Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari has said he was removed from office
31 years ago because he was planning to purge the military hierarchy of
Mr. Buhari, who has not spared the
military even in his ongoing anti-corruption war, said 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.
In an exclusive interview published in
the current edition of The Interview magazine, Buhari challenged
Babangida and Gusau, to tell the truth on why they carried out the coup
“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
“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.”
In a statement on
www.theinterview.com.ng, the Managing Director/Editor-in-chief of The
Interview, Azu Ishiekwene, said, “This is one edition that won’t let
sleeping dogs lie.”
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.
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.
in a tone which revealed that the past might neither have been
forgotten nor forgiven, Buhari challenged Babangida and Gusau to come
clean on why they removed him, asking The Interview to choose whose
story to believe.
He also fielded questions about his
health, the 2016 budget, the pace of his government, former President
Goodluck Jonathan and why Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola was handed three
The edition also features
interviews with Liberian presidential hopeful, Mr. Winston Tubman, and
retired Justice Dahiru Saleh, the controversial judge whose court nailed
And in an interview which indicates that the
battle for 2019 could be well and truly underway, pharmacist and
Rotarian, Dr. Mike Omotosho, aims at the Kwara State government house.
His roadmap would give rivals sleepless nights.