By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA-Less than a week after denying nursing a Presidential ambition, branded noodles bearing the name and portrait of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, have made their way to the Nigerian market.
Kingibe, in an advertorial in some major national dailies last Thursday, dismissed media reports linking him with the 2019 Presidential election.
In the said advertorial, Kingibe had said he “Neither produced nor authorised” anybody to produce campaign posters on his behalf.
A source close to Kingibe said the former SGF believes he’s been singled out for vilification by his political detractors.
Some Directors of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) had written to the House of Representatives Committee on Security and National Intelligence, alleging that Kingibe who headed the Federal Government panel that reviewed the “Operational, technical and administrative” structure of NIA, following the discovery of $43 million of the agency at a Lagos apartment, recommended the appointment of Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, as Director General of the agency.
There is a chance that Abubakar’s appointment will culminate in the retirement of some of the directors if the agency.
This much was stated in the advertorial by the ex-SGF when he noted that “The phantom allegations and pasting of posters are striking to be coincidental. This is a miscalculated attempt to malign and defame me.”
The source who sought an audience with the President early last week following the appearance of the posters , added that Kingibe elected to take paid advert in some national dailies as a means of pledging his loyalty to the Commander-in-Chief.