Olusegun Obasanjo has raised alarm over an alleged plot by President Muhammadu Buhari to frame him for a crime in a bid to silence his criticism of his administration.
The former president made the sensational claim in a press statement signed by his spokesperson, Kehinde Akinyemi, on Friday, June 8, 2018. Obasanjo alleged that Buhari’s administration has an active plan to indefinitely detain him by using false witnesses and documents to frame him.
According to him, he caught wind of the plot after he was tipped off by several reliable security sources who have told him that he’s on a government watchlist and that the security of his life cannot be guaranteed.
Comparing the alleged plot to something more likely to be seen during the era of military dictator, Sani Abacha, Obasanjo said it largely involves making the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) reopen investigation into the activities of his administration.
The former president alleged that the current witch hunt against him is fueled by his wave of criticism against Buhari starting with his scathing statement in January where he failed the president’s administration and called on him to step down after his first term.
Obasanjo also compared the alleged plot to the criminal allegations hanging over the head of current senate president, Bukola Saraki, who has been accused of being the political sponsor of a criminal gang that killed 33 people during a robbery operation in Offa, Kwara, in April.