Bamaiyi lied, my govt never plotted to kill him – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo [Photo credit: Ventures Africa]

A former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Sunday said that his government never plotted to kill former Chief of Army Staff, Ishaya Bamaiyi, as claimed by Mr. Bamaiyi in his book.

Mr. Obasanjo said this while playing host to members of the Correspondents Chapel, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Ogun Chapter, at his hilltop residence in Abeokuta.

The former president explained that his administration only asked Mr. Bamaiyi to answer to those that he was alleged to have killed, saying that the decision was legitimate.

“That I wanted to kill him? What of the people he killed? My government did not plot to kill him.

“My government asked him to answer to those that were alleged to have been killed by him and that is legitimate.

“That if there is an allegation that you have done something, that you have committed a crime, then you are arrested, you should answer and that is all.

“Who the hell is he that I would want to kill him? Kill him for what? To achieve what? No!

“There were allegations, the police and the law enforcement agencies decided to look into the allegations.

“They invited him and they asked him to answer as a result of what was found, so they charged him to court.

“So, it’s now up to him, the investigators as I said, the prosecutors and the judiciary. That’s all,” Mr. Obasanjo said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr. Bamaiyi had recently alleged that his incarceration for more than eight years was punishment for opposing the choice of Mr. Obasanjo as successor to former Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar.

The allegation was contained in his book, “Vindication of A General” which was unveiled last weekend in Abuja.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how Mr. Bamaiyi, a retired lieutenant general, also claimed in the book that the incarceration was to keep him away for fear that he would overthrow the Obasanjo government.

He wrote that as soon as Mr. Obasanjo took over, Mr. Abubakar, a retired general, and some of his people told Mr. Obasanjo that if he [Bamaiyi] was left free, he would overthrow the government.

On plot to kill him, he said the government had planned the use of a lethal injection.

“While I was in prison, efforts were made to ensure I did not come out alive,” Mr. Bamaiyi said in the 252-page book launched in Abuja.

“A clear case was an attempt to kill me with a lethal injection while I was admitted at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).

“A friend from Abuja called to advise me not to accept any injections. He had been present when it was decided, and money was made available to give me a lethal injection. I took the advice and never had any injection while in LUTH.”

Speaking on corruption, Mr. Obasanjo said investigation must be proper, thorough and undertaken with all seriousness.

“I was reading today when the President (Muhammadu Buhari) said the EFCC should stop losing cases. They lose cases for a number of reasons.

“One, they engage more of outside lawyers. I believe that they need staunch, `ogbologbo’ lawyers inside that will do the work.

“If I am a lawyer and I want the opponent to win a case, what I will file will be `wishy washy’.

“And if I file a `wishy washy’ case, the opponent will see the loophole and he will get out of it. I believe that it is important.

“Secondly, thorough investigation is very important. Now, investigation must be thorough, it must be proper and it must be really taken seriously.

“Third, our judges must be committed in fighting corruption.

“They must be committed to fighting corruption. Because if the investigation is very sound and you have `ogbologbo’ lawyer to handle the case, if you have Salamigate, you know what the answer will be.

“So, it is a line: investigation, prosecution and the judiciary. If there is weakness along this line, chances are that corruption cases will continue to be lost, “he said.


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  • Lanre

    Olusegun Obasanjo is part of the reasons Nigeria is a filthy, corrupt country. Just read this. “Why would my government want to kill Bamaiyi?” Why should a government want to kill anyone? Especially if it is extra-judicial. My mind is racing now to Marshall Harry, Bola Ige, Abubakar Rimi, Daramola etc, etc. Many unsolved murders. As long as these former military rulers – Buhari, Gowon, Obasanjo, Babangida, Abdulsalam are not arraigned and sent to jail for the hideous actions under their administration, Nigeria will continue to remain a haven for the ridiculous. A Rear Admiral was just killed in his home under Buhari. How many Politically Exposed Persons were killed under Goodluck Jonathan?

