By Agande & Tordue Salem
ABUJA â€” A book launch on the years in office of military President, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, yesterday turned into a festival of accolades and support for his 2011 Presidential ambition.
The former military presidentÂ who walked to the high table through a backdoor of the International Conference Centre, where the book launch held, stayed there for over two hours, while a sea of supporters lay in wait with posters of support for his presidential ambition at the doors of the centre.
The list of attendants at the book launch included chairman of the occasion and former Inspector General of Police, Mallam M.D. Yusuf, Managing Director, Bulet Construction, Isa Funtua, former Minister of Sports in the administration of Babangida, Chief Alex Akinyele and members of the National Assembly, Reps Abdul Ningi and Aliyu Wadada.
A book on the former ruler titled: â€œImpressions and Factsâ€ on the Administration of the Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida 1985-1993, was presented by the co-author, Dr. Abubakar Siddique and reviewed by Dr. Chidi Amuta.
Dr. Siddique who succeeds late fiery historian, Dr. Bala Yusufu Usman as the Director of Research at the Kaduna-based, Centre for Development and Democratic Research Training(CEDDERT), said most of the material bandied in the media were outright falsehoods, part of the reasons, he said inspired the book project.