"Look at my hands, they are as white as snow."

That seems to be what a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Mohammed, is saying after he was accused of being part of the plot to unseat Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.

In a statement in Abuja, the former minister who served under former President Goodluck Jonathan, appealed to those he described as “political opportunists and agent provocateur” to allow Osinbajo concentrate on the task of stabilising the nation.

While denying his involvement in any meeting in Saudi Arabia, Mohammed said his trip to the holy land did not go beyond the usual spiritual obligation.

The former minister said, “I was not invited to such a meeting, if it held at all. And even if I had been invited I would not have attended for reasons that are all too obvious.

“My antecedents are so well established that to associate me with a clandestine parochial project aimed at subverting the constitution will negate everything that I stand for and cherish.

“No matter how anybody feels, it must be acknowledged that Yemi Osinbajo is today occupying the position of acting President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by the grace of God.

“Therefore, political opportunists and agent provocateur especially those of his All Progressives Congress should spare the nation this embarrassing conspiracy narrative that is domiciled in their party.”

The former minister, therefore advised the desperate politicians to bury their differences and join hands with the Acting President.