Posted on Fri 8 Jun 2018, 11:17 PM

Statement By former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Alarm Raised By former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to call security agencies to order over reported plot to arrest his former boss, Olusegun Obasanjo,on trumped up charges.

Former President Obasanjo on Friday evening accused the federal government of planning to frame him with criminal allegations. He raised alarm over suspected threat to his life.

Alhaji Atiku warned the federal government and its agencies to avert further heating up of the polity by retracing its steps in the alleged plot.

"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."

The former VP's intervention is coming to many as a surprise as he had been at loggerhead  with Obasanjo since they left office in 2007. 

Read the full statement below:

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 advice 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.  

Atiku Abubakar
Vice President of Nigeria, 1999-2007
June 8th 2018

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