Breaking: IBB–“My first statement on Buhari Stands, “Don’t Seek Second Term, IBB Tells Buhari”–Reports New York[RR]Minna Niger State–Former Military dictator General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, has again affirmed the validity of the first statement he issued on Sunday that President Muhammadu Buhari should not seek reelection in 2019 but allow a younger element to take over […]
New York[RR]Minna Niger State–Former Military dictator General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, has again affirmed the validity of the first statement he issued on Sunday that President Muhammadu Buhari should not seek reelection in 2019 but allow a younger element to take over the presidency. ThisDay published the piece titled: “IBB: My First Statement on Buhari Stands, the 2nd is Fake”, said in part: ‘There had been controversy when after a few hours the statement was issued, another one went into circulation without the hardline position Babangida took in the initial one.
But THISDAY reported that Babangida said it was his friends who issued the second statement on his behalf.
The former maximum ruler’s spokesman, Kassim Afegbua, had given this indication on Sunday when he appeared on a Channels Television programme. Afegbua said he wrote the statement with and on the instruction of Babangida. He said he could not have goofed on a job he has been doing for 14 years. THISDAY quoted Babangida as having told it: “Original statement still stands.”
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A former military Head of State, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (rtd), has also lent his voice to the call by former President Olusegun Obasanjo that President Muhammadu Buhari should not seek re-election after completing his tenure in 2019.
In a statement he issued on Sunday, Babangida said that he did not write a letter to Buhari but has just shared his thoughts with “fellow compatriots on the need to enthrone younger blood into the mainstream of our political leadership starting from 2019”.
The former military ruler said the next election in 2019 therefore presented Nigeria with a unique opportunity to reinvent the will and provoke fresh leadership that would immediately begin the process of healing the wounds in the land and ensuring that the wishes and aspirations of the people were realized in building and sustaining national cohesion and consensus.
Babangida said: “Having been privileged to preside over this great country, interacted with all categories of persons, dissected all shades of opinions, understudied different ethnic groupings; I can rightfully conclude that our strength lies in our diversity.
“But exploring and exploiting that diversity as a huge potential has remained a hard nut to crack, not because we have not made efforts, but building a consensus on any national issue often has to go through the incinerator of those diverse ethnic configurations.”
Credit: ThisDay, Republic Reporters, Metro Watch, IBB