Nigerian Twitter users can’t seem to wrap their head around the fact the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) presidential candidate, Oby Ezekwesili, had a meeting with Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (IBB) who ruled Nigeria between 1985 to 1993.
According to TheCable reports, the meeting took place on Sunday, November 4, 2018 in Minna and that it was a “secret meeting” held behind closed doors.
Photos from that meeting have been trending on social media, with Nigerian wondering what Ezekwesili, who has often vowed to dislodge and dismantle the old political order, is doing with someone like IBB, a self-confessed evil genius, and a member of that old political guard she vowed to dismantle.
However, a spokesperson for the former Minister’s campaign told TheCable that the discussion between Ezekwesili and IBB was about the future of Nigeria and the 2019 elections. But the spokesperson refused to confirm if Ezekwesili sought for or got IBB’s endorsement.
Here are a couple of tweets on the saga.
PHOTOSPEAK: Our dear @obyzeks wants to stop corruption and mis-governance in Nigeria but then holds a secret session with The Godfather Of corruption and bad governance, IBB. Nigerians, Oby creatively coined BUTIKU. I love it! But this single visit is “OBYTIKU” . Go figure! pic.twitter.com/7aDjbqPlKD
— Omoyele Sowore (@YeleSowore) November 5, 2018
— Kayode Ogundamisi (@ogundamisi) November 5, 2018
So, she visited IBB? To do what kwa? Isn't IBB supposed to be part of those she wants to disrupt their flows?
More drama and somersaulting ahead. Meanwhile, lets get back to Peter Obi – the entertainer
— Tunde Eneji (@iameneji) November 5, 2018
Why are some persons condemning her visit. Is she suppose to turn down the invitation by the school to give a lecture? She made it clear to IBB her position, i only wished she had told us IBB response.some of us just like to pretend to be saints condemning her and IBB.
— Omamuli Faka (@OmamuliFaka) November 5, 2018
So the school dey Inisde IBB House. Can’t she just go back to Abuja immediately she finished delivering her speech st the school she was invited to. Abi the school invitation came with an IBB invitation ?
— O.O OGUNNIYI ???? (@Mr_AKG89) November 5, 2018
In her response, Dr Ezekwesili tweeted that she told IBB that her mission is to get Nigeria off the clutches of that ‘old order’.
“I had a very candid conversation with former head of state, Ibrahim Babangida in Minna after my speech on Human Capital Development at El Amin School yesterday. I made it clear that Nigeria must be taken out of the clutches of the Old Order. This is our mission.”
I had a very candid conversation with former head of state, Ibrahim Babangida in Minna after my speech on Human Capital Development at El Amin School yesterday. I made it clear that Nigeria must be taken out of the clutches of the Old Order. This is our mission.#Fight4Naija pic.twitter.com/y7MPV7F5VS
— Oby Ezekwesili (@obyezeks) November 5, 2018