By Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta
It is a becoming a pattern. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, has joined a long line of politicians who have political differences with President Muhammadu Buhari that have accused the administration of plotting to hang fabricated crimes on them.
Obasanjo, in a statement signed by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi in Abeokuta on Friday, stated that since his State-of-the-Nation Special Statement on January 23, 2018, the Federal Government has embarked on desperate efforts to frustrate, intimidate and blackmail him into abandoning what he termed “divine mandate to protect the rights of the people to better life and living”.
He noted that the plot has continued unabated and even taken a bizarre dimension recently.
Obasanjo said he got information through impeccable security sources that his name was on the government Watch List and that the security of his life cannot be guaranteed.
He explained that the informants, many of who are in the top echelon of the nation’s security management and close to the corridors of power, further hinted him that security operatives are daily perfecting how to curtail the personal liberties of the former president and hang a crime on him.
The former president stated that one of such plans to curtail him was to seize his international passport and clamp him in detention indefinitely.
This, according to him was to prevent him from further expressing his angst and criticisms of President Buhari’s administration’s quality of governance, mismanagement of the country’s economy and failure to secure lives and property of Nigerians.
He further pointed out that since such step could expose the government to a swath of international condemnation, embarrassment and outrage, another plot being hatched is to cause the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to re-open investigation into the activities of his administration using false witnesses and documents.
This, Obasanjo noted will be a re-enactment of the Abacha era in which he was one of the principal victims.
The senate president, Bukola Saraki is currently facing investigation over alleged links to some armed robbers shortly after he accused the police of plotting to frame him for some crime.