- Ibrahim Babandiga has said that national unity is still a dream because of the failures of administrations that came on board after the civil war
- Babangida said that even after 50 years, reconciliatory efforts were not pushed hard enough by these regimes
- The former military leader used the NYSC and other unity schools built throughout the coun try as examples
A former Nigerian military head of state, Ibrahim Babangida Badamosi, has expressed his ideas on national unity after the civil war which took place 50 years ago.
Babaginda said that most of the reconciliatory moves made by the administrations after the war were not pushed hard enough to make lasting impact.
He pointed out that initiatives such as the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and the various unity schools established throughout Nigeria did not yield much of the expected fruits.
The former military leader, speaking on Saturday, January 11, said: “For example, the NYSC, unity schools. I think we didn’t push it hard.
“We should have pushed all those hard so that people from different parts of the country can say that we met at unity schools together.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that there was speculation in the morning of Sunday, December 15, that Nigeria might have lost Babangida, but his spokesperson, Kassim Afegbua, has denied this.
The reports indicated that Babangida died after a long battle with an undisclosed ailment. However, a statement by Afegbua said the former military president was still alive and kicking.
Afegbua said: "It has become consistent fake news for quite some time now wishing our own IBB, the one we easily refer to as 'the last don' of Nigeria politics, dead.
"The 'fake news bill' would be a suitable response to this category of fake news carrier. IBB is very much alive and bubbling.
"He just started attending to friends and associates who came to see him today, Sunday, 15th December, 2019 right here at his Minna Hilltop mansion. He is full of life and in his characteristic bubbling mood.
"May Allah forgive those who wish IBB dead. God is the giver and taker of life, not humans. Death, as the irrevocable end of all creation, will surely come to everyone some day and at the appointed time and hour, but to deliberately spread fake news and wish someone dead, is to take humanity to another bizarre level.
"May Allah forgive them. IBB, by the special grace of Allah, the omniscient and omnipotent One, shall live to fulfill his journey and destiny in life, to the consternation of those who are always wishing him dead. This is about the third time this year."
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