“Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them…Therefore saith…the Lord of hosts…I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin. Isaiah 1: 23-25
The above-quoted scripture reveals some divine instructions to those who are to be entrusted with the power to rule and safeguard the common interest. Alas, the great question before us today-corruption!
Permit me to elongate this write-up by striking the relationship between the past (History) and the present (His-story). It was Niccolo Machiavelli that said, ‘Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results.‘ This is why we have decided to adopt historicity in our analyses.
From history, Ibrahim Dasuki, the father of the embattled former National Security Adviser, was the 18th Sultan of Sokoto, Great-great-grandson of Uthman Dan Fodio. Prior to his becoming the Sultan, he held the influential (traditional) title of Baraden Sokoto. The older Dasuki was the first Sultan from the Buhari line of the house of the great Dan Fodio. As a Sultan, Dansuki’s father was the spiritual leader of Nigeria’s Muslim community. He was so influential and worked hard for the happiness of the Talakawas by building several schools and establishing adult literacy classes. He played the role of “the fourth estate realm” in the society. He vehemently opposed the highhandedness of several military regimes, which sometimes put him on the military’s spotlight. His overt posture against the military rule soon earned him the matching orders from the establishment and his subsequent “dethronement” in 1996 by the Sani Abacha Junta.
Enter Sambo Dasuki. His story started when the late Gen. Owoye Azazi, his predecessor, linked the then ruling party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), as being the primary sponsor of Boko Haram sect. For this reason, he (Azazi) was vilified, crucified and lastly, fired. Those who were keen observers at that time knew that the General was living on borrowed time after making that shocking revelation. No one should then wonder why he died under suspicious circumstances in an air crash alongside the then Governor of Kaduna State, Patrick Yakowa. In search of a replacement to Azazi led the presidency to justify the choice of Dasuki as an appointment to mark a change of strategy to deal with an evolving Boko Haram sect that has claimed responsibility for several bomb and shooting attacks in many northern cities. Although, certificate does not translate to performance, Mr Dasuki attended American Universities, Washington DC and George Washington University where he obtained a BA in International Relations and MA in Security Policy Studies respectively.
In the buildup of 2015 general elections, Dansuki’s name appeared more often than even former President Goodluck Jonathan. Do not get us wrong, Dasuki was not a presidential candidate of any political party, but he contested the election!
The 2015 was a titanic election monitored from every nook and crannies in the politically-conscious world. It was an event that was to redefine the fate of a nation engulfed in corruption, impunity, tribalism and all other social ills anyone could think of. The main political gladiators were busy, as usual, with their campaign of calumny, and Dasuki featured prominently. Unlike the older Dasuki, Sambo acted the agent of ‘regime security’ for diversion of Intervention Funds into the accounts of cronies and friends. Some “elder statesmen” collected money-while we were kept in the dark-and presented PDP sole presidential candidate to us as Yoruba interest. There is God (I have missed Mama Peace!)
The truth is daily unfolding itself, the blood of innocent in ‘Borunu’ are crying for vengeance…the goat at home should tell the one in diaspora that we have a lion king, who is fearless and focus, in whose era the wicked and mindless looters shall be prosecuted. There is no safe haven, every witch and wizard that fed from the blood of the innocent shall be hunted.
It is no longer news that Sambo Dasuki participated in the 1983 Nigeria coup de ’tat that installed Major General Muhammadu Buhari (as he then was) as Nigeria’s Head of State. Later, as a prototype double standard, he was among four majors who arrested him Muhamudu Buhari in the 1985 palace coup. Some, who could not see beyond their noses perceived the current travail of the former National Security Adviser as a political vendetta-that is a political matter and should be solved politically. The truth is, money has been stolen and those that benefited should face the music no matter the political divide.
Prince Lamido Sanusi distinct from embattled prince, served the nation meritoriously and was elevated from CBN to Emirate. So unfortunate, thus see the tragedy of a prince, Sambo Dasuki, from NSA to where? Could we say Ibrahim Dasuki, the father was right when he answered a question on the challenges confronting Nigeria, and he answered: “Any problem we have is from you the new breed”? Who say we can’t have a new breed without greed? God, save this nation!
This should sound as warning note to the president as Machiavelli cautioned: “A man who is made a prince by the favor of the people must work to retain their friendship…” No excuses should be given, whether PDP or APC, anybody found guilty must be punished and face full wrath of the law.
Remi Otuneye is a Political Scientist and Public Affairs Analyst based in Lagos. He can be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org