By Abu Nmodu
Former heads of state General Yakubu Gowon and General Mohammed Buhari yesterday paid separate visits to former military president, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) at his hill top mansion, Minna. The two visits were behind closed door as there was no press coverage, but LEADERSHIP Friday can report authoritatively that General Gowon came about midday and left about an hour later.
General Gowon it was learnt came to greet IBB over his medical treatment abroad but held a closed door session with him before departing.
Barely an hour later General Buhari accompanied by former Osun State governor, Olagunsoye Oyinlola and former governor of Bayelsa State Timipre Sylva visited Babangida.
It was observed that they arrived the residence of IBB at about 2:20pm and had lunch with him before retiring to a closed door meeting and left at about 3:20 pm.
A source hinted that though Buhari and the two former governors came to identify with IBB over his recent health challenges, they discussed for about 30 minutes behind closed door on the political developments in the country.
Amidst speculation that IBB is one of the top supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan’s presidential bid for 2015, the visitors it was learnt might have taken the opportunity to hint him about the imperative of Buhari’s presidency.
While details of the closed door session with his senior former leaders was unknown it was learnt that, IBB was pleased to receive them.