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IBB, Babangida Writes Warning Letter To President Jonathan “El-Rufai’s Detention Is Illegal”

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IBB, Babangida Writes Warning Letter To President Jonathan “El-Rufai’s Detention Is Illegal”

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January 29, 2014 – IBB, Babangida Writes Warning Letter To President Jonathan “Nigerians Are Not Happy, El-Rufai’s Detention Is Illegal”

The open letter trend that started with former President Olusegun Obasanjo last year has continued this year again.

This time around, former military ruler, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida wrote an open letter in form of warning to President Goodluck Jonathan.

In the letter, IBB addressed a lot of issues of concern to him and Nigerians in general.

He also addressed the issue of illegal detention and arrest being ordered by President Jonathan. General Babangida also condemned GEJ for ordering the arrest and detention of Mallam Nasir El-Rufai.

Read the IBB’s warning letter to Jonathan below:

“The happenings in the country in recent times call for worry if we must be sincere with ourselves. Every day, the nation is treated with one form of political issue or [another]. From security challenges to economic challenges, Nigerians are asking several questions that deserve responses from government at the various levels. Democracy is when it is a people-driven government with its fundamental principles of freedom of expression, freedom of association, rule of law, accountability, probity and equal representation amongst others.

“I will like to advise President Goodluck Jonathan to tread cautiously so that those sycophants in, and out of government will not derail his focus, resilience and perseverance. He needs all the comportment, resilience, perseverance, introspection and determination to be able to take the right decisions for the good of the country. The arrest and release of Mallam Nasir El-Rufai is a deliberate distraction which the President must run away from.

“He must avoid gambling with decisions and he must be willing to seek a third opinion on issues before he takes his decision. President Goodluck Jonathan must understand that there is a whole body of people out there who are not happy with happenings in the country. It is his responsibility as President of the country to reach out to them and make his mission understandable to the common man on the street so that they can buy into his government.

“If his body of advisers do not understand the temperament in the country and decide to embark on arresting and releasing people on very questionable allegations, they will be making enemies for the President instead of friends. The prerogative is that of the President and no one else.

“President Jonathan should as a matter of responsibility listen to voices of the opposition and or dissent, as he stands to gain experience and knowledge from their well-informed criticisms rather than build hostilities around them. He has to ensure that he minimizes and maximizes his discretionary powers in a manner that will not be subject of abuse.

“President Goodluck Jonathan must sit back, collect himself and carry out a critical self-appraisal before he takes his decisions. He is aware, without mention, that the country is presently faced with several developmental challenges.

“Also, security agencies must avoid getting involved in political issues. Modern day security has evolved to a point where you do not require seeing gun-wielding policemen on the streets. The ability to collate information and analyze same in a proactive manner will help improve the security situation in the country. We must carry out moral healing as well as political healing in the land. The President must make it a point of duty to reach out to people, groups and individuals with the sole purpose of selling his Presidency. It is becoming instructive that the concept of winner-takes-all which has pervaded the system for so long may not flourish as such again.”

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  1. Dariye

    January 29, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Though am not a support of this evil man called IBB, I support him on this note.
    Jonathan is overdoing the illegal arrest and detention. It all started with Dino Melaye’s arrest in Abuja now to El Rufai who is next

  2. Jonathan must go

    January 29, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    please tell him who are his advisers? He is a clueless president

  3. Tanya Oneku

    January 29, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Who is IBB to warn Jonathan can u remember all the atrocities you committed while in office pls go back to your village in Minna
    Sege danboro mbaka

  4. Kelechi

    January 29, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    IBB wen did d happiness of nigerians become ur interest? Abi all of una don see GEJ begin form saints ! Cha

  5. Ayodeji Taiwo

    January 29, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    I suport u IBB…….badluck is becomin sumtin else..

  6. Thelma

    January 29, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Total rubbish, who is Ibb to warn or Advice President Gudluck. Ibb was wicked, and evil during it time as Military Leader. Ibb pls take ur advice to the grave.

