Don’t see Boko Haram as northern problem, IBB tells Nigerians

Ibrahim Babangida, Former Nigerian dictator

The insurgency has caused the death of about 20,000 people in northern Nigeria with hundreds of thousands of others displaced internally and to neighbouring countries.

The former dictator also said he is optimistic that Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, will conduct elections as rescheduled.

Mr. Babangida spoke in Minna when he received the members of Arewa Citizens Action for Change on Saturday.
He said people should not look at insecurity as only a problem restricted to a particular zone of the country but as a problem confronting the entire country.

“I think people should not see the insecurity as restricted to North East alone; it is the problem of the entire country.

“Nigeria is under insurgency not only north east. Nigerians should see it from that perspective and for that; they should support the Military to end the insurgency,’’ he said.

On whether the postponement of elections will affect its outcome, he observed that the election would be conducted peacefully considering the arrangement on ground.

He also urged INEC to improve in the provision of information in respect of Permanent Voter Cards’, especially on where to collect them.

Mr. Babangida commended his guests for propagating the gospel of peace, particularly at this period where electioneering was at its peak.

In his remark, the state coordinator of the group, Mohammed Mohammed, appealed to INEC to conduct peaceful and credible elections.



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  • PROF

    IBB is a joke .He is the architect of this monster ,he is trying to exonerate himself from Bokoharm. Just cos he lost out on PDP presidential ticket years back .IBB’s time will soon come to an end .

  • Parrot

    GoodlucGood luck, beware…IBB is like a cobra. Get a better playmate. Enough said.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    So, this criminal still gets press coverage? Nigeria is a huge scam. And, our corrupt and compromised media practitioners are a major part of our problem.

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  • Maradona

    IBB, we know your are the monster behind the election postponement and most of the tactics displayed by GEJ and PDP. We are also know of your secret visit to GEJ four times before the election postponement where you brought to Abuja in a presidential jet for the meeting to plot the postponement. You, GEJ, sambo dasuki who was your ADC that arrested Buhari during the 1983 coup and ransacked his house, Deziani and other corrupt Nigerians are dead scared of Buhari and going to jail, so you will employ all form of avenue to make sure buhari doesn’t become president. God is greater than all of you and only He gives power. I see you going to jail and there is nothing you can do it about. You have done nothing to assist the north in terms of Boko haram and rather kept mute. Obasanjo who is from the west has been more vocal and even shown more concern than you who is from you from the north because you dont care. You only care about your loot and not going to fear of jail. The whole thing happening now has your web behind and very similar to june 12. please we need a safe and better Nigeria from the mess you have made.

    • Ade

      Good one

  • Sir k

    Nigerians knew who you are and the roled played in 1993,those wounds are yet to be healed,please stay away and don’t be another evil in the making.

  • ConScience

    Only in Nigeria can a glorified malefactor like IBB still have a microphone to publicly express himself. Why is any sane organization seeking the counsel of this unrepentant charlatan. He is one of the reasons our democracy is for the highest bidder. We lack moral compass thanks to IBB and their cohorts which are entrenched strongly in both major parties but with the leading PDP party not reflective enough to stand up and see the errors of their ways. That is what true leadership and nationalism elicits. Sacrifice for the greatest good for the greatest number of people. Instead it is the opposite act they practice at the seats of power thanks to the likes of IBB and his successors.

  • Thepeople

    Father of the ethos of corruption in Nigeria

  • warry

    ‘An attack on Boko Haram is an attack against the North ‘- Buhari,APC,ACF,. It is most Northern elites that have made Boko Haram their darling to frustrate GEJ.

  • Ette

    This wicked man called IBB should be ignored. He is the one behind all the elections dribbling by clueless GEJ. He is afraid that Buhari will investigate all of them, and at this point they cannot run away from it as election must hold and the desired positive change must come. All the rogues put together cannot stand the power of the people who are now ready to take back their country. They should be rest assured that a win win scheme will be structured for the good of our country and all of us. No need to panic, just get ready to refund what was stolen and we can all move on. God bless Nigeria,

  • Guguru

    This man caused serious damage to the Nigerian system after he removed Buhari from power. It was under IBB that the nair fist floated at the rate of N4 to $1. He set up the second tier market system which led to the separation of the official exchange rate and the black market exchange rate. He literally injected corruption into the Nigeriina system in a way that has made it too difficult to deal with. This man should be detested by everyone in Nigeria. He began the corruption of the Nigerian Army as we know it today. He made corruption cool.

  • Colonel Mariama(rtd)

    I see it as what it clearly is- a Northerner problem and a self-inflict North malady. Deal with it.It was you who started all this nonsense with your OIC and a number of numerous egregious infractions like June 12, 1993 imbroglio.Need I continue? I am afraid not as PREMIUM TIMES is known to censor me at the least provocation. I am telling these imps one final time to cease and desist with this futile attempt to stifle my voice.

  • Arrest warrant

    The most immoral and dangerous leader ever in nigeria,the father of all corruption and religious conflict..he is the founder of all differences we are suffering then and today, IBB was seen in the northern Nigeria as hypocrite and nothing else..very dangerous pls watch out.