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Presidency tackles Sambo Dasuki over Boko Haram comments

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

The embattled former National Security Ad­viser, NSA, Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd), has drawn the ire of the ruling All Progres­sives Congress (APC) govern­ment of President Muhamma­du Buhari, over his remarks about how the Boko Haram insurgents were defeated, con­tained in a book ‘Boko Haram Media War- An Encounter with the Spymas­ter’ written by Yushau A. Sh­uaib.

Dasuki was the NSA in the last administration and is currently being prosecuted by the Muhammadu Buhari administration for fraudulent arms purchases then and acts capable of undermining na­tional security.
Dasuki, writing from the confines of his detention room, had painted a flowery picture of the prompt inter­vention of the former Presi­dent Goodluck Jonathan’s regime in tackling the Boko-Haram menace and recover­ing dozens of towns and vil­lages, which led to the smooth conduct of 2015 General Elec­tions in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria.
“In the war-front are evi­dent success stories which Sh­uaib has mentioned in some of the articles that featured in this book, especially on media relations, self-censor­ship, gallantry in recovering dozens of cities and towns among other declassified revelations.
“In fact, without our in­tervention in ensuring the defeat of Boko Haram, the electorates could not have had the opportunity to ex­ercise their franchise. It is a fact that we provided peace and stability that afforded Nigerians, especially in the North-East in voting for their governors, legislators and others in the 2015 elec­tions”, Dasuki stated in the book’s Forward.
In a swift reaction, yes­terday, the Presidency lam­pooned the narrative of the new book on Dasuki, de­scribing it as another unfor­tunate attempt by inglorious Nigerians to rewrite the his­tory of our country in such a way as to cover the sins of the past.
Buhari’s Spokesman, Garba Shehu, lambasted the authors, stressing that the ‘su­perlative’ claims in the book are false and should be seen as an attempt to deceive Ni­gerians with blatant lies.

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