Alhaji Atiku Abubakar on Friday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to call the security agencies to order and refrain from heating up the polity.
Abubakar, who served as Obasanjo’s deputy between 1999 and 2007, said this in response to allegations raised by ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari was planning to frame him up.
The former vice president in a statement said Obasanjo had paid his dues and should be treated with dignity.
The statement read, “I have received with serious concern the purported alert raised by former President Olusegun Obasanjo of an alleged plot by the government to arrest him on trumped up charges.”
“I am disturbed by this turn of events in our dear country considering the huge price that was paid for us to have democracy.
“I wish to advise that government and its agents should retrace their steps to avoid aggravating the already over heated polity.
“The alert by President Obasanjo is coming against the backdrop of earlier alerts by some leaders, especially those of the opposition of deliberate and orchestrated attempt to intimidate and frame them up.
“I wish to state without equivocation that President Obasanjo is a historical figure in Nigeria’s democracy and that the primary purpose of government is to provide security of lives and property of all citizens and residents irrespective of their status, political affiliation, religious inclination and ethnic leanings.
“Our nation has lost so much precious lives and property that we can no longer afford to travel that road again.
“I wish to appeal to President Buhari to call the security agencies to order in order to douse the tension in the land.”