Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti state, has asked former President Olusegun Obasanjo to clear his name and stop raising alarm on plot to arrest him. In a statement on Friday, Obasanjo accused the government of President Muhammadu Buhari of plotting to hang a crime on him.
But Fayose said Obasanjo deserves whatever “humiliation” he gets from the current administration.
He also told Buhari to be careful because he would not be president forever.
“Nigerians are being humiliated and tried every day by the dictatorial government of President Muhammadu Buhari that he (Obasanjo) helped to enthrone,” he said in a statement. “Some of us have gone through trials before and we are not afraid of trials even today.
“The President can go ahead and arrest Obasanjo if he desires but he should remember that what goes around comes around. He won’t be President forever too. After all, they have been intimidating and humiliating former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife.”
Fayose referred Obasanjo to page 96 of ‘My Watch’, the autobiography of the elder statesman.
“I prefer him (Buhari) to jail me than Jonathan to return to destroy this nation,” Obasanjo wrote in the book.
Fayose said since Obasanjo preferred to be jailed by Buhari, he should not be afraid to go to prison.
He said Obasanjo refused to speak when Buhari’s government allegedly harassed people in the past.
“When other Nigerians were at the receiving end of President Buhari’s dictatorship, Obasanjo was going in and out of the Presidential Villa.“Where was he when Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) was arrested and detained since 2015 despite court orders for his release? When over 1,000 members of the Nigeria’s Islamic Movement were killed in Zaria and their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky arrested and dumped in detention since 2016 despite of court orders, what did Obasanjo do?
“Where was Obasanjo when armed men of the DSS invaded the Ekiti State house assembly and abducted one of its members? Did Obasanjo travel out of Nigeria when judges were being arrested in the night in a Gestapo manner?
“Obasanjo lacks moral rights to complain about Buhari’s government because himself and the President have been partners for over 40 years. It was when President Buhari served as Minister of Petroleum and NNPC Chairman in 1977 under Obasanjo that N2.8 billion oil money went missing from the accounts of the NNPC in Midlands Bank, United Kingdom.
“Both Buhari and Obasanjo are already spent forces and have gone senile. Nigerians no longer need the two old men and the more they fight themselves, the better for the country.”