remarked that the N40 billion naira budgeted for Crude Oil exploration in the Northeast by President Muhammadu Buhari, may not only resulted to efforts in illusion but be seen by an average Nigerian as systematic looting by trick.Former Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida (IBB), has
IBB, who played host to a group, The Coalition of Nigeria Future Leaders, in his Minna country home over the weekend, explained that nothing survives massive destruction in the war front, as far as he knew as a retired general.
He said: “It was least expected of a caliber of President Buhari to have even nurtured such unrealistic idea or embrace such destructive advice from any of his Aides or Ministers.
“President Buhari is a retired general and a trained combatant in whom I never believed such move or plan could survive a day.”
The group was on a courtesy visit to the retired general and one of the nation’s statesmen, to officially notify him of his new appointment as the group grand patron.
In his opening remarks, the leader of the group, Comrade Edison Godwin, appreciated the spirit of statesmanship in General Ibrahim Babangida, as he described his silence in the present APC-led federal government as golden and meaningful.
He said no one can compare the retired general to his colleagues who have retired and yet get involved in dirty politics around the Southwest.
He accused President Buhari of taken such step only to appease the Boko Haram sects, as he lamented that it was unfortunate seeing President Buhari now diplomatically granting amnesty to his people, at the expense of the nation’s economy.
Godwin said: “The type of change the All Progressive Congress (APC) brought to Nigerians was least envisaged.
“That the President could have even stooped so low to have relocated the Military Headquarters to the war front was a terrible change on its arrival.”
He said General Ibrahim Babangida must have realised some weaknesses in the leadership of General Muhammadu Buhari as a Military Head of States before he decided to overthrow him on August 27, 1985, in a successful coup.
“No one needs further explanations as to why Buhari was budgeted such huge amount to be wasted in a danger zone like Northeast. It is a crazy economic decision.
“How could a sound retired warlord who had the experience of what the war front always look like decided to expend billions of naira in such an environ? What for, at this challenging period?
“Was that suppose to be part of the changes we were promised as Nigerian youths? The priority to the N5,000 each earlier promised the unemployed graduates?
“President Buhari should realise what will be at stake if such project goes off in a glint of an eye as a result of the insurgency,” Godwin admonished.
The host, who later enjoined the group to be good ambassadors of the country, told his guests to live up to the meaning of their name, The Coalition of Nigeria Future Leaders.
“I feel honoured with your choice in me as the grand patron to your group. It’s good having people like you around with this type of positive mindset. Definitely, Nigeria shall be great again. Please always see this country as yours and her unity as a must protected. You are the future leaders as you said, and I want you to protect that which you aspire to lead,” IBB advised his guests with his usual gentle smile.
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