Former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has described former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (rtd) as a man who made his mark during his tenure as the nation’s military ruler.
He also described Babangida as a good and solid political leader who after leaving office 28 years ago, still remains relevant, adding that till date, anybody willing to contest a very high political office in the country, must go to his Minna Hilltop mansion to consult him.
Jonathan spoke in Abuja at an event tagged the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida Legacy Dialogue 2021, organised by the Ibrahim and Maryam Babangida Library and Museum.
The eveni, which was put together to mark the 80th birthday of IBB, as he is fondly called, had in attendance past leaders of Nigeria and other notable personalities from all walks of life.
They all showered encomiums on him, saying he left his footprints in the sands of time and his legacies remain evergreen.
Jonathan stated that Babangida has lived a very eventful life as a decorated military officer whom he said, was a patriot and a political leader.
“In his military career, he was a key factor in uniting this country. He fought the civil war, he sustained injuries, and injury during wartime depends on the part of your body that you received the bullets. He could have died in the process. From there, he became the Head of State.
“So, you would see clearly that he has paid his dues in terms of the unity of this country, keeping this country together.
“As a military president, one thing about Babangida is that he recruited some of our best brains as members of his cabinet and I have been listening to some of them, some of their comments and we know that as at that time, even now, Babangida’s team were among the best and he did very well,” he said.
He also hailed Babangida for the way he handled the nation’s economy, foreign relations and internal security, passing a verdict that Babangida did very well.
While encomiums are being showered on Babangida, it will be recalled that it was he, who annulled the June 12 presidential election won by the late Moshood Abiola.