Revealed: Why Babangida 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.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 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,
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.
"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 in that administration. I don't
think it had to do with a memo," Babangida
But 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 ministerial
The edition also features interviews with
Liberian presidential hopeful, Mr. 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, Dr.
Mike Omotosho, aims at the Kwara State
government house.
His roadmap would give rivals sleepless

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