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The federal government has given reasons why it believes the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, should not be granted bail.

Dasuki was arrested by operatives of the Department of Security Service (DSS) in December 2015, over “illegal possession of firearms”.

The former NSA was also accused of diverting $2.1billion while he served as NSA.

He is facing separate trials for the alleged offences.

Since his arrest, Dasuki has been granted bail multiple times by different courts.

The latest bail was approved on July 2, but the Nigerian government has refused to release him.

In an interview with the Voice of America (VOA), the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami (SAN) defended the decision not to release Mr Dasuki.

“What I want you to know is that issues concerning law and order under Muhammadu Buhari are sacrosanct and obeying court order is compulsory,” he said.

“However you should also know that there is a general consensus world over that where the dispute is only between individuals, then you can consider the issue based on the instant situation.

“But if the dispute is about an issue that affects an entire nation, then you have to remember that government is about the people not for only an individual.

“So you have to look at it from this perspective. If the issue about an individual coincides with that which affects the people of a nation and you are now saying the government did not obey a court order that infringes on a single person’s rights.

“Remember we are talking about a person who was instrumental to the deaths of over one hundred thousand people. Are you saying that the rights of one person is more important than that of 100,000 who lost their lives?

“Reports have shown that there was massive mismanagement of funds meant for military hardware which the military could not access and that led to the death of many, embezzlement of the fund and because of that many people have lost their lives.

“Obeying the court is not the issue per say. Are we going to take the issue of an individual more important than that of the people? The government’s main responsibility is for and about the people.

“The essence of governance is to better the lives of its people. So you have to weigh it based on that; the rights of an individual or the rights of the people.”

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Nigeria Worse Than During Civil War — Obasanjo Drops Bombshell

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has lamented over the current state of disunity in Nigeria.

Obasanjo said that Nigeria was not as divided as this during the civil war in comparison to the worst situation of things as they are now.

The former president said this while Speaking at a one-day ‘2019 annual retreat/conference and general meeting’ of members of Association of Chief Audit Executives of Banks in Nigeria (ACAEBIN) held at Park Inn, Abeokuta in Ogun State yesterday

The former president urged Nigerians to partner one another at home, within communities, states, countries, sub-African region and African continent, adding that Nigeria was in danger if “we don’t take partnership seriously.”

“When we look at this country today, even during the civil war, we were not as divided as we are now. Today, we are in danger if we don’t take partnership serious. That partnership should be within our people, Africa and the rest of the world.

“As chief audit, it is defined by virtue of what you are doing as a profession. If the audit is awry, banking business will not be right.

“What I want to emphasise is that it is a must as Nigerians and Africans that we have certain elements that we have to take very seriously which I put as 5Ps.

“The first is politics which is governance. Unless we get governance right, any other thing we are trying to do will not be right.

“The second is population. Our population at independence was estimated to be 45 million, but today we are almost 200 million. By the year 2050, we will be over 400 million. Normally, population should be an asset but looking at the condition we are in now, when in the North-east of Nigeria, the percentage of adult literacy is about 53 percent, and education being the basic of all human development, you can see that we have a problem.

“How do we think of setting education to be useful? Those people who will make our education over 400 million people in many years’ time are already born, and you cannot unborn them. So the problem is here, what do we do?

“We must provide education for them, housing, healthcare and most importantly, employment for them.

“One thing that I believe will help us is to provide employment is agricultural business. And you in the banking business must pay attention to how we build the agriculture sector. I am not talking of horticulture, I am talking of the whole value chain, from land preparation to the end product. And if we are able to get that right, maybe we will be able to get the issue of employment for our teeming youths right as well as rural development right.

“The next one is prosperity. I am not being bothered about Nigeria or Africa’s poverty. We have everything to generate wealth. We have God-given resources under our soil. We also have human resources. If we bring these together, then we will definitely get prosperity

“Another one is security. People must be protected in all aspect. Protection of lives and property is most important.”

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Adeleke vs Oyetola: Osun APC, PDP Members Embark On Three Days Fasting And Prayer Ahead Of Friday’s Court Judgement

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Some members of the All Progressives Congress and Peoples Democratic Party have embarked on fasting and prayer to ensure a favorable judgment by the Election Petitions Tribunal on PDP’s Ademola Adeleke’s petition against Adegboyega Oyetola’s election as Osun State governor last year.

The tribunal sitting in Abuja on Tuesday informed both parties to the case that it would give judgement on the Adeleke’s petition against Oyetola of the APC on Friday.

A statement by the Osun State chairman of the PDP, Mr Soji Adagunodo, directed members of the party to fast and pray on Thursday ahead of the ruling.

Sources told our correspondent that a PDP group on Tuesday commenced a three-day fasting and prayer for divine intervention in the judgement.

In a telephone interview with our correspondent, Adagunodo said the party believed in the power of prayer and fasting.

Also, two APC groups –Asiwaju Grassroots Foundation and Giomania – said they would hold a special prayer session on Thursday to seek the face of God for a favourable judgement on the case.

The groups in a statement jointly signed by their coordinators, Sikiru Tijani and Abdul Adegboyega, said, “This prayer became imperative because we cannot afford to take the state which has been experiencing a monumental development in the last eight years back to abject poverty and penury.

“Our prayer will surely be answered because God is not unjust. We believe in the efficacy of prayer. Since we are on the right side of justice, victory is guaranteed.

“We believe so much in our party and we are very optimistic that the judgement will favour us. “The people of Osun have spoken through their votes, they turned out massively during the election to elect Oyetola. So there is no cause for alarm.”

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#OurMumuDonDo: Deji Adeyanju Releases Audio Evidence Of CharlyBoy Confessing He Collected Money From Keyamo [LISTEN]

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An audio has emerged of co-covener of ‘Our Mumu Don Do Movement’ Charlyboy allegedly confessing to collecting money from Festus Keyamo, spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress presidential campaign council.

Recall that Adeyanju on Wednesday revealed that Charlyboy confessed to him that he collected money form President Muhammadu Buhari to attack Atiku before the presidential election.

Adeyanju also threatened to release an audio evidence of his conversation with Charlyboy where he confessed.

However, Charlyboy reacting did not refute or accept the allegation by Deji.

In an audio obtained by SaharaReporters on Thursday, Charlyboy was allegedly heard, saying he met with Festus Keyamo and collected money from him.

He, however, did not state if he collected the money in order to attack Atiku Abubakar.

Excerpts from the audio courtesy Sahara Reporters:

Adeyanju: “Is it true you collected money from Festus Keyamo and you were meeting with him? You told so many people that you collected money from him.

Charlyboy: “Ehn that thing they talk about Keyamo is a very big truth but not like that.

“Festus came here after we talked about your problem, I asked Festus, do you believe in what I’m doing, he said yes.

“So I told him because you don go follow these people, you no go fit support me?

“Anybody can say anything, e no concern me because if I carry that for head, I no suppose dey here.”

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