Revealed: Dasuki Did Not Arrest Buhari in 1983 Coup; Ex-NSA Says He Was Instrumental To His Campaigns
Contrary to popular belief, the embattled immediate past National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) did not arrest the then Head of State, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari during the 1983 palace coup that removed him as the them military leader.
This was contained in a revealing article by a public relations consultant, Mr. Yushau Shuaib, who quoted the former NSA who is currently being accused of treason by the Department of Security Services (DSS), which invaded his house last week seizing his international passports and carting away nine cars in the process.
Shuaib in the article titled: ‘Sambo Dasuki: An Encounter with the Spymaster,’ which is the first of the three-part series, disclosed as part of his conversation with the former Coordinator of the nation’s Counter-Terrorism Operations, he vehemently denied ever carrying out such action as being reported in various media outlets.
He revealed how Dasuki “and two young military officers (they are still alive) travelled to Jos to brief Major General Buhari who was then the GOC of 3 Armoured Division on the furtherance of the planning of the 1983 coup which made Buhari the major beneficiary of the ouster of the elected President Shehu Shagari.
“He even told me how Buhari expressed his bitterness about insinuations on his stewardship in one of the public institutions. Dasuki assured the then GOC not to worry about such reckless and mischievous insinuations.”
The PR consultant said he enquired how he treated Buhari on the day of the August 1985 coup, but Dasuki sworn that he never maltreated nor took part in maltreating President Muhammadu Buhari when he, as military Head of State, was removed in a 1985 coup, as being erroneously alleged.
He said: “I always respect and dignify my seniors and those in positions of authority whether in service or after. Though a young officer, I was reluctant to be among those that arrested him. And I was not.
“I only met him afterward at Bonny Camp with Lawal Rafindadi. There is no way I could have maltreated him as being alleged in some quarters. I am glad most of the actors are still alive.”
He said Dasuki also disclosed how he and some others confronted late General Sani Abacha over June 12 election, which was won by late Chief Mashood Kashimawo Abiola.
He said: “This led to our premature retirement. The persecution that followed forced me into exile, where I teamed up with opposition elements struggling for the return of democracy.”
While revealing how he campaigned for Buhari to emerge the joint candidate of ACN and CPC in 2011, Dasuki disclosed how he pleaded with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in the presence of Bisi Akande to accept Muhammad Buhari as the joint presidential candidate for ACN and CPC.
Dasuki said: “In the belief that Yoruba and south-westerners are never religious fanatics, especially regarding politics, me and my group suggested that Tinubu should be a running mate to Buhari.
“When other elements opposed that proposition, Tinubu team therefore recommended a Buhari-Osinbajo ticket. Unfortunately, the ticket failed to stick as Pastor Tunde Bakare was eventually pushed forward by other forces.”