- President Muhammadu Buhari has joined other Nigerians in celebration of Ibrahim Babangida who just clocked 79
- In a congratulatory message, Buhari says Babangida's service to Nigeria will always be remembered
- The president prays that the former military leader would enjoy strength and good health
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President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, August 16, joined other Nigerians to celebrate a former military leader, Ibrahim Babangida, who has clocked 79 years old.
In a message released by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina, Buhari noted that Babangida's good deeds will always be remembered by Nigerians.
Part of the three-paragraph message read: "As the former military leader turns a new age, the President believes his services to the country will always be remembered.
"President Buhari prays that the Almighty God will continually strengthen Gen. Babangida, grant him good health and longer life."
Born on 17 August, 1941, Babangida was a former Army General and military president of Nigeria between 1985 and 1993.
The retired General had, before leading the country, served the military as a Chief of Army Staff from January 1984 to August 1985.
Wikipedia reports that Babangida "rose through the ranks in the military and fought during the Nigerian Civil War."
It also described Babangida with his reported roles in the overthrow of some governments in Nigeria during the military rule.
The Minna, Niger state-born Babangida joined the Nigerian Army on December 10, 1962, after attending the Nigerian Military Training College, now known as the Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna.
When he took over the leadership of Nigeria, he created the Armed Forces Ruling Council (AFRC), which became the main decision-making body for the country.
Legit.ng earlier reported how Babangida, who is one of Nigeria's foremost statesmen, recently celebrated the Eid-el-Kabir with his immediate family, his children, and grandchildren "and it was indeed a period of celebration for the family members of the ex-military president."
In photos shared by one of his daughters, Rahma Indimi, the former military president of the country could be seen surrounded by love.
Three of his all grown children were in the family photograph with him to mark the year 2020 Sallah day celebration.
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