The new secretary to the government of the federation (SGF) is Boss Gida Mustapha. That you know already. But what you probably didn’t know is that he was appointed in 2000 by President Olusegun Obasanjo to probe Muhammadu Buhari. Or so it seemed.
When Obasanjo was campaigning in 1999, he said he was going to scrap the Petroleum (Special) Trust Fund (PTF) set up by Sani Abacha — because it was a parallel government.
PTF was established in 1994 after an increase in the fuel prices. The body was allocated N5 on every litre of fuel sold to build or rebuild infrastructure across the country, especially roads, schools, water and medical facilities.
With transition to democracy on the horizon and many believing that Buhari had too much money under his control, Obasanjo said he would abolish PTF. Buhari jumped before he was pushed, resigning abruptly as executive chairman of the extra-ministerial body.
With word going round that Buhari was going to challenge Obasanjo in the