    • mike

      January 31, 2014 at 9:40 AM

      @thelma don’t tell ibb to go the grave with his advice simply because he was wicked when he was a military leader, it is wise and better for u to see reason(s) for his advice,who knows his advice could change the fortune of Mr President,Have u not heard of a hardened criminal becoming a great man of God and changing the life of people, remember Saul (paul) in the Bible

  7. sadiq

    January 29, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    I suport u IBB… for telng dis badluck the tru…

  8. Mumu Naija

    January 29, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Ibb during ur time in office ur opponents were not arrested they were killed including late Dele Giwa and many other victims. Just wait ur can of worm will be open soon like ur friend Obasanjo since you refuse to shut up ur mouth

  9. Imah Andrew

    January 29, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    wat about U, talk of freedom of speech. Can u tell US Wat happen to Dele Juwa, In d letter bomb?.

  10. Richard Flex

    January 29, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    IBB,u are talking bullshit

  11. Ismail Abiodun Adekoya

    January 29, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    As he did when eminent pple advice him not to annulled June 12 presidential election.EL Rufai is one of d subversive elements on our society

  12. Chijioke K. C. Onyebinuso

    January 29, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Can u imagine IBB is now feeling d pulse of d masses? This is just d beginning, FFK might be d next!!

  13. Sunday Ilohokafor

    January 29, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Freedom of speech does not imply saying things that threaten the unity of this great country. Dukob had his own share of it.nigeria is greater than any individual or group. S s continue to do your work.

  14. dave

    January 29, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    The rhetoric coming out of both IBB and OBJ is nothing but pure intimidation out of the pit-of-hell. Apparently, GEJ is riding on a lifetime political storm, surely he will come out of it just as his predecessors. In actual sense, if these individuals truly meant and believing in their preaching, they could have done it differently by approaching the president privately either through phone call or personal visitation. Instead, they publicly ridiculing themselves thinking they’re doing GEJ. Besides, they both have direct access to him being ex-presidents respectively. The world is paying close attention to the happenings in Nigeria, hopefully these individuals are conscious of their contributions towards the current government. They all have their past as well, and none would be exonerated when it comes to the judgment of the Most High God. Yoruba adage says: “agba kise oro bi ewe” means (the old don’t do deity as the young ones). How many times can they both recollects that they’ve received such an open letter(s) from any quarter in Nigeria during their presidency? History will judge all of them if Nigeria breaks in their lifetime. The “only” good our politicians knew to do best is speaking “big big grammars which accomplishes nothing” at the end of the day. They speak grammars pass the British who invented English. Yet nothing positive will come out of it. My prayers goes to you our leaders that God in His mercy will grant you wisdom to run the country efficiently. Because, whatever you do today will reflect on your credibility also, will affects our children and future generations.

  15. Ala Bem J Benjamin

    January 29, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    IBB may have done wrong or is still doing bt let truth be told his letter here portrays no evil

  16. Sunday Ifeanyi

    January 29, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    IBB,your talking about freedom of speech,a political collosuss like you.

  17. Adora Emmanuel

    January 29, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    May be he wants to win the heart of the masses, who knws if he’s going to contest in upcoming election, God help us.

  18. Kulelum

    January 29, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    This is a matter of going back to God in prayer & fasting for our country Nigeria. God is not interested in what you are saying & writing but ‘WHO YOU ARE’ before Him is the matter, so watch what you say & write. If only we love our president, we’ll pray for him & those in authority. Watch-out you might be the next leader.

  19. Cherry Berry

    January 29, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    tanya, tnk u vry mch. IBB shld go&sit dwn in d gutter,close his dirty mouth&lev gdluck alone cos his own evils b4&now is unspeakable. tnk God dt d evil dt men do lives wit dem dis days,no more afta dem. Mtcheeeeeeew!, nonsense!

