By Emeka Nze
Despite denying presidential ambition, branded and customised Indomie Noodles bearing the name and portrait of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, have flooded the Nigerian market.
Kingibe, in an advertorial in some newspapers last Thursday, denied that he was nursing presidential ambition.
He said in a statement that he “neither produced nor authorised” anybody to produce campaign posters on his behalf.
The Kingibe indomie noodles, now on sale at some major markets across the country, are sold at subsidized rate of N1, 500 as against the market price of N3, 150.
A source close to Kingibe said the former SGF believed he was a target of smear campaign by some political enemies.
Some directors of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) had written to the House of Representatives Committee on Security and National Intelligence, alleging that Kingibe who headed the Federal Government panel that reviewed the operational, technical and administrative structure of NIA, in the aftermath of the $43 million of the agency found at Lagos apartment, recommended the appointment of Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, as Director General of the NIA.
Abubakar’s appointment will likely lead to premature retirement of some directors of the agency.
Kingibe said that much in the statement when he declared that “The phantom allegations and pasting of posters are striking to be coincidental. This is a miscalculated attempt to malign and defame me.”
The source who confirmed an audience with the president early last week when the posters appeared, disclosed that it was to further assure Buhari of his loyalty that Kingibe took paid advert in some national dailies to dispel his rumoured presidential ambition.