Babagana Kingibe Commends Buhari on New Development

Alhaji Babagana Kingibe, running mate of late Chief Moshood Abiola in the June 12, 1993 presidential election, said Federal Government’s declaration of the day as Democracy Day was a great honour.

He also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the announcement that national honour would be conferred on Abiola, acclaimed winner of the election, himself and late Human Rights lawyer, Chief Gani Fawehinmi.

Kingibe, currently in Saudi Arabia for ‘Lesser Hajj’, however, declined further comment on the issues.

He told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone that he preferred to concentrate on his religious rites for now.

“I really appreciate this. I will love to express my feelings, but right now, I am in Makkah praying to make peace with my Maker.

“There will be time enough to share worldly thoughts with friends,” the former Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), said.

On his part, former General Secretary, National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Chief Frank Kokori, said the day June 12 was declared national Democracy Day was the happiest day of his life.

Kokori told NAN that the recognition of the date would go a long way in deepening Nigerians’ faith in their country.

“This declaration is not an ordinary one. It is going to encourage Nigerians to contribute selflessly to the social, political and economic emancipation of their country.

“No matter what anyone may say, President Muhammadu Buhari has, through this act, restored hope of Nigerians in Nigeria,” he said.

Buhari, on Wednesday announced the replacement of May 29 with June 12 as National Democracy Day, in recognition of June 12, 1993 presidential election believed to have been won by Abiola.

The late business mogul was also conferred, posthumously, with Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR).

Kokori said that Buhari was the last person expected to recognise June 12.

“Ordinarily, one would have expected such a national service to come from former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who himself went to prison, though for slightly a different reason.

“But here we are and when all hopes were seemingly lost, someone came and did justice to the struggle.

“I cannot claim personal glory for roles played during the struggle in spite of countless tribulations, but the honour goes to NUPENG, and the union will come out with official reaction to this landmark gesture,” he said.

Source: NAN

EFCC Interrogates Babagana Kingibe Over $44 million Missing Fund

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has quizzed a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babagana Kingibe, over the controversial $44 million belonging to the National Intelligence Agency (NIA.

According to news reports, he was said to have been interrogated for two days in the office of the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno, on Wednesday and Thursday.

Recall that Kingibe was accused by a former DG of the NIA, Ambassador Mohammed Dauda, of having used his position as the head of a presidential panel set up by President Muhammadu Buhari to extort the money from the agency.

Dauda was also brought to confront Kingibe during the interrogation.

The issue has also become the source of a probe by the House of Representatives.

As at the time of this report, the EFCC has not issued any official statement on the development.

 

2109: Campaign Posters Of Babagana Kingibe Flood Lagos And Abuja

Cities in Lagos and Abuja have been flooded with campaign posters of the ex-Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Alhaji Babagana Kingibe, for 2019 presidency.

Kingibe is not new to the presidential run as he was also the running mate to late Bashorun MKO Abiola, under the Social Democratic Party, SDP, in the June 12, 1993 presidential election.

In Abuja, the posters were seen at some major spots, including the Federal Secretariat with the inscription, “Sai Baba for President 2019.”

Also in Lagos, they were cited in the Ikeja area around the State Secretariat in Alausa, Agidingbi and Acme roads as well as other major points of attraction.

Recall that the “Sai Baba” slogan was used by Buhari in 2015.

The phrase was also used in 1993 during the SDP presidential primary.

The former SGF, a Kanuri from Borno State, was former National Chairman of the defunct Social Democratic Party, SDP, but now a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.