By Philips Sunday
Abuja, (AN24) – President Muhammadu Buhari, has revealed why he was removed from office 31 years ago through a military coup led by by a former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida, and General Aliyu Gusau.
According to the President, he was removed from office because he was planning to purge the military hierarchy of corruption, a campaign which he has taken seriously since he assumed office in 2015.
Mr President made this revelation during an interview with www.theinterview.com.ng , where he added that senior military leaders, led by a former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida, and General Aliyu Gusau, removed him in August 1985, to save themselves from his wrath during the anti-corruption war.
In his words, “I learnt,” he said, “that Aliyu Gusau, who was in charge of intelligence,
took import licence from the Ministry of Commerce which was in charge of supplies and gave it to Alhaji Mai Deribe.
“It was worth N100,000, a lot of money at that time. I confronted them and took the case to the Army Council in a memo…I wanted Gusau punished.” Buhari opined.
Recall Babangida had told The Interview in its December edition that there was
nothing in the memo which Buhari said he submitted to the Army Council, a message which can be attributed as a response to the President’s recent revelation.
According IBB, “Don’t forget that I was one of Buhari’s closest aides. I was the chief of
army staff. So, I had an important position, an important role to play in
that administration. I don’t think it had to do with a memo,” Babangida said.
Howbeit, President Buhari has challenged Babangida and Gusau to come
clean on why they removed him from office in 1985, asking The Interview to choose whose story to believe.
Meanwhile, the Managing Director/Editor-in-chief of ‘The Interview’, Azu Ishiekwene, has said that the recent revelation by the President will not let ‘sleeping dogs lie’.
In his words, “This is one edition that won’t let sleeping dogs lie.” Ishiekwene opined.