The frosty relationship between Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai and the presidency got a stir on Thursday as after El-Rufai identified himself and four others as some of those on the purported watch list of President Goodluck Jonathan.
El-Rufai’s who tweeted that he was number seven on the
alleged Jonathan’s snipers’ watch list identified a former military head of state, General (Retd) Muhammadu Buhari; a former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, Rivers State
Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, and a former Osun State Governor and Interim Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Bisi Akande, as also making the list.
A former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo had, in a letter dated December 2, 2013, accused Jonathan of training snipers and putting 1,000 people on a watch list. Obasanjo had also
accused Jonathan of having a killer squad.
But the President denied the allegations in his own letter to the former president, dated December 20, 2013. In the letter, Jonathan described Obasanjo as a liar and challenged him to provide evidence to back his allegations.
Since the allegation of the watch list was made by Olusegun Obasanjo, El-Rufai becomes the second person to come out publicly to allege that he is on the list. Governor Amaechi had earlier stated that he was number 1 on the purported list.
But the Presidency has reacted to El-Rufai’s allegation. While the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, described El-Rufai’s claim as sheer irresponsible talk, Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri said El Rufai was suffering from mental illness and paranoia.
Both response were contained in their tweets responding to the allegation.
However, the former FCT Minister tweeted again that he was not afraid until other members of his party including General Muhammadu Buhari, Asiwaju Tinubu, Rotimi Amaechi and others were eliminated as they were ahead of him on the purported list.
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