Below is what he wrote in a chapter subtitled ‘Civic Contributions’:
“In 1995, Abubakar, who was Abacha’s chief of defence staff, announced that seven people had been arrested for planning coup. One of the alleged plotters was Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, a close colleague of Buhari’s and a charismatic figure on his own right.
“Shehu had met with Obasanjo in Kano, just before Obasanjo had planned to leave the country. Both were arrested and sentenced to death. Buhari himself intervened and saw Abacha, cautioning against extreme measures in an effort to save Obasanjo and Yar’Adua.
"Other domestic and international figures also intervened, including former US president Jimmy Carter, and the death sentences were commuted. Shehu, however, died in prison under mysterious circumstances. Abacha was becoming a despised figure domestically and internationally.
“Given Buhari’s reputation for probity, in 1996 Abacha asked Buhari to serve as chairman of the PTF. Buhari had no brief for Abacha, but was convinced that the PTF could serve the welfare for ordinary Nigerians, if managed well. As Buhari has said many times subsequently, he agreed to take the position “not for the sake of Abacha, but for the sake of Nigeria.”
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