Christmas for Sowore, Sambo – The Nation Newspaper


WHEN I penned the initial version of this piece, Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation Abubakar Malami was still insisting that the Federal Government could not order the release of Sahara Reporters publisher Omoyele Sowore and ex-National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki. But some hours before this newspaper went to bed, Malami granted my wish and in the spirit of the season, he did what he said he would not do: He ordered the release of Sowore and Dasuki. His reason: Because the courts said so.

Reading Malami’s statement and seeing the reason he gave made me wonder why all the drama of the past few months when in the long run, the government was going to obey the courts.

The disobedience of the court orders had made me wonder what kind of a world we would have had if we are all free to do what we want. Imagine if I am free to slap you and you are free to retaliate; I am free to take over your house, your wife and your kids and you are free to fight back;…



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