Former lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani has revealed what late former Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters, General Shehu Musa Yar’adua told him in 1995 about Chief MKO Abiola and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar during their period of incarceration at Kirikiri prisons in Lagos.
In 1995, the military government of General Sani Abacha sentenced Yar’adua to death and jailed Sani for life during a period of nationwide clampdown on perceived opponents of the government.
Sani took to Twitter to share a part of his prison discussions with Yar’adua as the nation celebrated Democracy Day on Wednesday in honour of late Abiola who was adjudged winner of the 1993 Presidential election.
He said Yar’adua told him he had recommended Atiku to Abiola as his running mate in the 1993 elections but the presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) rather settled for Babagana Kingibe as his choice for vice president.
“While we were in Kiri Kiri Prisons in 1995,the great late Shehu Yar’adua told me that he recommended to Abiola to take Atiku as his Vice President But Abiola took Kingibe.”
Yar’Adua, a retired Nigerian Army major general, served as the Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters under the Olusegun Obasanjo’s 1976 – 1979 military government.
He was also the elder brother of late Umar Yar’adua, the former Nigeria president who died in office in 2010 after a protracted illness.
See his tweet:
While we were in Kiri Kiri Prisons in 1995,the great late Shehu Yar’adua told me that he recommended to Abiola to take Atiku as his Vice President But Abiola took Kingibe.
— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) June 12, 2019