Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has accused the President Muhammadu Buhari administration of plotting to slam false charges on him, to pave the way for his indefinite detention.
The former leader said the government was planning to use fake documents and witnesses against him. Obasanjo said this in a statement by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, on Friday.
The claim is the latest twist after weeks of bitter exchanges between the two leaders, who fell apart after Obasanjo accused Buhari or ineptitude and corruption, and advised him not to seek reelection.
Buhari responded recently by accusing his predecessor of frittering away $16 billion on phony electricity projects. Obasanjo hit back at the “ignorant” claim.
Speaking through his aide on Friday, the former president said plans to silence him were in two fold, among which is a plot to cause the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to reopen investigation into the activities of his administration.
He said the Buhari administration had also perfected a plan to use fake documents and witnesses against him.
He said this will be a re-enactment of the Abacha era in which he (Obasanjo) was detained on trumped up charges.
The presidency could not be immediately reached for comments.
The former president said he had been told that his name was on the government’s “watch list”, and that the security of his life cannot be guaranteed.
He however said no amount of campaign of calumny, no matter how well contrived, orchestrated or marketed would deter him from speaking out.
“Since Chief Olusegun Obasanjo declared in his State-of-the-Nation Special Statement on January 23, 2018, the desperation to frustrate, intimidate and blackmail him into abandoning his divine mandate to protect the rights of the people to better life and living continued unabated and has even taken a bizarre dimension,” the statement said.
The statement said the first option to silence him was 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”.