Nigeria’s former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has made the explosive revelation that the late dictator, Gen Sani Abacha was responsible for the death of late Gen Shehu Musa Yar’Adua.
According to Sahara Reporters, in his usual bombastic and no-holds-barred style, Obasanjo said it was the plan of the late Abacha to have him, Yar’Adua and hero of the June 12 presidential election, the late Moshood Abiola killed while in prison.
Speaking at a dinner program organized by an inter-denominational Christian organization,Christ The Redeemer’s Friends International of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Lagos Province, Obasanjo alleged that Yar’Adua was poisoned by Abacha’s killer squad, adding that he was next in line until God intervened.
“Two people had earlier told me Abacha promised that three of us would not come out of prison or detention alive; myself. Shehu Yar Adua and MKO Abiola. And two of them did not come out alive,” the former president said.
Hinting at a divine calling in his life, Obasanjo said he came out alive despite Abacha defiantly bent on having him killed.
“In the meantime, there were national and international pressures for my release, (former US) President Jimmy Carter was one of the world leaders that came to ask for my release. Some African leaders like Yoweri Museveni and Robert Mugabe came. I believe it was because of those pressures that I was released from isolation in Ikoyi where I was under house arrest.”
The two-time Head of State who described the day he was court-martialled and sentenced as one of the ‘worst days in his life,” said Yar’Adua was killed while in transit.
“In Jos prison, before I was transferred to Yola prison, they had decided that Shehu Yar’Adua and myself should be poisoned. So, they took him from Port Harcourt prison to Abakaliki. In the process, he was injected with the virus that killed him. The same was supposed to be done to me. The man who came took me from the prison to a guest house in the GRA in Jos, said, ‘We know you have a problem with cholesterol so I have to take your blood for a test.’ Then I said, ‘Not on your life, I don’t have any problem with cholesterol.’
Obasanjo then recalls fondly how the tables turned after his release from prison as he became president for a second time.
“Nigeria that was a pariah state became a darling (of the world),” he said.