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BADAMASI: 12 National Questions Emelonye’s film will answer on June 12

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By TOSIN ADAMS

Filmmaker Obi Emelonye, notable for a string of critically-acclaimed Nollywood blockbusters like ‘Last Flight to Abuja’, ‘Mirror Boy’, ‘Oxford Gardens’ and ‘Onye Ozi’ will be unveiling his new film, ‘Badamasi: Portrait of a General’, a biopic on former President of Nigeria, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida on June 12, 2021 at Cineworld, O2 Arena, London. While entry ‘coupons’ are currently obtainable at: www.eventsbrite.co.uk it is pertinent to note that the film which has been stirring a lot of attention because of its relevance at this stage of Nigeria’s socio-political development has answers to some critical national questions, which the life of Gen. Ibrahim Babangida has inadvertently orchestrated.

Here are 12 critical questions which this work of art will explain in 2 hours of cinematic experience:

  1. What w Ibrahim Babangida’s role in 1967 while waging a Civil War against his in-laws at Asaba in today’s Delta State?
  2. What are the truths and myths about the coups that ousted Tafawa Balewa, Aguiyi Ironsi, Yakubu Gowon, Murtala Mohammed, Shehu Shagari and Muhammadu Buhari?
  3. How was IBB’s friend, Buka Suka Dimka arrested after the assassination of Murtala Mohammed?
  4. What is the real story behind the ‘letter bomb assassination’ of notable journalist, Dele Giwa in 1986?
  5.  What is the reality about the state execution of IBB’s childhood friend, Mamman Vatsa and how true are the allegations leveled against him?
  6. How did IBB survive the phenomenal Gideon Orkar-led coup in 1990 and what were the mistakes of the coupists?
  7. Why did IBB’s government suddenly turn against Chief Moshood Abiola, another close friend?
  8. Was IBB under threats from his colleagues in the military to annul the 1993 presidential elections reputed to be free and fair?
  9.  What emotions does June 12 still evoke in IBB, 28 years after and how did Abiola and Abacha die?
  10. Who are the unseen and unheard architects behind the annulment of June 12 presidential polls?
  11.  Was it deliberate to leave Gen. Sani Abacha behind when IBB was announcing that he was stepping aside?
  12. What bungled IBB’s two attempts to run as President in 2007 and 2011?