Why I allowed Abacha To Arrest Me – Olusegun Obasanjo. Nigeria,s former President Olusegun Obasanjo, has publicly told the Nation why he allowed ex while military dictator Sani Abacha to arrest him despite the fact that he had numerous opportunities to escape his arrest even though the United states of America wanted to grant him political Asylum.
It should be recalled that Olusegun Obasanjo was among those who where against the Military regime of Genera Sani Abacha. Though after the arrest, they were triad, and sentenced to some amount of prison terms. The then Military Head of State , General Sani Abacha, spared their lives due to international pressures. “Hmm. They were lucky I guess”.
It should be recalled that Abacha was the most senior military personnel during Chief Ernest Shonenkan interim Government after pressure from the International community made then military president IBB to handover power to an interim government to be chaired by Chief Ernest Shonekan. Though many have views the interim government as “illegal”.
General Ibrahim Babangida, was forced to resign over the historic annulment of
the June 12 June, 1993 election won by Moshood Abiola, aka MKO who
later died in the military coup that brought Sani Abacha.
This was made known to the public in his controversial memoir, ‘My Watch’, where he narrated his opposition saga to the military dictatorship regime of General Abacha regime which led him to the
formation of National Unity Organisation which he intended to use to force Abacha to quit power.
According to Obasanjo’s explanation, he had been having secret meeting with some top echelon politicians and non-politicians in every part of the country on the need to free the country from the hardship of Sani Abacha’s reign in power whom he said, “was so much below average as an officer that no serious attention was paid to him until he was made to announce the coup”. “I was not in doubt that Abacha would attempt to silence me.
“This was clear from his apparent ambition for life presidency of Nigeria in insatiable appetite for corruption; his looting directly from the Central Bank; his need to silence everyone that could oppose him in any form; his actions towards my close friends and associates and his close surveillance of me by his security both within and outside Nigeria.” He concluded.