September 14, 2016
Why Goodluck Jonathan Visited Babangida And Abdulsalami Abubakar
The reason why former President Goodluck Jonathan visited former military dictator, Ibrahim Babangida, and a former military Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, separately at their Hilltop residences in Minna, the Niger State capital on Tuesday has been revealed.
According to Punch, Jonathan arrived Babangida’s residence at about 11am and spent about one hour with his host before he left for Abubakar’s house situated right opposite IBB’s home.
Jonathan was accompanied to the two former Nigerian leaders by a former Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda, from Zamfara State and his former Chief of Staff, Chief Mike Oghiadome, from Edo State.
Babangida received Jonathan in his private living room as against the common visitors’ room located downstairs where he usually received ordinary visitors.
All the details of the meeting has not been made known yet, but it was gathered that the meeting might not be unconnected with the President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war and how it had been affecting Jonathan’s relations, particularly his wife, Patience, Punch reveals.
It was also gathered that Jonathan might have discussed the postponed Edo State governorship election, the 2019 general election as well as the state of affairs in the People Democratic Party.
Punch further reported that IBB and Abdulsalami in the separate meetings with Jonathan raised concern over the spate of bombings going on in the Niger Delta by the Niger Delta Avengers and the need to stop the trend.