Mohammed Adoke, a former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice who served under the government of Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, revealed in his new book “Burden of Service: The Reminiscences of Nigeria’s Former Attorney-General” that he almost committed suicide after he left office in 2015.
Speaking about the OPL 245 deal, he noted that he would not allow his service to Nigeria be reduced to malicious allegations.
Adoke insisted that he did nothing wrong. I did not take a bribe, not even a cup of water or a slice of cake.
“Along the line, the narrative about my role has been severely twisted, but the dust will settle someday and the whole truth will come out as straight as an arrow,” he noted.
He accused Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, EFCC Chairman Ibrahim Magu, and Senator Ali Ndume, as those behind his persecution.
The former AGF further alleged that some people who served with him under Ex-President Jonathan went after him and Ex-Petroleum Resources Minister, Diezani Alison Madueke, just to gain favour from President Muhammadu Buhari.
Adoke noted that life was no longer enjoyable to him following his persecution.
He noted that death, rather than life, seemed very attractive to him, adding that he almost jumped down from his apartment in The Netherlands in an attempt to get instant relief from the everyday unjust maligning of his name.
“To wake up every day and see my name being unjustly maligned on the internet was no longer bearable. Being hunted for what I did not do felt like a death sentence on its own. It is time to force my exit from this world, I told myself.
“I walked to the terrace of my rented semi-detached maisonette in The Hague, The Netherlands. I looked down. Plunging a few metres seemed to offer an instant relief instead of waiting endlessly for my vindication.
“I would become totally blank to shame and sorrow within seconds. I would never have to worry about the lies and the persecution again.
“My blood would be on the hands of those who hounded me to my death. They would live the rest of their lives with a bleeding conscience, assuming that they had any such thing. Death, rather than life, seemed very attractive to me now.”
He however had a second thought because if he ends his life, nobody would be able to tell his own side of the story, and his persecutors who claim he deliberately took his own life to escape justice. Consequently, he decided to live to tell his story.
Adoke alleged that a governor from the North-West told him that Magu said he was instructed by Osinbajo to deal with him.
“I was told an influential governor from the North-West geopolitical zone once asked Magu why he was after me so vindictively.
“Magu reportedly confessed to him that it was the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, that directed him to do so.
“He also advised the governor to tell me that I should go and sort out whatever issues I had with Osinbajo.
“On receiving that information, I recalled that one of Magu’s top aides had also voiced a similar sentiment to someone that the VP had given the marching orders to get Adoke at all costs.
“Still, I won’t blame the VP alone. Magu also had his own agenda. A senator asked him if he had any personal issues with me, and Magu replied that I owned half of the Centenary City in Abuja.”
David Chima is the Group Head (Editors) at Naija Buzz News. He is a very experienced Journalist. He studied Mass Communication at the Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic Zaria, Kaduna State, before proceeding for Advanced Studies in Mass Communication (Journalism) at the Federal Polytechnic Bauchi, Bauchi State. He previously served as the Head Senior Reporters and Publishers at 1Push.Ng and eventually Naija Buzz News. Chima is a lover of football and a very strong supporter of Barcelona Football Club Spain.