Babangida declares support for northern leaders assembly

Babangida declares support for northern leaders assembly

- Ibrahim Babangida says he supports the Northern Leaders Stakeholders Assembly (NLSA)

- Babangida says the forum should be encouraged because of its commitment to unity of Nigeria

- The former military president commends the gtoup for advancing the country positively

Nigeria’s former military president, Ibrahim Babangida, has reportedly lauded the Northern Leaders Stakeholders Assembly (NLSA) for ensuring the advancement of the country and pledged his support for the assembly.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Babangida made the pledge on Sunday, April 15, when members of the group paid him a courtesy visit in Minna.

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The report said the former military leader described the assembly as “a forum that should be encouraged because of its commitment to the unity of Nigeria and maintenance of its territorial integrity.

“I want to commend you for your idea to ensure the advancement of the country. I believe that we should support peaceful co-existence in the country.

“We will encourage what you are doing and support you to succeed.”

Speaking at the meeting, the chairman of the assembly, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, described the organisation as a non-partisan political group.

Yakassai said people of Northern extraction were free to register as members of the group, irrespective of their ethnic, religious and political belief.

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“As nonpartisan body, our mission is to create and nurture a culture of tolerance and togetherness by providing a platform for northerners to pursue a more civilised line of action in the field of politics,” he said adding that the NLSA was established on February 10, 2018, dedicated to the promotion of cultural and political unity and amity among northerners and Nigerians at large.

The members made Babangida the patron of the group. earlier reported that General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida advised Nigerians to ensure that only the younger generations were voted to power in the country.

It was gathered that Babangida, 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.

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