Confusion As IBB Breaks Down In Tears, Denies Issuing A Statement Calling On Buhari Not To Contest In 2019, Sets The Record Straight

By Post Nigeria February 4, 2018 20:31

Confusion As IBB Breaks Down In Tears, Denies Issuing A Statement Calling On Buhari Not To Contest In 2019, Sets The Record Straight

Former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, has disowned a statement he purportedly issued, asking President Muhammadu Buhari not to contest during the 2019 elections.

In a statement he personally signed and made available to Journalists, on Sunday night, in Minna, Babangida said he has unfettered access to President Buhari, and would not have resorted to advising him through the pages of newspapers.

“My attention has been drawn to a press statement on the state of the nation, particularly 2019 general elections and beyond.

“Let me categorically state that as former President and Statesman, I have an unfettered channel of communication with the highest authorities without sensational public correspondence, therefore those views expressed over there are personal views of the writer”, the former Military President noted.

IBB further stated that with due respect to individual opinion and constitutional rights, it was worrisome that political events and civil unrest in many parts of the country has raised many questions on the governance and unity, to the extent that 2018 is inundated with seasons of literature on the corporate existence of this country.

He said in his message to this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day, that he specifically expressed the dire need for proactive measures to stop farmers/ herders clashes in the Middle Belt, cattle rustling, armed robbery, Kidnapping, gangsterism and cultism.

He added that he had through that statement called on security agencies to step up surveillance with more efforts on intelligence gathering for maximum success.

He however, noted that recent happenings and utterances by political gladiators is alarming, and not in the interest of common man that is already overstretched and apparently living from hand to mouth due to precarious economic conditions. He expressed optimism that the political actors will play within the ambits of political norms and decorum to ameliorate the problems facing our society now.

“Since after my Military years that metamorphosed to the only Military President in the history of Nigeria and my civilian life, I always have one clear objective that freedom can only be achieved through democracy. Some people find this freedom as an avenue for eroding democracy by antics of hate speeches under the guise of religion, tribal or self-imposed mentorship.

“This trend of pitching political class and the people is unhealthy and skewed.”

The former Nigerian Leader, observed that the clamour for re-alignment of governance in the country ahead of 2019 election year is a welcome development only if the agitations are genuinely channeled through legislation and total supremacy of the constitution, adding that any attempt outside this circle of democratic tenants is deceptive and divisive idea capable of plunging our political journey into disarray.

He noted that present political parties and their structures need parameter pillars that will make them more strong with unique ideologies but suggested that political parties need a surgical operation that will fusion them into a reasonable number.

“I have been an advocate of two-party systems but in our present reality in Nigeria, our political parties can fusion into strong political association/party that can form a formidable opposition to a ruling party”, he said.


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