People have always virtually known that Badamosi (Gbadamosi) Babangida and his foster brother Abdusalami Abubakar hail from Ogbomoso in Oyo State. Their names are dead give-aways. This interview accorded the Vanguard was a practical admission by the former Nigerian President.
By Wole Mosadomi
SIR, is it true that you are from Ogbomosho, a claim that is backed by assertion that your second name ‘Badamasi’ was coined from the Yoruba name Gbadamosi? Please can you clear the air?
I appreciate your concern. I had to answer the question way back in November 1962. I answered the question during my final year in secondary school when I had to answer that question and 52 years later, I am glad I am answering the same question. The truth is that I hail from here, Niger State. My parents were from between Wushishi and this town (Minna).
My grandparents travelled to settle down here and I think that that says it all but there is nothing wrong in being from any part of the country. The truth is that I hail from Niger State.
I am qualified to be an indigene of Niger State
My grandparents and great grandparents moved from somewhere to settle down in Niger State. There are some who still call us settlers in Niger State and that we are not indigenes of the state because our grandparents came from somewhere to settle here but having lived all my 74 years in Niger State, I think I am more than qualified to be called an indigene of Niger State.