Nigeria celebrates Ibrahim Babangida aka evil genius

Nigerian big men have paid tribute to former military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida. He is clocking 79 years old today.

President Muhammadu Buhari sent warm felicitations to former military President, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida on his 79th birthday, August 17, 2020, joining family, friends and associates to celebrate with the elder statesman.

As the former military leader turns a new age, the President said he believes his services to the country will always be remembered.

President Buhari prayed that the Almighty God will continually strengthen Gen. Babangida, grant him good health and longer life.

Former Vice President of Nigeria Atiku Abubakar has paid tribute to former military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida for his respect and commitment to our diversity.

Atiku said in a statement marking the 79th birthday anniversary of the former military ruler in Abuja at the weekend that IBB’s attributes of intelligence, wisdom, charisma and his understanding and respect for Nigeria’s diversity, has stood the test of time.

“General Babangida is amazingly gifted, he is a strategic thinker and a true believer in national unity and national integration, qualities for which history and posterity will deliver a favourable verdict on him,” he added.

According to the former Vice President, “one of the reasons IBB charms and arouses the interest of the world is his unique capacity to learn, and listen to others, even if he disagrees with them.”

He explained that, apart from being decisive and bold in taking major decisions at the right time, every sincere Nigerian would commend IBB for his broadmindedness which was reflected in the structure of his government.

The former Vice President recalled his women emancipation agenda, which was powered by his late wife.

While wishing Babangida more years in good health, the PDP Presidential candidate in the 2019 election appealed to Nigerian politicians to take a cue from IBB’s philosophy of inclusive government, which he said, is a prerequisite for reducing the tensions and separatist tendencies in the country.

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, also rejoiced with former President Ibrahim Babangida on the occasion of his 79th birthday on 17th August, 2020.

Lawan said the General and former Nigerian leader can be proud of his contributions to the defence of the territorial integrity, unity, and political and sociology-economic development of Nigeria. 

The Senate President noted that President Babangida has remained passionate about Nigeria more than two decades after his exit from active public service.

Lawan urged the elder statesman to continue to avail those in leadership positions the benefits of  his experience and wise counsel for the unity, stability and progress of the nation.
The Senate President wishes the General many more years of good health and peace of mind.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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