Former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida (rtrd), has urged Nigerians to ensure that only the younger generations were voted to power in the country. This is coming after his February statement where he urged President Muhammadu Buhari to step aside in the forthcoming elections.
This also came on a day former Military President threw his weight behind the newly formed Northern Elders Forum, led by Alhaji Tanko Yakasai.
Babangida received a delegation of YES Nigeria Movement, led by its convener, Ali Soyode, at his country home, Minna, Niger State,
He charged the delegation of the movement to seize the opportunity offered by the forthcoming 2019 elections to serve their fatherland at their youth.
The former military president, who, had in his statement in February asked President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek re-election in 2019, urged him to complete his first term and allow a new generation of leaders to take control of the mantle of leadership of the country.
He had said: “In the fullness of our present realities, we need to cooperate with President Muhammadu Buhari to complete his term of office on May 29, 2019, and collectively prepare the way for new generation leaders to assume the mantle of leadership of the country.”
The statement came on the heels of a similar statement issued by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, advising Buhari against re-contesting for the presidency in 2019.
The former military leader, however, reiterated the need for the electorate to get their voting documentations in order to play their role in the governance of the country, just as he pledged to work with the movement in achieving its goals.
“I want to commend the leadership of the movement for the great works it has achieved, especially in the areas of educating the electorate on their democratic and political rights and also supporting existing parties in identifying potential candidates for elective offices,” Babangida said.
Convener of the movement, Soyode, in his remarks said the aim of establishing the movement was borne out of his desire to see a better political and democratic system educating the electorate of their power to elect, call to accountability of the elected and having right people in government through the exercise of their votes.
Soyode reiterated that the country was due for younger generations to lead and have the elders as the advisors.
Babangida also threw his weight behind the newly formed Northern Elders group, led by Alhaji Tanko Yakasai.
He said he would continue to support any group with a template that will ensure the unity and stability of the country while receiving the new body at his Hill Top residence in Minna yesterday.
The former military president urged the new body to cut across all political parties, saying politicians knew what they needed and should be well educated in the agenda of the new body.
He said: “Anything within the context of one Nigeria is noble and I will support and bless what you are doing but you should be fair in your dealings with Nigerians.
Speaking earlier, Chairman of the NLSA, Tanko Yakasai, said the Assembly’s mission was aimed at promoting the cultural and political unity among all northerners.
He said: “This Assembly is political but non-partisan. It is political in the sense that the doors are opened to all northerners, irrespective of their ethnicity, differences of religious and political belief or sectional background.”