Barely 24 hours after President Goodluck Jonathan’s reply to an earlier letter written to him by former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, the nation’s security agencies have concluded arrangements to “interview” the former leader, for him to “explain details” of some of the allegations he made in the letter.
It was gathered that, but for the absence of the former leader from the country, an inter-departmental team of the nation’s security apparatus was on the verge of visiting Obasanjo in
Abeokuta or at his farm in Otta, Ogun State on the mission, which a source called “routine”.
It was also gathered that even though President Jonathan had in his response to the former president’s letter given indications that relevant security agencies would probe some of the allegations in the December 2, 2013 letter sent to him, the move to investigate had indeed been concluded before the president’s letter that was released to the press Sunday night.
According to the source, the inter-departmental security team has in it representatives of the Department of State Service (DSS), National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and the Police.
Regardless of the arrangement, the source said it was not meant to be an invitation, as such could be misinterpreted as government’s moving against those with dissenting voices.
Obasanjo, had in his letter to President Jonathan, alleged that he was training a killer squad to watch over 1,000 perceived political opponents.
When contacted on the matter, the special adviser to the president on political matters, Ahmed Gulak said: “…Only the office of the NSA or any other relevant security official can answer that question because it is not a political matter but a security one.”
“Besides, you have read the president’s reply; he made it clear that the security agencies will probe; so take it like that.”