Former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida (IBB) has expressed his support for the 2023 presidential ambition of former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.
“We need a leader that can utilize our rich diversities to our advantage. We have abused our diversity and are not able to use it well to our advantage. I believe that the young Saraki has the capacity to bring back this glory to our nation. He has my prayers, he has my absolute support,” Babangida said.
General Babangida was responding to a request from a delegation of the Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS), National Campaign Advocacy Council led by its Chairman, Prof Hagher Iorwuese, and Director-General, Chief Osaro Onaiwu who were at the Minna Hilltop residence of the former military strongman to seek support for Saraki.
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We report that Saraki had last Wednesday, declared his intention to run for president in 2023 under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
IBB expressed the belief that Saraki has the capacity to unite the country and bring back the rich diversities of different tribes.
Babangida who did not hide his admiration for Saraki did not mince words, but equated Saraki to a Self Propelled (SP) artillery gun, an abbreviation for Senate President, whose credentials and personality speaks for him.
According to him, many aspirants have come and will come here. But a young man of his (Saraki) status who knows the country well should lead the country for maximum results.
“You have zeroed on a good candidate. I call him SP. In the artillery, we have a Self Propelled gun called SP with strategic responsibility and functions. That is who he is,” he said.
Babangida commended Saraki’s patriotic efforts as president of the 8th senate saying, “It was Saraki’s efforts that saved the nation from an imminent crisis that ensued. Remember if he was not able to nip the crisis, only God knows what would have happened. It was his intelligence at play that saved the nation. He is the best for Nigeria.
“But a lot of work must be done to convince colleagues and Nigerians to this. You have identified the right person for the leadership of this country. We need a leader that can utilize our rich diversities to our advantage.
“We have abused our diversity and are not able to use it well to our advantage. I believe that the young Saraki has the capacity to bring back this glory to our nation. He has my prayers, he has my absolute support.”
The leader of the large delegation, Prof Hagher had asked for IBB’s blessings and support for Saraki, who is within the youthful age canvassed by IBB himself for the leadership of Nigeria.
Hagher said, “Your Excellency Sir, we are here to present to you your son, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki. The country has not fared well under the present system and if nothing is done, the situation will be worst.
“We remember how you provided concrete leadership for this country. We recall with a great sense of pride your intelligence, how you were able to assemble the best brains, to build a strategic network of contacts, connections, and lasting relationships which are still standing strong today. You don’t forget your friends nor do you forget your relationships built over the years.
“Your son Saraki has your DNA and is following these beautiful footsteps of yours. He has all that it takes to provide the kind of leadership you bestowed on this country.
“He is intelligent, cosmopolitan, patriotic, determined, energetic, and strategic to do the job.”
Making a case for the North Central zone, Hagher added that while the South West, South-South, and North West have produced presidents for Nigeria, and the North East and South East have produced vice presidents, the North Central, full of capable and competent human resources is yet to express its leadership potentials for the country. We respectfully aver that the North should produce the next president, the North Central.
In the delegation were former Governor, Shaaba Lafiagi from Kwara state, former Senators, Solomon Ewuga, Suleiman Adokwe, former national and state assembly members, and critical stakeholders across the country.