23rd September, 2010
General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, a.k.a. IBB, kept Nigerians in diaspora who went toÂ visit him in Minna, the Niger State capital, Nigeria, waiting for three days beforeÂ seeing them.
The Nigerians in diaspora were brought to Minna by his ardent lackey, Chief AlexÂ Akinyele, to show their support for his dream of becoming Nigeriaâ€™s president in 2011.
They were, however, kept waiting for three days despite Akinyeleâ€™s closeness to IBB. TheÂ Nigerians came from North Amerca and Europe to visit him.
The supporters were further embarrassed yesterday when he warned them not to address himÂ as â€˜His Execellencyâ€™ but â€˜Generalâ€™.
Babangida interrupted the Director of Media of the group when he addresed him as â€˜YourÂ Execellencyâ€™.
â€œ No. I have warned not to be addressed as â€˜Your Excellencyâ€™. I prefer General. AlexÂ Akinyele should have told you that,â€ IBB said.
The group, who claimed to be lovers and supporters of IBB in North America and EuropeÂ spent three days in Minna trying to see the General despite the closeness of Chief AlexÂ Akinyele to IBB and his family.
â€œI am sorryÂ I was told you spent three days waiting to see me. Yesterday (Tuesday) IÂ was in Abuja to submit my nomination form,â€ said IBB.
Babangida later described the forthcoming 2011 general election as a war for the unityÂ and progress of Nigeria.
He said he remains commited to his campaign and wants Nigerians in diaspora to be given aÂ chance to vote and be voted for.
Chief Alex Akinyele, who led the group to IBB, descrbed critics of IBBâ€™s eight years ofÂ dictatorship as those who are not well informed.
â€œAll the misdirected academics and those professionals, comedians and those professionalÂ agitators and protesters rather than looking at the positive aspects of what you haveÂ done they pick just one point and they begin to roll on it over and over and over, whichÂ gives the impression that they are not well educated,â€ Akinyele told IBB.
He further said he has been called names in the media because of his alliance withÂ Babangida, adding that he will not stop identifying himself with him.
Chairman of the Nigerians in diaspora North America and Europe for IBB, Ibrahim BalogunÂ later presented an 18-seater bus and T-shirts bearing IBBâ€™s campaign mantra to Babangida.