki inches closer to freedom as judge signs bail application
The attorney general of the federation, Abubakar Malami, has said the federal government has cogent reasons not to grant bail to a former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki.
Premium Times reports that Malami in an interview with the Voice of America (VOA) Hausa, published on July 13, argued that Dasuki’s personal rights can be violated for the larger public good.
The attorney general reportedly made the comments after a federal court recently granted Dasuki bail, the latest of such orders.
He said the Buhari administration was commited to obeying court orders, but that Dasuki’s case was unique in that it was an issue that affects an entire nation,.
Malami accused the former NSA of being instrumental to the deaths of over 100,000 people.
“What I want you to know is that issues concerning law and order under Muhammadu Buhari are sacrosanct and obeying court order is compulsory,” he said.
“However you should also know that there is a general consensus world over that where the dispute is only between individuals, then you can consider the issue based on the instant situation. But if the dispute is about an issue that affects an entire nation, then you have to remember that government is about the people not for only an individual.
“So you have to look at it from this perspective. If the issue about an individual coincides with that which affects the people of a nation and you are now saying the government did not obey a court order that infringes on a single person’s rights. Remember we are talking about a person who was instrumental to the deaths of over one hundred thousand people. Are you saying that the rights of one person is more important than that of 100,000 who lost their lives?
“Reports have shown that there was massive mismanagement of funds meant for military hardware which the military could not access and that led to the death of many, embezzlement of the fund and because of that many people have lost their lives.
"Obeying the court is not the issue per say. Are we going to take the issue of an individual more important than that of the people? The government’s main responsibility is for and about the people. The essence of governance is to better the lives of its people. So you have to weigh it based on that; the rights of an individual or the rights of the people.”
Meanwhile, a Federal High Court judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, has formally endorsed the bail application granted former national security adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retd).
Vanguard reports that Justice Ojukwu signed the bail application after Dasuki perfected all the conditions imposed on him by the court in the bail granted him on July 2, 2018.
Sources close to Dasuki said family members and associates of the former government official have been arriving Abuja in anticipation of his release in compliance with the court order.
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