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Ibrahim Babangida IBB: How I Nearly Killed My Wife Maryam At Dodan Barracks Lagos

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August 17, 2016 – Ibrahim Babangida IBB: How I Nearly Killed My Wife Maryam Babangida At Dodan Barracks Lagos

Ex-Military ruler General Ibrahim Babangida, yesterday, made a shocking revelation of how he nearly killed his wife, Maryam (now late) at Dodan Barracks, Lagos, in the course of his military career. Babangida, who disclosed this while interacting with journalists at his Minna Hill Top mansion as part of activities marking his 75th birthday, added that he is not as evil as many people have been made to believe.

Born on August 17, 1941, Babangida, popularly known as IBB, was Nigeria’s military leader from August 27, 1985, when he overthrew Major General Muhammadu Buhari (now president) but “stepped aside” on August 27, 1993, after annulling the June 12, 1993 presidential election. Responding to a question on whether he had any record of accidental discharge during his career, Babangida said: “Accidental discharge!

Oh no, I almost had it with someone very close to me, and when I did, the person involved, luckily was not dead. I had it during the course of my service and it was in Dodan Barracks and the person who almost took it was my wife, but she escaped it.”

The Minna born Army General, however, said that the person who was involved in another related incident was not that lucky. He said: “But I also had a situation where I was moving with some of my junior officers.

There was an alarm and the ammunition fell and hit one of them and he dropped dead there. There is nothing you can do, as a commander, you have to move on. Of course, I knew the family very well, because he was my driver.

They came, I told them what happened and they took it in good fate, saying that was how God wished it to be, but it was a very painful death.” Maryam died at 61 of ovarian cancer on December 27, 2009 in a hospital in Los Angeles, California, United States with Babangida at her bedside.

The ex-leader, who reflected on life after his wife’s death, said: “It has not been easy, but I thank God that I have children who show remarkable understanding and have been doing their best by trying to do what their mother was doing. I also have a lot of grandchildren and they take most of my time.”

Babangida also spoke about his relationship with Maryam.

“While we were courting, there was one aspect that she did not believe about me. She did not believe that I was serious because of the reputation I had as a ‘playboy’, but I assured her that it won’t be a problem that I will be a changed person and I am glad I am. I had no problem solidifying the relationship because I knew her and I knew everyone in her family,” he said.

On misconception about his person, Babangida said: “I am not the evil that quite a lot of people consider that I am. I have had a very excellent background and by training, we have to love one another.

However, I can understand the feeling. But by virtue of the job I was doing, I was bound to be misconstrued and people will take it like that, but I consider it as an opinion. As long as I am not what you think I was, I feel satisfied.”

He added: “I read somewhere sometime ago, where they said I stole N12.8 billion and I said: If I stole such money, I had no business staying in the country.

But those are the type of things that one has to live with. I hope the younger generation will carry out research on leadership, individuals and what role they played in the development of the nation, so that they come up with a different conclusion from what is on ground now.” Babangida, who also spoke on the polity, called for a part-time legislature to cut high cost of governance.

“During my public life, there were a number of decisions I took as a military officer or as a political officer, when I was a dictator that if I had the chance again, I would have done differently. For example, in 1989, we proposed that the National Assembly should be optional, that is part-time. I still believe that if I had the opportunity, I would make the National Assembly part time. I believe in that very strongly. It’s all in the effort to cut down the cost of governance,” he said.

[Daily Telegraph]



  1. Omokehinde

    August 17, 2016 at 4:20 AM

    Happy birthday to another Nigerian dictator that legalized corruption, looting, mass killing of those that disagree with him or seemed dangerous to his regime survival, and a man who is proud of accidentally killing a young officer cbecause of carelessness and lack of weapon safety training. IBB would be remembered for the annulment of the first free and fair election on June 12, 1993. His legacy will not be complete if we fail to mention his letter Bomb that terminated the life of Mr. Dele Giwa. What about those brilliant military officers from every tribe and background with miliatary ranks from Capt. to Brig. General that were killed in a very suspicious plane crash in Ejigbo area of Lagos state during his regime? To date, nobody knows the actual cause of that plane crash in Ejigbo. The annulment of the June 12 presidential election led to untimely death of thousands of Nigerians all across the nation, and another seroius effect was the emergence of the brutalist dictator in Nigerian history-late General Sanni Abacha. IBB career would have ended for killing another officer due to lack of firearm safety, negligence, and carelessness in nati on where the rules of law reign. What manner of a leader boost about such error in his career. Anyway, Happy birthday to you sir.

