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.
Dropped in to pay my respects to General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida. Always happy to be with a father and leader. pic.twitter.com/IbV2WI2sds
— Bukola Saraki (@bukolasaraki) August 8, 2018
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.
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.