Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has cried out over an alleged plan by the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to frame him for a phantom crime.

Obasanjo said impeccable sources within the nation’s security system had informed him that his name is on the watch list.

Obasanjo made the allegation in a statement signed by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, on Friday in Abeokuta.

He explained that he would not have reacted to the information as provided by the top security sources, but for the fact that those who obliged him with the information, were not known for frivolities and flippant talks.

Obasanjo noted that since his State-of-the-Nation Special Statement on January 23, 2018, the Federal Government had embarked on desperate efforts to frustrate, intimidate and blackmail him into abandoning what he termed “divine mandate to protect the rights of the people to better life and living”.

He noted that  the plot has continued unabated and even taken a bizarre dimension.

The former President submitted that his outburst was necessitated considering the fact that the present administration had allegedly exhibited apathy which had resulted in the loss of lives and wanton destruction of property on a daily basis around the country.

The statement read in part: “Since Chief Olusegun Obasanjo declared in his State-of-the-Nation special statement on January 23, 2018, the desperation to frustrate, intimidate and blackmail him into abandoning his divine mandate to protect the rights of the people to better life and living continued unabated and has even taken a bizarre dimension.

“Impeccable security sources have alleged Chief Obasanjo’s name is on their Watch List and that the security of his life cannot be guaranteed.

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“According to these informants, many of who are in the top echelon of the nation’s security management and close to the corridors of power, the operatives are daily perfecting how to curtail the personal liberties of the former President and hang a crime on him.

“Ordinarily, we would not have dignified these reports with a response but for the fact that many of these informants are not known for flippant and frivolous talks.

“This government has demonstrably exhibited apathy, and in some cases, encouraged by its conduct, daily loss of lives and property in many states of the country, the office cannot be indifferent.

We are currently in a nation where the number three citizen is being harangued and the number four citizen is facing similar threat within the same government they serve.

“There is a groundswell of our nationals that live in fear that they could be hounded, harassed, maimed or even killed as the battle for 2019 takes this worrisome dimension.

"The content of the alleged beastly designs, it was learnt are two-fold for now. One, to seize his International Passport and clamp him into detention indefinitely, in order to prevent him from further expressing angst on the pervasive mediocrity in the quality of governance, economic management and in the protection of lives and property by the government.

“But, since that could expose the government to a swath of international condemnation, embarrassment and outrage, it is said that another plot being hatched is to cause the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to re-open investigation into the activities of Chief Obasanjo’s administration using false witnesses and documents.”

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