President Olusegun Obasanjo has faulted the claim by a former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ishaya Bamaiyi, that he (Obasanjo) planned to kill the former army chief.
Wondering why he would want to kill Bamaiyi, the former president stated that his government between 1999 and 2007 arrested the former COAS to clear his name for allegedly killing other people during the reign of military dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha.
He said this on Sunday at his Presidential residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, while hosting members of the Ogun State Correspondents’ chapel.
Obasanjo argued that the former Chief of Army Staff was arrested by law enforcement agencies in the country for alleged criminal acts.
Reacting to Bamaiyi’s allegations, a visibly angry Obasanjo, denied any plot by his government to kill Bamaiyi, but admitted his regime arrested him to ensure he answered for his misdeeds.
Obasanjo added, “That I wanted to kill him? What of the people he allegedly killed? My government did not plot to kill him. My government asked him to answer for those that were alleged to have been killed by him and that is legitimate.
“That is if there is an allegation that you have done something, that you have committed a crime, then you are arrested; you should answer. That’s all; pure and simple!
“Who the hell is he that I would want to kill him? Kill him for what? To achieve what? No! There were allegations, the police and the law enforcement agencies decided to look into the allegations.
“They invited him and they asked him to answer as a result of what was found, so they charged him to court. So, it’s now up to him, the investigators, as I said, the prosecutors and the judiciary. That’s all.”