- Ex-military ruler, IBB, says it is silly to blame the military for Nigeria's problems
- The retired general said the military worked with civilians all through the time and all are equally to blame
- IBB described the actions of coup plotters that installed past military governments as fortunate because they wanted to keep Nigeria united
A former military ruler of Nigeria, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (IBB), has absolved himself and other past military rulers of blame in the current challenges facing the country.
According to IBB, he considers it quite silly to blame the military for Nigeria's current plight.
The Cable reports that IBB made the declaration during a Channels Television interview aired late on Friday, October 2.
IBB noted that the military worked hand-in-hand with civilians and could, therefore, not be solely blamed for problems witnessed.
“I find it silly to say that we created the problems. It is a joint venture between the military and the civilians. You were there to show us how the system works; the institutions of governance and government, all these were civilians prerogative."
The former military general noted that instead of creating the problems as claimed, the past military rulers tried to build a better society.
“We didn’t create problems. We tried to provide the framework upon which subsequent governments could build upon. Most of the infrastructural developments, even the democracy, we midwifed it. We were able to capture what the world is doing now and bring them into our own country."
IBB expressed support for the coup plotters who overthrew civilian governments, including himself because they did it to ensure Nigeria remained united.
"Fortunately, the military who intervened at that time were all nationalistic. They did not believe in separation. All they had to do was to make sure the various regions remain one, not divided.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported earlier that IBB said he is afraid to write a tell-all book about his life because he is particularly scared of court cases that would follow his revelations.
IBB ruled Nigeria from 1985 to 1993 as a military president, as he called it, and made history for annulling the June 12, 1993 election that was adjudged freest and fairest contest in Nigeria's political history.
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