The governors described the works of the former military leader.
The Northern States Governors Forum, NSGF, has felicitated with former Military President, Ibrahim Babangida, IBB, who turns 72 on Saturday; commending his untiring efforts at preserving the unity of the nation.
“General Babangida’s life symbolises statesmanship, patriotism, vision and courage which are some of the excellent leadership virtues that have guided him through his years of active public service life,” Chairman of the forum and Governor of Niger State, Mu’azu Aliyu said in Minna on Friday.
The forum’s message which is contained in a statement signed by Mr. Aliyu’s Chief Press Secretary, Danladi Ndayebo, said the former Military leader excelled in his chosen profession and went on to preside over Africa’s most influential country during which period he showed rare vision, courage, and exemplary leadership.
The statement noted that Mr. Babangida has consistently remained on the path of promoting national unity, integration and development with his influential networks cutting across the length and breadth of Nigeria and beyond.
The forum said the history of Nigeria will always be incomplete without paying tribute to IBB’s contributions and achievements to the socio-economic and political development of our 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 made reference to the privatisation of the broadcast industry, the licensing of private universities and airlines, the liberalisation of the banking industry, including the establishment of community banks (now micro finance institutions) as ranking among IBB’s notable legacies.
It then prayed God to grant IBB excellent health, courage and many more years of selfless service to Nigeria and humanity.
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