Interview, Society

Jokolo Lambasts Sultan

Former Emir of Gwandu and President Muhammadu Buhari’s ex-Aide de Camp (ADC), Alhaji Al-Mustapha Haruna Jokolo has lambasted the Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar and other Northern leaders…

“We are complacent people in the North and sometimes hypocritical…Northerners are hypocritical. Look at the Sultan, what is he doing about Dasuki’s incarceration? Is it because of personal grievances between families? Has he ever led the council of Emirs or religious groups to come and plead for Sambo?”

“Instead, he was saying Buhari should go and execute looters. What kind of nonsense is that? What I am saying is that we are just not sincere at all. You Southerners are at the vanguard of fighting for democracy more than the North. And that is why I don’t like being selective. If you are going to do something, do it. You did it for me.”

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“Northern leaders are not willing to work underground to ensure Dasuki is released on bail with the orders of the courts. If they can do that why is the Sultan making noise saying that they should do this to them? Is he not the person who is supposed to help this man out? Which of these traditional rulers have you heard speaking about Dasuki’s case… What does it even take these so-called religious leaders to go and meet the president or whoever it is and tell him to release Sambo?”

“If Sambo Dasuki has committed an offence that requires him facing the firing squad, shoot him. Nobody will say you should not carry out any punishment pronounced by the law court. No. But the court has said release him. They did not say don’t go to court with him. The court says release him on bail on given times.”

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“So, if you won’t respect court order why did you go to court/why did you appoint judges? Why did you sit down and discuss with them? Why do you speak from both sides of your mouth? On the one hand you say one thing on the next time you do different altogether. Do you think people are not intelligent?”

“Nobody can give anybody guarantee but we pray to God that they will be sensible to do that. Buhari is now a politician. But I do not think honestly that it is right to be refusing Sambo to go home after the Court has granted him bail. If we do not want Sambo around, then let’s shoot him; that’s all. We can’t continue with this. He has a family, friends and relations for God’s sake. Even his enemies are now crying out for justice.”

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“So, I don’t think I will accept anybody telling me now for the sixth time that he would not be allowed to go home. No. That is irresponsible and unacceptable either. Let me ask you a question. Is it because Sambo is from the North and a Muslim?”

– Culled from VANGUARD