Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, on Friday, said he has uncovered grand plans by President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to hang phantom crimes on him.
Obasanjo, added that since his State-of-the-Nation Special Statement on January 23, 2018, the Federal Government had 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, made the accusations in a statement signed by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.
According to Obasanjo in the statement, he got information through impeccable security sources that his name was on their 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.
He, however, took a swipe at the government for demonstrating apathy and encouraged its conduct, observing many Nigerians, now live in fear of being hounded, harassed, maimed or even killed as the battle for 2019 takes worrisome dimension.
Obasanjo, who expressed regrets that the government has resorted to “shameless desperation to cow opposition”, declared that “resort to blackmail, despotism and Gestapo-tactics being employed by the goons of this government would not hold water”, adding “no government ever remains in power forever”.
The statement reads: “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.
“Impeccable security sources have alleged Chief Obasanjo’s name is on their Watch List and that the security of his life cannot be guaranteed.