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Even the strongest of men may begin to succumb to a figment of their imagination. Obasanjo is crying wolf where there is none – Nigerian Government reacts to Obasanjo’s arrest allegation

Lai Mohammed

The federal government in its reaction to the recent allegations of arrest raised by former President Olusegun Obasanjo against the Buhari’s administration said that it will not be distracted by frivolous allegations from any quarter.

The response was issued few hours after Obasanjo raise the alarm on Friday in Lagos, by Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture.

According to Lai, the President Buhari’s government is too busy cleaning up the 16 years mess of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), out of which Obasanjo was president for 8 years.

Buhari Administration will not be distracted by “frivolous allegations from any quarter, especially those cleverly choreographed to divert attention from a widely-acclaimed presidential proclamation and to shore up support for a waning and egotistical cause”. He said, adding that the administration is “too busy trying to clear the mess of 16 years and build on its unprecedented achievements over the past three years to waste its energy and time on framing up anyone or dwelling on issues that are not grounded in fact”.

“Those who have skeletons in their wardrobes should be afraid, even of their own shadows, innocent persons need not worry about any investigation, whether real or imagined”.

“This administration will never engage in a frame-up of innocent citizens. That is neither in the character of President Muhammadu Buhari nor in that of his administration. Only the guilty should be worried. To paraphrase an African proverb, a man who has no wife cannot lose an inlaw to the cold hands of death.

“The administration is also strongly committed to the tenets of democracy, including freedom of speech and the right to dissent. But we understand that those who, in their time, were untethered to those principles would find it hard to believe,” he said.

Mr. Lai also said that it was curious that the alleged frame-up by Obasanjo is coming just after a major presidential proclamation reversing some of the past acts of injustice, to the relief and acclamation of a long-expectant nation. Although Mr. Lai’s statement did not mention the recent honour bestowed on Chief MKO Abiola by Buhari, one would however suspect.

“Apparently, the impact of this proclamation was too much to bear by those who, through acts of omission or commission, helped to deepen the wounds inflicted by the blow of injustice that followed an election that was widely acclaimed to be free, fair and credible, hence they felt the need for a red herring that will distract the nation.

“Added to that is the frustration brought about by the fact that the contraption they have so much hyped as a freeway to power has failed to gain traction. Faced with this double tragedy, even the strongest of men may begin to succumb to a figment of their imagination. They may start crying wolf where there is none,” he said, adding that “unprecedented achievements of the Buhari Administration are also enough to cause sleepless nights, with the attendant symptoms that include phantasm, for those who had better opportunities to make the country great but floundered on the altar of narcissism”.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and President Muhammadu Buhari

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and President Muhammadu Buhari

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