    • Jay

      August 17, 2016 at 2:24 PM


  2. Nelson

    August 17, 2016 at 7:03 AM

    @Omokehinde,kudos for this good and very touching comment of yours on this evil man.His negligence didnt make him kill his wife, but his driver!his evil regime recorded the highest number of deaths in Nigeria.This is a man that never valued lives except his own life and that of his family. God dey! happy birthday.

  3. Nelson

    August 17, 2016 at 7:04 AM

    @Omokehinde,kudos for this good and very touching comment of yours on this evil man.His negligence didnt make him kill his wife, but his driver!his evil regime recorded the highest number of deaths in Nigeria.This is a man that never valued lives except his own life and that of his family. God dey! happy birthday.

  4. Tonia

    August 17, 2016 at 8:17 AM

    I have always loved you my genera. No matter what people say you are still my hero. Long life in good health sir and May my good God bless you in Jesus name, Amen.

  5. Morgan

    August 17, 2016 at 8:33 AM

    My piece of advice is that if Mr.IBB will divide his wealth into two and bring half of it into federal treasury,that benevolent act will purge his negative records.

  6. fifelomo

    August 17, 2016 at 8:49 AM

    Happy birthday to Maradona of our time.

  7. huchennar

    August 17, 2016 at 9:55 AM

    i think this write-up should be published and delivered to his doorstep @omokehinde

  8. sola olaniyi

    August 17, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    HBD Mr IBB…the maradona of our time

  9. Maryf

    August 17, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    Happy Birthday IBB, you should not your wife as an excuse to make people believe that you are a good man because you are definitely not

  10. Keeping it real

    August 17, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    @omokehinde what an amazing details you have here about this individual “IBB”


  11. Jilo

    August 17, 2016 at 4:03 PM

    I’m glad this man admitted that he is a dictator and most of the decision he has taken as a dictator had a lot of defects. For those who do not know this guy IBB or those who were too young to understand the events, he was the former head of state who hijacked power by coup-d’etat from Buhari in 1985. Since then thing has never been the same in Nigeria. The problem we are having in Nigeria today started during Babangida regime. He institutionalize corruption in Nigeria and wrecked our economy through his bad economy restructure Sttuctural Adjustment Programe (SAP) and Second Tier Foreign Exchange (SFEM) program. Devaluation of our currency started with Babangida.

    Drug business triumph during his regime and most of his cronies made a lot of money out of it including IBB himself. He killed Dele Giwa because that guy was about to blow the whistle about his hidden secret when that he spotted Gloria Okon (IBB Courier) who Babangida has decleared dead where as he was the one who facilitated her trip to go and hide in London.

    This guy was nicknamed Maradona because of his dubious idea and how he always come up with his twist and deceit. When Buhari/Tunde Idiagbon were running the government before he suddenly came and hijacked it from them, things were structure in place, our foreign debt was being paid off. As soon as Mr. Maradona came everything started dwindling down and we have never recover since then.

    I think this guy must answer Buhari Question that why did he hijack his government? Probably no meaningful answer other than selfish interest. I expect this guy to come on National TV and apologize to all Nigerians and confess his sins and those whom he has sent to untimely grave. Nigerians do not need all these cock and bull story about your wife. You put this Country into the mess we are in now. The more you try to cover up your past misdeed, the more you are going to be more miserable. Nigerians have not forgotten all about your evil past.

  12. Lola O

    August 17, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    Medicine after death. You still have not explained what happened to Dele Giwa and Mamman Jiya Vatsa. I pray that your children and grandchildren will reap what you have sown. You cannot hide from Almighty Allah, to whom we shall all answer some day.

  13. Bokemb

    August 17, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    Banbangida Born in August took overthrew Buhari in August relinquish power in August. na Augustine be Him name. From Now on you are Mr. Augustine

  14. Endure

    August 17, 2016 at 11:29 PM

    @jilo. You’ve given the true and the over all profile of this evil man. I was probably in nursery school when he came to power but I’ve read his history which directly confirms your comment. Babangida indeed brought us to where we are today most especially in the aspect of naira devaluation. Our economy collapsed in the face of the devaluation of our currency from then onward. I think he should be ashamed of himself for speaking publicly to we nigerians. I will advice him to stop exposing himself to ridicule by speaking to us. He nearly kill his wife but he succeeded in killing all 163 middle ranking army,navy,air force officers in september 28 1992 plane crashed he planned in advance. I tag him and abacha the most evil and wicked head of state nigerians ever had. They’ve left bad history and legacy behind which I strongly believe no president will want to imitate. There are still principled,conscientious and patriotic nigerians who will never take after there steps. And I believe by God’s help we will make nigeria great again.


    August 14, 2017 at 1:22 AM


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