The Presidency has heaped the blame for a lot of the happenings for which the Muhammadu Buhari Administration had been given the bashing on the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.
In an article by Senator Babafemi Ojudu, the Political Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari in the Office of the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, the Presidency insinuated and said Saraki had been working with the likes of retired General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, the Nigeria Police, Department of State Services and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The Police is headed by Ibrahim Idris, while the DSS, until Tuesday, had as Director General Lawal Daura, who was sacked by Osinbajo, and the EFCC under the watch of Ibrahim Magu as Acting Chairman.
In the article, titled: “Fifth columnists in our recent history,” Ojudu alluded to some of the happenings during the military regime, which Buhari led, allegedly committed by some of the former General’s lieutenants, but which they ended up heaping on him as reasons for overthrowing him.
One of those who worked closely with Buhari then was Babangida.
Babangida was to emerge as Military President after the overthrow of Buhari.
Listing some of the atrocities then, Ojudu wrote: “They hired a band of boys within the security to proceed to the house of the revered leader of the Yorubas, Chief Obafemi Awolowo. In the middle of the night the boys sacked the house, forced their way into his bedroom , ransacked everywhere and broke down his ward robe. They claimed they were sent by the then Head of State General Muhammadu Buhari to go look for some confidential documents acquired illegally by the Chief. The Yorubas and other sympathizer of Buhari were outraged. That was the end of the romance between the anti corruption duo of Buhari and General Tunde Idiagbon and the people.
“They didn’t stop at that they sent another band of marauders to Kaduna. Destination was the home of the Islamic cleric, Alhaji Gumi. Their goal: embarrass the much respected cleric and set the Muslims against the regime. They succeeded at this as well.
“A couple of months thereafter when they struck and overthrew the regime, these were listed among the offenses committed by General Buhari. The people having been deceived applauded them and Buhari adjudged high handed, brutal and a dictator.”
Ojudu said he was thus not shocked when Saraki visited Babangida after the invasion and blockade of the National Assembly by the operatives of the DSS, adding that his reading of the situation was that the President of the Senate went to brief Babangida on the development.
He wrote: “When a couple of days ago Senator Bukola Saraki visited the gap tooted General in Minna, I interpreted it as going to ask: ‘Oga I hope I am doing well?’”
The presidential aide then went on to list the invasion of the houses of some judges by the DSS in the middle of the night, the freezing of the accounts of the Akwa Ibom and Benue States Governments by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the invasion of the National Assembly and Benue State House of Assembly by the DSS and police respectively as activities carried out with the knowledge of Saraki.
He wrote: “From the shenanigans at the Benue House of Assembly, to the siege on National Assembly, the attack on judges home in the night, the so called barricade of the Senate President’s house, the laughable kidnap of Boy Dino and ‘his eleven hours on a tree’, the freezing of Benue and Akwa Ibom accounts all are scripted, produced and acted by Oloye Productions.”
Oloye is the nickname by which Saraki’s father and Senate Leader in the Second Republic, late Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki, is popularly known.
Ojudu then added: “Soon they may come up with a bullet riddled vehicle and claim that the Executive Producer has survived an assassination attempt. After all some of the Offa sharp shooters are still at large.
“May God save us from these power mongers.”