Buhari’s ill-health: Generals Abdulsalam, Babangida and Obasanjo meet without Gowon
Three of four former military rulers of Nigeria (excluding the sitting President) General Olusegun Obasanjo, General Ibrahim Babangida and General Abubakar Abdusalami, on Tuesday met in Minna, Niger State capital. How and why General Yakubu Gowon was not invited remains sketchy. They met probably on President Buhari’s ill-health.
The meeting held at lbrahim Babangida’s hill top mansion, lasted for three hours and was believed to have dwelt on the state of health of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The generals were said to have considered all constitutional options available for the country in the face of the inability of President Buhari “to effectively function” as president again.
President Muhammadu Buhari has been indisposed in the last couple of weeks and unable to attend two juma’at services at the mosque within Aso Rock. He had also been unable to preside over two Federal Executive Council meetings.
Those in attendance at the meeting were the host, General Ibrahim Babangida, General Abdulsalami Abubakar and General Olusegun Obsanjo.
According to a source privy to the closed door meeting, the trio agreed to “continue to closely watch the situation” and “will speak out” at the appropriate time.
Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo had secretly entered Minna on Monday evening and was personally received by Governor Abubakar Bello who drove him to the uphill residence of General Babangida.
A source close to the meeting claimed that General Abdulsalami Abubakar was already waiting in IBB’s residence by the time General Obasanjo arrived.
All the domestic and security staff of General Ibrahim Babangida were asked to excuse the generals as they went into the almost three-hour meeting without any distraction.
Niger State Governor Abubakar Bello was said to have also waited in one of the sitting rooms for the period the meeting lasted.
Bello was reported to have also driven General Olusegun Obasanjo to the airport after the clandestine meeting.