IBB is my father, leader – Saraki

Senator Bukola Saraki labels former dictator Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida his father and his leader
Senator Bukola Saraki labels former dictator Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida his father and his leader

Controversial Senate President Bukola Saraki has described former head of state, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida as his father and his leader.

Saraki visited Babamgida who is popularly called by his initials, IBB, in Minna, Niger state capital on Wednesday, hours after addressing a world press conference in Abuja.

Saraki who declined questions from journalists who asked why he was in Minna, tweeted a picture of himself and IBB afterwards with the caption, “Dropped in to pay my respects to General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida. Always happy to be with a father and leader.”

Saraki arrived IBB’s  residence at about 4.10 p.m. and left at 5.50 p.m. for Minna international Airport, shunning  journalists who wanted  to interview him.

Saraki drove straight to the hilltop home of the  former military ruler in a convoy of nine vehicles.

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At the press conference he held earlier, Saraki spoke of the blockade of the National Assembly gates by operatives of the DSS.

In a blistering reaction , acting President Yemi Osinbajo ruled the blockade as  illegal and unauthorised and as a gross violation of constitutional order, rule of law and all accepted notions of law and order.

Osinbajo then went further to sack the director-general of the DSS, Lawal Daura, who was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in July 2015.

On Wednesday, Saraki  sidestepped a question on his presidential ambition.

He  said  he would answer the question on another day.

“We are here today about the democracy of this country, and that is what is important to me and to all of us that are here.

“I think when the time is right I will talk on your issue but today, we are talking about democracy in Nigeria, to defend the rule of law,” he said.

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