    • Amir

      You’ve alleged Obasanjo’s government killed those people, what of the Jonathan’s government that wasted the life of promising unemployed graduates by first fleecing them of their cash and letting them be trampled to death. What a wicked administration including the demonic looting of federal cash!

      • Ohnigeria Godsavenigeria

        Jonathan caused stampede at stadiums where the police

    • Yego V

      Lanre, this is my take about obj. Granted that obj’s behavior are in line with his narcissistic personality, his pomposity under the current administration has to do with the fact that obj would not investigate the corruption at Buhari’s PTF. You will recall it was obj who dissolved and subsequently probed PTF, then chaired by Buhari. The corruption unleashed at PTF was something many Nigerians were never provided details. On the basis of that favour, obj is so confident that Buhari will never subject him to any ridicule.

      • Lanre

        Thank you for your deep insight.

        • Julius

          JUst keep deceiving yourself . It’s so funny and sad at the same time to me.

  • Point of Correction

    Obasanjo, make you sharaaaaaaap your mouth for there! You claim you did not attempt to arrange Bamaiyi because “Who is he?” ….BUT what of the 27 Nigerians (Politicians) and political opponents of yours who were assassinated while you misruled Nigeria? See extract below:

    1. Onyewuchi Iwuchukwu (ANPP Chieftain) Murder on n April 19, 2003
    2. Toni Dimegwu (member of the House of Assembly ) murdered on April 20, 2003
    3. .Ikenna Ibor, an ANPP councillorship candidate, murdered on 27, 2003
    4. Barnabas & Amaka Igwe assassinated on September 1, 2002
    5. Theodore Agwatu, principal secretary to the Imo State Governor murdered In Feb 2003
    6. Mr. Ogbonnaya Uche, a chieftain of the ANPP assassinated on February 7, 2003
    7. Sunday Ugwu—-legislator, Nkanu East, Enugu murdered on on September 9, 1999
    8. Mr. Odunayo Olagbaju—Osun State House of Assembly, murdered on Dec 19, 2001
    9. Bola Ige —- Leader of AD party, murdered in his bedroom at Ibadan, On Dec 23, 2001
    10. Dele Arojo, Lagos PDP aspirant, was killed by unknown assailants November 25, 2002
    11. Dr. Ayo Daramola, a PDP guber. aspirant in Ekiti, murdered on August 14, 200
    12. Engineer Funsho Williams, PDP guber . aspirant in Lagos, murdered on July 27, 2006
    13. Alhaji Sulaimon Olajokun, a member of AD, murdered May 15, 2005,
    14. Alhaji Lateef (aka Lati Osogbo), murdered on On July 16, 2005
    15. Aminosoari Dikibo– National Vice chairman of PDP, assassinated on 6 Feb 2004
    16. Etc, etc, etc

    Once a killer, always a killer!

    • Mufu Ola

      And OBJ killed all these people? When will u guys be serious with yourselves?

      • Yego V

        They were all murdered during OBJ’s administration !!!

        • Mufu Ola

          So all those blacks killed by US police in America were killed by Obama bcos they happened during his tenour?

          • Wise Head

            Obama is different from OBJ. There no basis for comparism at all, and you know it

        • Julius

          So those that lost their lives under Jonathan was his fault ? Did Jonathan kill them also ?. The dead bodies that flowed down the river in biafraud was Jonathan fault ?

    • Julius

      Obj killed all those people ?

      • David Adeniran

        Yes including the useless guy’s parents!

        • Julius

          Obj killed his parents too ? Good God, he didn’t kill you. Smdh !

          • David Adeniran

            Comprehension wahala! Na wa ooo! The third person in my comment is the commentator you were responding to and not OBJ!

  • ijelejames

    Obasanjo just go away. You are always talking through both sides of your mouth. You politicians are killers. Na only you waka come and diaris God!

  • Wise Head

    Okay, OBJ did not plan to kill Bamaiyi, so who did he kill? All the unsolved murders during his regime, who carried them out?