  20. chukwuma kennedy

    January 29, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    its too late for you to start complaining, you had all the opportunity in the world, what did you do, you destroyed our economy, and every values left, you killed all your opponents.who killed Dele Giwa, Mamman Vasta? etc

  21. chukwuma kennedy

    January 29, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    who killed most of our young generation of army officers? nobody have answered this questions and lot more, we are not suffering from temporarily loss of memory

  22. iron bar

    January 30, 2014 at 1:44 AM

    IBB..the bane of corruption,coup plotter,embezzled gulf war oil wind fall with impunity..
    wonder who gave him the podium to write this trash

  23. b.Taiwo

    January 30, 2014 at 4:38 AM

    Human being…….God do forgive our sins,why we human being do not forgive and forget easily?some people are even worsen than IBB,why always going against him in the print?Is GEJ doing the right thing so far?let stop heating the polity,we are in democracy,be focused,watchful and prayerful ,God can use our number one enemy to deliver us of evil things.Stop going against IBB,NO MATTER WHAT,HE HAS SET A RECORD POSITIVELY AND NEGATIVELY.


    January 30, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    Media aide to General Ibrahim
    Babangida and Special Adviser,
    Media and Public Affairs to Governor
    Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State,
    Prince Kassim Afegbua, has debunked
    a news story credited to him by an
    online medium, Global Village Extra.
    In a statement issued in Benin City
    on Wednesday and made available to
    journalists, Afegbua maintained that
    the publication entitled, “Your aides
    are misleading you, IBB warns
    Jonathan,” was an outright blackmail
    and a sad commentary on journalism
    practice,” adding that “I did not issue
    the said statement that is flying
    around the social media on behalf of

  25. chichi

    January 30, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    IBB must have done wrong in the past but shall we continue dwelling the past?. What IBB is saying is right,there is no security in the country again,Our mothers, fathers; brothers and sisters are dieing like fowl everyday. Our economy is in shamble, there is no job for the graduates, there is no hope for the poor. immorality is the order of the day, kidnapping is not something to write home about, armed robbing is every where, our daughters and mothers are not safe; they are being rape every minutes of the day.Can’t we see that if things continue like this there will be no hope for tomorrow for many of us tomorrow. Goodluck is after 2015 presidential race forgotten that he has not credit to himself since his regime, he surround his safe with bad advisers who does not have interest of the masses at heart.You will buy newspaper to see if you can get job advert you will see and if they happen to advertised they will fix their people. I think is high time Good luck revisit and rethink what to do to make this country at least be the way it was before he took over.The economy of Nigeria has dried. Good luck wife also should also advise his husband on how to better this country instead of misleading him.

  26. yunusa isa

    January 30, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    hmmm, no b small thing ohhh. May God help us ohhh amin.

  27. Saphire

    January 30, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    See who is talking…animal in human skin…devil in human form…until u confess to nigerians and to God..what happend to dele giwa.and others….you will nt be forgiven…..number one suponsorer of boko harram….since GEJ enter that office..babngida and his tribeman will nt allow him concentrateand do his job…..keep frustrating him..God will keep defending him….God bless nigeria

  28. Mugabe

    January 30, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    IBB, one of the most corrupt Nigerian in the planet stocking 26 billion pounds in foreign accounts around the World. A man who held Nigerian politics hostage and caused the murder of Abiola and family, by Abach the devil. Talking Democrazy is like he has gone mad. The highest hypocrite. He and Obasanjo are doing a disservice to Nigerians. they must learn to stay an retirement life and stop breathing discontentment in the society. To hell with their letters, leave Jonathan alone

  29. Fernandez

    January 30, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    @imah andrew.. it was dele giwa and not juwa.. Moreover i wont be surprised if tomorrow’s dalies says “IBB denies writing the letter” cuz i cant believe he(IBB) would write such in his right state of mind when during his own time, things were worse than now. Apart from the killings, the fruad and corruption he did was worse than now. Collecting loans and aids from imf and world bank at the expenses of the naira. IBB practically killed the naira.

  30. CHAcHA

    January 30, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Foolish IBB .my president frm my town no worries na old age dey worry dis man.The youth of our town is behind u 24/7

  31. Auwal Abdulkadir

    February 22, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Hmm badluck koh and ibb u just wanner make us those who dont know what they are doing and those who dont know what is polities.all what u are doing we have know,just allow us to continue felling what we are felling.

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