Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of paying ransoms to kidnappers.
The president has publicly spoken against the payment of ransom, warning governors against encouraging bandits and kidnappers through negotiation.
But speaking when he played host to members of Tiv professionals Group (TPG) at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Wednesday, the ex-president said not just the government of Buhari but that of former President Goodluck Jonathan negotiated with kidnappers, though they deny doing so.
“Government has always paid ransom. Not only this government, even during Jonathan (administration). They paid ransom, but they deny it,” he said.
Neither Jonathan nor Buhari has responded to the claim by Obasanjo.