- Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB), former head of state, has shed light on how he acquired the nicknames of evil genius and Maradona
- The former military ruler on Friday, August 6, in an interview with Arise TV, said the names were manufactured by the media
- According to him, he was called Maradona because of deft political moves
Twenty-eight years after leaving office, former military president, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB), has revealed why he was nicknamed “evil genius” and “Maradona”.
The former head of state explained the nicknames were given to him by the Nigerian media because of his “deft political moves”.
Babangida made the disclosure while speaking with Arise TV in an exclusive interview on Friday, August 6.
“They call me ‘evil genius’, I marvel at that. The contradiction — you can’t be evil and then a genius.
“The definition of Maradona I got from the media is because of deft political moves. That’s the way the media described it."
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