2019: Again, IBB urges Nigerians to allow younger generation to take over power

Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida

Nigerians have been once again urged by former military President, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida to ensure that only the younger generations were voted to power in the country, according to a Nigerian Tribune reports. 

Babangida was said to have stated this at his country home in Minna, Niger State, when he received a delegation of YES Nigeria Movement, led by its convener, Ali Soyode. 

He charged the delegation to seize the privilege offered by the next elections to serve their fatherland at a younger age. 

Babangida, who, had in a statement in February asked President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek re-election in 2019, urged him to complete his first term and allow a new generation of leaders to take control of the mantle of leadership of the country. 

“In the fullness of our present realities, we need to cooperate with President Muhammadu Buhari to complete his term of office on May 29th, 2019 and collectively prepare the way for new generation leaders to assume the mantle of leadership of the country. 

“While offering this advice, I speak as a stakeholder, former president, concerned Nigerian and a patriot who desires to see new paradigms in our shared commitment to get this country running. 

"While saying this also, I do not intend to deny President Buhari his inalienable right to vote and be voted for, but there comes a time in the life of a nation when personal ambition should not override national interest,” Babangida stated. 

However, the former military leader, reiterated the need for electorate to get their voting documentations in order to play their role in the governance of the country, just as he pledged to work with the movement in achieving its goals. 

“I want to commend the leadership of the movement for the great works it has achieved, especially in the areas of educating the electorate on their democratic and political rights and also supporting existing parties in identifying potential candidates for elective offices,” Babangida said. 

It would be recalled that former President General Ibrahim Babangida on Thursday, March 1, held a closed door meeting with General Theophilus Danjuma (rtd) at the former’s hilltop mansion in Minna, Niger state. 

According to a report by The Sun newspaper, the meeting lasted for about three hours and took place at the inner parlour at the upper terrace of the building/

Danjuma was reported to have arrived at the Minna airport at exactly 11:45am and was driven straight to the Babangida's mansion, where he was ushered into the private parlour. 
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