Former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, has disclosed that former President Olusegun Obasanjo threatened to sue the military government after he was released from prison.
Abubakar, who was the military head of state between 1998 and 1999, released all political prisoners that were incarcerated by the former military head of state, late General Sani Abacha.
In an interview with Trust TV, Abubakar noted that the accusation that his government imposed Obasanjo on the country in 1999 was laughable.
Speaking on events leading to Nigeria’s transition to democracy in 1999, the former head of state recalled that Obasanjo told him he wanted to sue the military government for “crumbling” his businesses.
He said: “I always smile and laugh when I am accused or my government is accused of imposing Obasanjo. Of course, we released Obasanjo and other prisoners and pardoned them. So, when Obasanjo was released he came to see me, saying he was going to take the government to court, I said ‘Why are you going to do that?’
“He said his business was crumbled by the military, his human rights have been violated, that he did not commit any coup and so on and so forth.I said ‘Sir, please let bygone be bygone, thank God you are alive today, forget about these things. Some of the issues you mentioned, within my power I will look into that, so we left it at that.’”
Abubakar also stated that the government tried to “rehabilitate” Obasanjo and other released prisoners who complained that their businesses were affected.
“Well I am thinking of his businesses, whether he was helped with something to revive them which was one of his complaints.
“Of course, not only him, all people that were imprisoned in one way or the other, we tried to rehabilitate them; to help them in one way or the other. In one way or the other we did what we could to assist them, so you cannot equate that to bringing him to contest for an election,” he added.