A former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has criticized the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s treatment of Sambo Dasuki saying the former National Security Adviser is being subjected to mental and psychological torture.
In a statement Thursday, Mr. Fani-Kayode said the State Security Service prevented Mr. Dasuki from getting medical attention abroad despite a court permission.
“As far as I am concerned they are trying to kill him simply by denying him the right to see his doctors even though they know that he is very sick,” said Mr. Fani-Kayode, who headed the Peoples’ Democratic Party presidential campaign at the last general elections.
“If this were not the case then why are they indulging in all this dangerous and reckless drama. If they want to prosecute him that is fair enough but at least they should ensure that he stays well and that he remains alive and that they don’t kill him. You cannot prosecute a dead body and you cannot charge a man to court after he is dead.”
Mr. Dasuki, who is under investigation, is currently being questioned over how a $2.2 billion meant for arms procurement was diverted through his office for political purposes.
On Wednesday, Mr. Dasuki was transferred from the SSS custody to that of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
“I saw Dasuki on various occasions before his arrest and I assure you that he really is very ill,” Mr. Fani-Kayode said.
“What harm could have been done by allowing him to see his doctor as the courts ordered? Does he not have the right to live and get medical treatment? Is it not clear that there is more to this than meets the eye?
“Why are people remaining silent when this is a clear case of vendetta, vengeance, wickedness, injustice and a crude attempt to destroy, silence and kill an innocent man? It is Dasuki today but it could be anyone else tomorrow.”
The former minister also expressed “deep concern” over the SSS operatives’ invasion of Kayode Are’s home on Wednesday.
Mr. Are, a retired army Colonel, was a former Director-General of the SSS.
”I am not sure what the issue is about but a situation where security men go to the home of a respected patriot like that and start shooting at him and his family for whatever reason is unacceptable and extremely dangerous,” said Mr. Fani-Kayode.
“When you consider what is happening in Are’s home and marry with the shameful manner in which Colonel Sambo Dasuki, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Governor Attahiru Bafawara, Alhaji Bashir Yuguda, Nnamdi Kanu, Godswill Orubebe, Bukola Saraki, Sule Lamido and others are being persecuted, threatened and demonised by the Federal Government it is clear that we are now in a police state in which law and order has broken down and in which anything can happen.
“The truth is that the Buhari government is playing a dangerous game of Russian roulette with a loaded gun and if they are not careful it will soon explode. If they are not careful they will soon lose the confidence and trust of the people. They do not fear God. They are vindictive, petty, vicious, unforgiving and unjust and if they continue in this way apart from alienating the people they run the risk of provoking the wrath of God.
“If they have any evidence of wrongdoing on the part of Dasuki or anyone else then they should present it in court rather than on the pages of newspapers and if they wish to charge anyone they should go ahead and do so in a lawful, proper and civilized manner. The era of witchhunting and demonising people and attempting to cower and subdue them into silence are long over.”