Nigeria's ex-president, Ibrahim Babangida (IBB), while attending a lecture to mark the 54th birthday of the governor of Ogun State, Chief Gbenga Daniel, spoke about true federalism in Nigeria saying βI want to say here that anybody who believes in some of those things will have my vote in 2011. Everything that was said here today on federalism is the true reflection of what this country was, is and will be.β
βI believe that true federalism is the issue for this country. Many of us who are very close to 70 years are very proud that we are leaving Nigeria in safe hands. There are lots of things called settled issues in the countryβs political system. We donβt have to look back. Why clamouring whether we want to call ourselves republic and so on? Those are the issues that are settled. I believe more in small government than big government.β
On his way back to Minna, Niger state, IBB spoke with journalists at Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos about persistent rumours about his ambition to run for the president of Nigeria in 2011.
He said, βNo, there is no such thing, absolutely nothing like that, but if Nigerians are convinced that I have a contribution to make, surely this is the only country I have and I will do it. I am still doing some consultations and honestly, I will hint you on that when I have finished doing that. I will give you a feedback very soon."....βI will be directed by the general opinion.β
Ibrahim Babangida, was Nigeria's military president from 1985 to 1993.
When asked to comment on the current political climate in Nigeria, he said βWhat I want is for all of you, including me, you, politicians to be very, very tolerant and if we are tolerant we will be able to move this country forward.β
Other attendess at the event included the ex-Senate President, Senator Adolphus Wabara; Chief Rasaq Okoya, Chief Raymond Dopkesi and Dr. Oba Otudeko
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Wuchi Irving, U.S.A April 07, 2010
You have done enough and have tried. Sit down and let us watch others.
Alpha Langtang, Nija April 06, 2010
This thief wants to rule Nigeria for 16yrs, that's not going to happen-- only in Nigeria the we recycle rubbish. Obvious the first 8 years was not enough.
Why don't you run for governor of your state and leave Nigeria alone you caused enough damage the last time. your services are not required.
Mubarak kangiwa Kebbi, Nigeria April 06, 2010
Mr IBB you have nothing to contrubute to nigerian people, except to damage our nation. Pls go away.
fela pomona, usa April 06, 2010
baban barawo gida, you have felt the pulse of the people and the general consesus is stay away, nigerians, let us petition obama and gordon brown the govt. of these countries have sent emisary to the alibaba for what, i believe throwing their weights behind him to come on board as the next nigerian prez.God forbid you have ruined us lets find some one to up lift us out of the rubble.set back
moral decadance, lack of power,stagnation, sanitation, bad roads, corruption, drug peddling,lack of petrol in the midst of plenty crude oil, wanton killings of innocent people who dare challange you by hook or by crook, worst motorable roads, security, etc etc, etc. babangida badamasi.................stay away.............we certainly dont need, want, desire your services.....okay
joe Garba Bakersfield, usa April 06, 2010
If the united states and great britain wants and wish nigeria well they should not, never again support the ambition of badamasi babangida to be president of nigeria again.
we want to move forward and if it pleases the us and uk to see nigeria in constant state of bully and degredation then support babangida. If CHANGE is the launching pedestals obama successfully ran on and won, then nigeria need the same CHANGE not the same status quo.