I did not exclusively endorse Buhari, Jonathan believes in Nigeria’s unity – IBB

By Post Nigeria January 31, 2015 11:56

I did not exclusively endorse Buhari, Jonathan believes in Nigeria’s unity – IBB

Former Military Head of State, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, on Thursday said he has decided to endorse all fourteen presidential candidates in the forthcoming elections.

This is coming shortly after the retired General had allegedly endorsed both President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and endorsed Muhammadu Buhari, the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate.

Babangida made the declaration during a talk show on Channels TV.

He said he believed that all the candidates had displayed passion for the unity of the country.

When queried by the presenter of the programme about supposedly throwing his weight behind Jonathan, Babangida said he had merely made an allusion.

“I did allude to that. I said I found him as someone who has a very strong belief about the unity of this country.

“Those of us who fought the civil war and I still carry a bullet here as a permanent reminder in me, so anyone who talks about Nigeria’s unity, I get impassioned about it.

“So what I said is that the president believes in the unity of this country and any other person who believes in the unity of this country should support the president to keep the country one,” he said.

Babangida also said as far as the presidential election was concerned, all the 14 presidential candidates had his blessing.

“The only difference and I did mention it, is that I have not been able to read what they have to offer to this country and I am going to do that. Whoever offers what I was looking forward to I will cast my vote,” he said.

Babangida also spoke on the late General Sani Abacha.

He claimed that he never suspected that his successor was going to seize power from the head of the interim government, Chief Ernest Shonekan, to whom he handed over power in 1993.

“It never crossed my mind that Abacha would overthrow the interim government, quite honestly, it never did.

“But when he executed the coup, it didn’t come to me as a surprise because all of you in this country gave him the wherewithal to do it. A coup always succeeds if there was a frustration in the society and that frustration was orchestrated.

“I governed for eight years using decree, that interim government was given a constitution and that constitution was supported by a law. So as far as I’m concerned, it was not illegitimate. It was legitimately done as it’s done in military governments all over the world,” he said.

The former president charged Nigerians and Muslims to unite actively and fight against Boko Haram, saying that the group had carried out acts that are contrary to the tenets of Islam.

“Nigerians have to mobilise against Boko Haram and that will make it easy to win the war,” he said.

He added that he had no regret over anything he did during his regime but admitted that if there was anything he would have done differently, it would have been to include a provision for a two-party system in the Nigerian constitution.