Following allegations published by an online medium which claimed that he is the brain behind the pro-Biafra protest in the country, the immediate past Secretary to the Federal Government (SGF), Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, has requested for extra security from President Muhammadu Buhari for himself, his family and his associates.
In a letter dated Monday, December 7, 2015 and addressed to President Buhari, Anyim, who is also a former senate president denied being a sponsor of the Pro-Biafra agitation currently rocking the Southeast.
He revealed that he had since discovered that the masterminds of the plot are a bunch of hirelings operating as a network and are recruiting others to act as their undercover agents.
He said, “I have watched their orchestrations unfold in the last five months. The need to raise this alarm arose because their next move could be dangerous and deadly.
“I may not need at this point to name the suspected masterminds but I believe that a clear presentation of their mode of operation will provide a useful lead to the investigating authorities.”
The letter explained how those behind the plot intend to go about it, Anyim said in the first phase, the perpetrators are planning to roll out concocted scurrilous petitions on any matter they can logically or illogically link up to him.
“It was in fact, in this regard that an online platform published a Breaking News story on September 10, 2015 titled: “Muazu plots 2019 Presidential run, dumps PDP to form new party.”
Anyim said that story alleged that he was working with former PDP Chairman, Adamu Muazu and others to form a new party that would dislodge Buhari’s government in 2019.
“This false and malicious story was reproduced by many other media platforms such as Newspunch.com, Daily Post, Newsbreak etc. The clear objective was to jolt the government to pounce on me. It was also in this vein that when the Auditor-General of the Federation published a 2008 – 2012 report on the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), they jumped at it to claim that I stole the alleged 183Billion Naira from NDDC.
“It is now necessary at this point to bring to your Excellency’s attention, a dangerous news story published by an online medium, SAHARA REPORTERS captioned: ‘Former Secretary to the Federal Government, Pius Anyim under investigation over allegations that he is funding pro-Biafra protest’ (Dec. 2, 2015).
“The story is part of this grand plan to impugn my integrity, and set me up against the Federal Government of Nigeria and other Nigerian stakeholders. Immediately Sahara Reporters published it, it was copied by many online platforms, with some even proclaiming that I was already under house arrest for sponsoring pro-Biafra protests and that I “stole” this huge sum from the NDDC while in office.
“Their strategy was to convince any simple-minded person that yes, at last, Anyim was in trouble. For this group to falsely accuse me of sponsoring protests against this nation (PRO-BIAFRA PROTEST) smacks of devilish desperation, and an absolute lack of conscience, decency and character. This has convinced me that these are persons that are determined to go to any length, no matter how vile or vicious, to achieve their evil aim. I am indeed convinced on how determined they are to carry out the third phase of their plan which consist of violent assault on my person, property and associates.” Anyim said.
The letter revealed that the second phase of their campaign is to stage hired protests against the Centenary City, demanding that government should investigate him and anything associated with him.
“The purpose is to create an impression of public discontent in order to pressurize government to incarcerate me’” he said.
“An example of such protest was the one staged along the Abuja Airport road, near the Centenary City on September 13, 2015 by a rented group known as Incorporated Trustees Of Empowerment For Unemployed Youth Initiative,” he added.
According to him, “By the blueprint of this plan, it is planned that if the actions in phases 1 and 2 above are not able to instigate government to incarcerate me and clamp down on all that I stand for, the group will take laws into their own hands and organize violent attacks on any property belonging to me anywhere they can find it. Also, they will organize to violently assault me and eventually attempt on my life”.
He urged government to verify his assertions and to uncover the plans of all the actors and bring them to book.