Historical Pix Of The Day; IBB Pictured With Best Friend Gen Vatsa in 1969 Before He Executed Him For Coup Attempt

BFF’s…. Then Major Ibrahim Babangida and Major Mamman Vatsa on March 21, 1969 at Okigwe (in present day Imo). General Mamman Vatsa, was executed over a controversial coup by the regime of General Ibrahim Babangida in 1986.  

Vatsa, who was appointed Minister of Federal Capital Territory by Babangida after a successful coup against Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari in August 1985, was arrested and charged over a plot same year. 

As former military president, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, celebrated his 70th birthday Wednesday, he revealed that the execution of Major-General Mamman Vatsa, who was the Best Man at his wedding, for an abortive coup was traumatic for him

“the most traumatic decision I have ever taken in my life”. “We were not only friends, but you can confidently refer to him as family because our families were not only close but our extended families were too,” Babangida said to journalists..