Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo has revealed that Sani Abacha, former Military Head of State, plotted to kill Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, former Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters alleging that Yar’Adua was eventually poisoned by Abacha’s killer squad.
The former President made this known on Saturday at a dinner programme organised by an inter-denominational Christian organisation, Christ The Redeemer’s Friends International of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Lagos Province 39 Chapter.
According to PUNCH, Obasanjo accused the late dictator of seeking to kill him and Moshood Abiola, self-acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993, election saying that he was to be next victim after Yar’Adua but that he was saved by God’s divine grace.
“Two people had earlier told me Abacha promised that three of us would not come out of prison or detention alive; myself. Shehu Yar Adua and MKO Abiola. And two of them did not come out alive,” he said.
“So, that I came out alive, maybe God has a purpose. And therefore if the purpose is for me to serve the people and by so doing, serve God, then so be it.
“Abacha claimed that I was plotting a coup. I wasn’t the first to be arrested. When Shehu (Yar’Adua) was arrested, I tried to plead for his release.
“When Abacha said he didn’t know about Shehu’s arrest, I said to him, ‘the number two man in this country cannot be arrested without you knowing.’ He then said he would go and find out.
“In Abacha’s plan, he left God out of it and because he left God out of his plan, it (his government).