A former Aide de Camp (ADC) to President Muhammadu Buhari when he was Governor of Gongola and Military Head of State, Alhaji Al-Mustapha Haruna Jokolo has lambasted the Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar and Northern elites over what he described as their hypocrisy and complacency on injustice and insecurity in the North.
The deposed Emir of Gwandu who was deposed in 2005 had already secured two judgments from High Court and Court of Appeal ordering his reinstatement as the Emir of Gwandu Emirate, launched a virulent attack on Northerners, describing them as people who feign high principles but behave otherwise, especially on the plight of the former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (Rtd).
In an interview with Saturday Sun (Print Edition), Jokolo was reacting to specifically to the injustice in the handling of Colonel Sambo Dasuki’s incarceration by Northern elites saying their role was disappointing. On the indifference of Northerner elites, including Sultan of Sokoto on the disobedience to court orders over the case of Dasuki, who is also a prince of the Sokoto caliphate, Jokolo said: “We are complacent people (in the North) and sometimes hypocritical…Northerners are hypocritical. “Look at the Sultan, what is he doing about it? Look at the Sultan, what is he doing about it (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 people (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.”
When asked if it was possible for the North to work underground to ensure Dasuki is released on bail with the orders of the courts, Alhaji Jokolo pointed out that, they were not willing. He said: “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?