Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has alleged that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari “is daily perfecting plans on how to curtail his personal liberties and hang a crime on him”.
Obasanjo made the allegation in a statement issued by his spokesman, Kehinde Akinyemi on Friday in Abeokuta
According to him, a part of the plan is to seize his International passport and clamp him into detention indefinitely, in order to prevent him from further expressing his views on the pervasive mediocrity in the quality of governance, economic management and in the protection of lives and property by the government.
Obasanjo added that 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 the investigation into the activities of his administration between 1999 and 2007, using false witnesses and documents.
Obasanjo said he would not have raised the alarm were it not for the ongoing victimisation of Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara of the House of Representatives.
The former president said the government of President Muhammadu Buhari was daily perfecting plans on how to curtail his personal liberties and hang a crime on him.
The Full Statement
Impeccable security sources have alleged Chief Obasanjo’s name is on their watch list and that the security of his life cannot be guaranteed,” read the statement.
According to these informants, many of who are in the top echelon of the nation’s security management and close to the corridors of power, the operatives are daily perfecting how to curtail the personal liberties of the former president and hang a crime on him.
“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.
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.
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,” he said.
For Chief Obasanjo, this is a joke carried too far and being someone who does 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.
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.
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 an 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 same EFCC that had conducted a clinical investigation on the activities of Obasanjo in and out of Government, it was said, would now be made to stand down the existing report that gave Chief Obasanjo a clean bill of health on the probes are now to get 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.