Nigeria’s former military president Ibrahim Babangida addressed some key issues regarding the state of the nation in an interview broadcast Friday August 6 by Arise News TV.
Legit.ng highlights some of the key questions raised by the older statesman.
1. President Buhari’s successor in 2023
Ahead of the 2023 election, Babangida spoke about the kind of leader Nigeria needs to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said Nigerians should not vote for anyone over 60 as president, noting that the country needs a young and vibrant Nigerian to succeed Buhari.
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IBB added that Nigeria has the human and natural resources to transform the country without foreign aid.
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2. Corruption in a democracy
The older statesman also addressed the threat of corruption in the country, especially among public office holders.
Babangida boasted that his military administration had done a better job in the fight against corruption compared to how the fight against the threat is handled in the democratic system.
3. Annulment of June 12, 1993, presidential election
The former military leader also revealed what he called the “honest reason” his government annulled the June 12, 1993 elections which were won by MKO Abiola; an election considered the best in Nigerian history.
IBB claimed that if he did not cancel the elections there would have been a coup that could have been violent, PM News declared.
Legit.ng notes that Abiola’s victory was confirmed in 2018, when the Buhari administration posthumously awarded him a Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR), an honor reserved for heads of state.
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4. The fight against insurgency
Regarding insecurity, IBB also said the Nigerian military is overwhelmed and also uses outdated equipment.
He noted, however, that the military has the capacity to win the war against insurgency and banditry in the north.
5. DSS and court orders
In addition, Babangida advised the Department of State Services (DSS) to stop disobeying court orders.
His advice comes amid allegations that the secret police have become notorious for not obeying court rulings.
He reiterated that the agency which was created under his military administration in 1986 must stop flouting court decisions.
6. Qualities Nigeria’s Next President Must Have
As the country nears the 2023 general election, IBB has also revealed at least eight qualities the country’s next president must possess.
Among other things, he said that the next leader must be someone who has friends everywhere, who knows the economy well and who understands politics well.
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In addition, Ayodele Fayose, former governor of the state of Ekiti, met Babangida on Monday March 15.
In what he called a consultation, the former governor said he also met General Abdulsalami Abubakar, the former military leader who oversaw Nigeria’s transition to civilian rule in 1999.
Fayose also said he would continue to consult with other stakeholders.