Babangida an exemplary leader, say northern governors

Former Military President, Ibrahim Babangida

The governors say IBB is a symbol of patriotism, vision, courage

As former President Ibrahim Babangida turns 71 on  Friday, the Northern States Governors’ Forum has saluted him, saying his life is a testimony to good leadership and purposeful living.

The Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Niger, Babangida Aliyu, described Babangida as a symbol of statesmanship, patriotism, vision and courage.

A statement signed by Mr. Aliyu’s Chief Press Secretary, Danladi Ndayebo, said  Mr. Babangida  excelled in his chosen profession and went on to preside over Nigeria through rare vision, courage and exemplary leadership.

The statement said IBB had consistently remained on the path of promoting national unity, integration and development with his influential networks cutting across the nation and beyond.

 The forum said the history of Nigeria would be incomplete without paying tribute to IBB’s contributions and achievements to the socio-economic and political development of the country.

It listed the achievements of the former leader to include the realisation of the vision of Abuja as the Federal Capital City by providing the most vital infrastructure and moving the seat of power from Lagos in 1991.

The statement also referred to the liberalisation of the broadcast industry, the licensing of private universities and airlines and the liberalisation of the banking industry.

Others include the establishment of community banks (now micro-finance institutions) as among IBB’s notable legacies.

The forum prayed God to grant IBB excellent health, courage and many more years of selfless service to Nigeria and humanity.


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  • Bala Hasan

    Dear IBB, you laid the foundation of corruption in Nigeria by using Ghana must go bags of money to settle people. Buhari – Idiagbon regime introduced War Against Indiscipline which you discontinued. Nobody is fooled by you antics any more. You turned the military to anything goes where junior officers routinely disobeyed their superiors with your tacit approval. You destroyed the future of so many younger generations. Remember June 12 ? and how many Nigerians died ? In a more civilise country, you would have paid for your sins by now. See what is happening to James Ibori. Your generation from 1966 destroyed the future of Nigeria. You generation including Obasanjo were not good role models because of low morals and serious character flaws. I DO NOT WISH YOU HAPPY BIRTHDAY.