- Babangida said he trekked from Enugu to Umuahia during Biafra war
- He described it as his toughest job
- The former head of state said being a soldier is tougher than being a president
Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida has revealed that the toughest encounter in his military career was during the Biafra civil war.
The former herd of state gave this revelation during his 75 birthday which was celebrated in Minna, Niger state on Wednesday, August 15.
NAN reports that Babangida said during the Biafra war, he trekked from Enugu to Umuahia and also sustained serious injuries.
“Movement from Enugu to Umuahia was very tough and challenging because you need to be physically fit to be able to undertake that kind of journey on foot.
“We had to go through the jungles and the hills. I think it was my toughest encounter in the army because that was where I got wounded in April 1969.”
He said he joined the army to protect Nigeria and being in the “military means that you must subject yourself to a constituted authority to execute all the tasks assigned to you by the government.”
He noted that being a soldier was tougher than the work of a president and explained that the constitutional role and international treaties made it possible for military personnel to serve anywhere in the world.
He said as a commander, the lives of the people you lead depend on you.
“If they have faith in you they follow you. If you have faith in them you go along with them.
“So, it is more challenging than being a president,”
He said the president had the advantage of interacting and discussing with people on how to solve the country’s problem.
“Being a military officer you are the only one leading your troops hoping on you. If you lead them wrongly you will kill many of them.
“So, I consider the military more challenging than the political job.”