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FW: Is President Buhari trying to frame Obasanjo?

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

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This article is part of our #FirstWord series to provide context on trending news.

Nigeria’s former President, Olusegun Obasanjo on June 8, 2018, raised alarm over an alleged plot by President Muhammadu Buhari to frame him for a crime. He claimed in a press statement signed by his spokesman that Buhari was trying to silence him for his criticism of the current administration.

According to the ex-President, he heard about the plot from several reliable security sources, claiming he is on the government watchlist.


What’s this about?


Obasanjo’s public beef started with President Buhari in January, when he asked him not to seek re-election in the 2019 election. In a 13 paged letter, Obasanjo expressed his lost hope in Buhari and insinuated that he was unfit to lead. 

Subsequently, Obasanjo launched the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM), which he said would engage well-meaning Nigerians in democratic practices that will move the country forward. The movement later merged into a political party, constantly throwing criticism at Buhari’s way at any chance given.

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