Former military ruler Ibrahim Babangida advises Nigerians to pray to God for guidance in the nation’s political endeavors.
This was said by Babangida on Tuesday while he was interacting with journalists in Minna, the capital of Niger, as part of celebrations for his birthday.
On August 17, 2022, the former head of state will become 81 years old.
In his address, he also asked Nigerians to hold onto their confidence in the nation’s unity and their unwavering belief that things will improve.
“I plead with us to be patient with one another and be prayerful for God’s intervention in our socio-economic and political activities,” he said.
“We need to continue to sensitise people on how to live in peace and harmony for peace, progress and for the continuous existence as a nation.”
He also advised the media to support efforts to promote the country’s unity.
“You should put in more deliberate efforts to change the Nigerian narrative. If the media and journalists ignore the spreaders of hate, they will not have a platform to pass their messages across,” NAN quoted him as saying.
“You are doing enough to promote the unity of the country. You can change the psyche of Nigerians.
“I implore you to ignore those that preach hate and disunity. Ignore them and don’t bother about them. You can only do this through objective reportage and I like the debate that is ongoing in the media.
“It is giving the people the insight that they need to see. What the media is doing now is very good.”