Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB), a former military president, expressed regret for the Nigerian Civil War, popularly known as the Biafran War, recognizing it as an unpleasant experience that was necessary to maintain the nation’s unity. CONTINUE FULL READING>>>>>
According to the Vanguard newspaper, on Saturday morning, Babangida expressed these views live on ‘Search FM,’ which is hosted by the Federal University of Technology, FUT, Minna campus radio.
Reflecting on his military career, IBB explained the deliberate government policy that led him and others from the North to join the military, shaping their early years.
Addressing the Nigerian civil war, Babangida described it as a deeply unsettling experience, where friends and comrades became opponents. He stated, “It’s not a very nice experience, I must say. First of all, you had people you went to school with, people you trained with, people who were your friends, suddenly, as a result of the war, you find yourselves facing each other on opposite sides. It is not very comfortable but then we had to do it. The purpose was to unite the country to keep it as one not to break it. So that’s the uniquely sad aspect of a civil war and I pray it never happens again.”
Discussing his leadership style, which garnered both praise and criticism, IBB emphasized the multifaceted nature of leadership, involving understanding and compassion. He acknowledged the varied approaches required, combining ruthlessness and negotiation to achieve goals.
Speaking on his legacy, Babangida expressed a desire to be remembered for serving the country to the best of his ability, fostering a good relationship with its people, and gaining a deep understanding of the nation through extensive travel and friendships.
IBB led the country as a Military President from 1985 to 1993. He, thereafter, “stepped aside” after the debacle of the 1993 presidential election. CONTINUE FULL READING>>>>>