As the government of President Muhammadu Buhari continues to fight corruption and investigate the $2.1bn arms purchase deal, some eminent Nigerians involved in the case have been reaching out to former president Olusegun Obsanjo to interfere on their behalf.
The Punch reports that, one of Obasanjo’s close assistants confirmed the development though those seeking protection with him were not named.
Meanwhile, the source said the ex-president was not probably to agree to the requests of the prominent Nigerians involved in the fraud.
The unnamed adviser said: ”Of course, some of the people involved in the scandal are reaching out to Baba (Obasanjo). They want soft-landing. People would always reach out to him. But we all know Obasanjo’s disposition to some people and what he thinks of them.
”Moreover, the revelations are serious. Even if only 10 per cent is true, it is still serious. Also it is important to stress that what have been revealed are the things that we know. How about other deals that we do not know? We are talking about the office of the National Security Adviser, how about what happened in other places: Education, Finance, Aviation etc?”.
Obasanjo played a key role in stimulating local and international support for Buhari in the last presidential election and is considered to have the ears of the incumbent leader of the nation.
Some staff of the office of the former National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki had named several prominent Nigerians in politics, business, governance and the media as recipients of different “suspicious payments”.
Dasuki, 60, was a major adviser to the immediate past president Goodluck Jonathan and had taken over the role of the Ministry of Defense in procuring weapons.