The HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) is hereby calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to call for an urgent meeting with General Abdulrahman Dambazau a former Chief of Army Staff requesting him to do a memo to him (Mrs President) disclosing the identities of the characters that put him under pressure to overthrow a properly constituted democratically elected and inaugurated government of the former president Good Luck Jonathan. This is because the allegation that certain civilians plotted or actively made intensive pressure on the then Army Chief to overthrow a government is tantamount to high treason because the chapter (1), part 1 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended in section (2) of the 1999 constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria states thus: “The Federal Republic of Nigeria shall not be governed, nor shall any person or group of persons take control of the government of Nigeria or any part thereof, except in accordance with the provisions of this constitution.”
And the statute of limitation is virtually not applicable in this instance because committing an offence of high treason can be charged even after 50 years.
First of all, the president should give a national award to General Sani Kukasheka Usman who made the disclosure. So Nigerians need to know those undemocratic elements who want to jeopardize democracy because they can also attempt to overthrow the government of President Muhammadu Buhari. Even if you don’t want to punish them, at least Nigerians deserve to know those who does not want democracy to thrive so that we can keep them at bay and the Federal Attorney General should also look into the matter and figure out the right charges they deserve should the President decide to enforce the law on treason.
Soecifically, the Former spokesman of the Nigerian Army, Brig.-Gen. Kukasheka Usman (rtd), on Tuesday spilled an untold story that would shock many Nigerians, as he revealed how ex-Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), was pressured to topple President Goodluck Jonathan following the passing of President Umaru Yar’Adua in 2010.
Usman made the disclosure in Abuja at the 2022 Blueprint Newspapers Annual Public Lectures and Impact Series/Award. He said Dambazau not only resisted the pressure from people the former army spokesperson described as enemies of Nigeria, but he also promised the international community, which got wind of the development, he would do no such thing.
Recounting how Dambazau resisted pressure to overthrow the Jonathan government, Usman said, “One thing Nigerians do not know is that if we are counting champions of democracy in this country, there is no way you will not mention Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, and I will tell you why.
“Way back in the days when President Umar Yar’Adua was sick, he was the Chief of Army Staff and I had the privilege of being public relations officer in the office of the army chief. I had the privilege of moving with him. We always moved together and I knew.
“Even though he is a prolific writer, he is yet to come out with his memoir and part of that memoir should be an expose of those people that undermined democracy in this country.
“I am saying this with every sense of responsibility, because that time the same group of politicians were the ones lobbying him to take over government unconstitutionally. We have the records and when he started writing the memoir, with due respect to him, I told him that he had to mention the names of the individuals so that posterity will remember them for who they are.
“Up till now, we are still contending with that issue and I know that the international community showed concern, to the extent that they had to meet with him, where he promised that he will not take over government.
“We still live with the flaks, where in some parts of the country, they call us women, because an opportunity came and we did not take advantage of it to take over government. Now, what am I driving at? All these issues that we are talking about lack focus on critical issues, discussing mundane issues; they are threatening the very corporate existence of this nation.
“When we visited 44 Reference Hospital, Kaduna, people were asking when the announcement was going to be made about taking over the government. I’m so happy Gen. Akinyemi, the GOC 3rd Amoured Division (Jos) is still alive. You can ask him.
“A simple phone call to him to roll out the tanks and Gen. Dambazau would have been head of state, but he resisted that temptation, simply, because he had the interest of this nation at heart and he knows that democracy is the best form of government for this country.”
*Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko:
HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA). AUGUST 17TH 2022.