Fears raised by people in some quarters over a possible disintegration of Nigeria after the 2015 elections has been allayed by former Military President, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida saying, “Nigeria cannot disintegrate in 2015 as being predicted by some Nigerians and foreign countries.”
Fielding questions from Journalists at his residence in Minna, yesterday, as part of activities marking his 72nd birthday, the former president said the prediction can never come to pass, saying the country will continue to wax stronger and stronger even beyond 2015, and would not break up.
“People say all sorts of things to instill fear in people. If you believe that majority of people in this country also believe in the unity of this country, why do you worry about somebody up there saying it will disintegrate? I know it wouldn’t .The press should not also give such utterances prominence,” Babangida said.
Babangida who condemned the scary things foreign press write about Nigeria described the country as one of the most amazing countries in the world, pointing out that on would be surprised to see people going about their normal businesses happily after listening to people speak about the country abroad.
“One of the most amazing countries in the world is Nigeria. If you live outside it and you read and hear about it, you’d think the world is coming to an end only to come back and find people happy, laughing and attending football matches. That’s Nigeria for you,” the former President remarked.
Those predicting Nigeria’s disintegration, the former president described as prophets of doom. He therefore called on all Nigerians to see themselves as leaders in their own rights and therefore work towards what will hold the country together and not what will divide it.
Asked whether he has changed his mind on never vying for political office again, the former military president said, “I have told you in this hall before that I won’t seek any political office again. So, there is no political ambition again but I will continue to contribute towards stabilizing the country.”
Speaking about life at 72, Gen. Babangida said, “I feel old but still in very high spirit because God has been kind to me. I enjoy robust health at 72 and the spirit is just there though not like spirit of younger people like you.”