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Why Babangida, Gusau removed me from power – Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari has said he

was removed from office 31 years ago

because he was planning to purge the military

hierarchy of corruption.

Mr. Buhari, who has not spared the military

even in his ongoing anti-corruption war, said

senior military leaders, led by former military

president, General Ibrahim Babangida and

General Aliyu Gusau, removed him in

August 1985, to save themselves from his


In an exclusive interview published in the

current edition of The Interview magazine,

Mr. Buhari challenged Messrs Babangida and

Gusau to tell the truth on why they carried

out the coup against him.

“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.”

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.”

Mr. Babangida had told The Interview in its

December edition that there was nothing in

the memo which Mr. Buhari said he

submitted to the Army council.

“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 within that administration. I don’t

think it had to do with a memo,” Mr.

Babangida said.

But in a tone which revealed that the past

may neither have been forgotten nor forgiven,

Mr. Buhari challenged Messrs 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 Babatunde Fashola was handed three

ministerial portfolios.

The edition also features interviews with Liberian

presidential hopeful, Winston Tubman, and retired Justice

Dahiru Saleh, the controversial judge whose court nailed

June 12.

And in an interview which indicates that the battle for 2019

could be well and truly underway, pharmacist and rotarian,

Mike Omotosho, reveals his ambition for the Kwara State

Government House.

His road map would give rivals sleepless nights, Mr.

Ishiekwene said.

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