Following the probe led by President Muhammadu Buhari to re-open the investigation of $182million Halliburton bribe scandal, it was gathered that the probe would have led to the past leaders, people like, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB), former Nigeria’s Head of State and General Olusegun Obasanjo, also a former Nigeria’s president.
According to CNN iReport, Buhari’s August visit to USA was to re-open the case but when Obasanjo finds out he called IBB, he brought the attention of IBB to the fact that they way Buhari was going about corruption-fight, he would eventually probe the majority of past administration, including IBB era.
It was also gathered that, when the hints was too tough, both the former leaders also called the attention of another Nigerian Head of State, General Abdusalami Abubakar; The reports revealed that Abdusalami paid a visit to IBB in his Minna Castle in Niger State, it was there they concluded that IBB should stylishly pass-on their statement to Buhari to stop his earlier, intentioned probe of his predecessors.
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In a press statement issued by IBB through his media adviser, Prince Kassim Afegbua, shows that IBB threatens Buhari to expose his misdeeds if he eventually go on with the probe, the statement reportedly reads:
“On General Buhari, it is not in IBB’s tradition to take up issues with his colleague former president. But, for the purpose of the record, we are conversant with General Buhari’s so-called holier-than-thou-attitude. He is a one-time minister of petroleum and we have good records of his tenure.
Secondly, he also presided over Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) which records we also have. We challenge him to come out in clean hands in those two portfolios he headed. Or, we will help him to expose his records of performance during those periods. Those who live in glass houses do not throw stones. General Buhari should be properly guided.”
CNN iReport gathered when intelligence report reached Buhari on the position of these retired Army Generals and former Heads of State, and bearing in mind how mean they can fully engage him in ‘dirty-fight’ which may ridicule him in the eyes of Nigerians and expose his stewardship then as Minister of Petroleum in 1976 that led to the mysterious disappearance of a whooping US $2.8 Billion from Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC account in Midlands Bank, United Kingdom allegedly under his watchful-eyes, Buhari quickly made a detour and issued a press statement through Femi Adesina, his Special Adviser, Media & Publicity claiming the investigation of Buhari administration would only be limited to his predecessor, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GEJ, the man who honorably handed peacefully to Buhari on May 28, 2015 at Eagle Square so Nigeria may remain united as an indivisible nation.