👤By Danjuma Aliyu
Olusegun Obasanjo, a former President of Nigeria, has raised concerns about his safety.
The UN envoy who served as a military president in the 70’s and also a civilian president between 1999 and 2007, was informed by “impeccable security sources that his name was on their Watch List and that the security of his life cannot be guaranteed.”
The 81-year-old who says his “informants” are members of the “top echelon of the Nation’s security management and close to the corridors of power,” made the headlines recently when President Muhammadu Buhari, 75, accused him of wasting 16 Billion American dollars on power project.
But, Chief Obasanjo has denied the allegation, stating that they were made based on “ignorance.”
He states that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC is to be “made to stand down the existing report that gave him a clean bill of health on budget spent during his tenure.”
Chief Obasanjo believes that President Buhari “want him indicted, fair or foul for possible prosecution and persecution like it is being done to real and perceived opponents, enemies and critics of this Government.”
Although, he thinks his constant criticism of Nigeria’s Commander-in-Chief might see him loose his freedom, Chief Obasanjo, fondly known as Baba Iyabo wouldn’t be cowed.
He accused the President Buhari led Government of using operatives to plot on ways to curtail his personal liberties.
He said he was willing to be give an account of his tenure, but he would only be interrogated by a credible panel.
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The elder state an reiterates his “readiness to face probe again after that of the House of Representatives, the Senate, the ICPC, and the EFCC, but before an independent, objective and credible panel of enquiry to account for his stewardship in Government and beyond.”
In a statement, Chief Obasanjo who has been critical of President Muhammadu Buhari said: “The content of the alleged beastly designs, it was learnt are two-fold for now. One, to seize his International Passport and clamp him into detention indefinitely, in order to prevent him from further expressing angst on the pervasive mediocrity in the quality of governance, economic management and in the protection of lives and property by the Government.
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The Statement written by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi explains that “ordinarily, we would not have dignified these reports with a response but for the fact that many of these informants are not known for flippant and frivolous talks.
“Secondly, this Government has demonstrably exhibited apathy, and in some cases, encouraged by its conduct, daily loss of lives and property in many States of the country, the office cannot be indifferent.”
He adds: “But, since that could expose the Government to a swath of international condemnation, embarrassment and outrage, it is said that another plot being hatched is to cause the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to re-open investigation into the activities of Chief Obasanjo’s administration using false witnesses and documents. This will be a re-enactment of the Abacha era in which Chief Obasanjo was one of the principal victims”
The statement notes the current predicament of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who accused the Nigerian Police Force of working to “implicate” him over the National Assembly’s insistence that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris appears in the upper chamber to give an report on the incessant killing in the country.
“We are currently in a nation where the Number Three citizen is currently being harangued and the Number Four citizen is facing similar threat within the same Government they serve, Chief Obasanjo’s authorised statement reads further.
“There is a groundswell of our nationals that live in fear that they could be hounded, harassed, maimed or even killed as the battle for 2019 takes this worrisome dimension.
“For Chief Obasanjo, this is a joke carried too far and being someone who do not act on unofficial information, he had cautioned all informants and adopted a wait-and-see attitude to the bestial propositions allegedly being contemplated to cow, cage and embarrass him.”