Former Military Leader, Babangida Preaches Unity In New Year Message

Nigeria Needs A Viable Opposition, Says Babangida
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Former military president, Ibrahim Babangida has called on Nigerians to be united, in a New Year message to citizens.

Babangida stated this in a statement he personally signed on Monday.

“As Nigerians, our unique strengths and characters to overcome our challenges collectively have never been in doubt, what we need now more than ever is to galvanize these unique qualities for the good of all as permissible under a democratic setup,” he said.

While congratulating Nigerians for making it to the New Year, the former President appealed to Nigerians to use the year in renewing their commitment to the collective growth, prosperity, and development of the country.

This, he said could be achieved by contributing more to nation-building and shun any form of negative tendencies.

Although he admitted the security and economic challenges faced by Nigerians, he, however, stated that diversity of the country remains its strength.

He added, “I have the hope that the nation we so sacrifice to keep going and to this age can only be better notwithstanding various security and economic challenges that have become a world order; confronting every country of the world in different magnitude and in a different way.”

Babangida further appealed to both citizens and leaders at all levels to build on the legacies of the past leaders.

Ex-Military President Ibrahim Babangida Returns From Medical Vacation

Ex-Military President Ibrahim Babangida (IBB) Returns From Medical VacationFormer Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB), has returned to Nigeria after a 7-week medical vacation in Switzerland.

He arrived Minna International Airport on Saturday evening at 6.45PM.

Alighting from the aircraft, he expressed gratitude for prayers and goodwill messages from different quarters during his vacation.

He said: “I am feeling stronger and better now. I must thank Nigerians immensely for the prayers and concerns over my health.

“I must use this opportunity to also call on Nigerians to continue to pray for the leaders and the country to move forward in positive direction.

“We should remain united and work collectively towards the progress of our nation by thinking positively about the leaders and providing constructive criticisms and solutions to any challenge we may face.”

On the situation in the country, IBB said that the current economic recession is not peculiar to Nigeria.

“I am aware that other countries face different political, social and economic challenges. I believe the current government is working assiduously towards addressing some of the issues.

“We need to support all arms and tiers of government in their efforts to ensure economic recovery and political stability,” he concluded

General Babangida left the country for medical vacation in the Europe on December 18, 2016.

General Abubakar Commends Obiano For Anambra Security

General Abdusalami Abubakar, Anambra, Willie ObianoFormer Head of State, General Abdusalami Abubakar (rtd), has commended the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, for his commitment to the peace and security of the state.

General Abuabakar made the commendation on Friday during a courtesy visit on the Governor at the Governor’s Lodge in Amawbia in southeast Nigeria.

He observed that Anambra State, under the present administration had been rapidly transformed in terms of infrastructural development and security.

The former military President lauded the security agencies for their contribution in maintaining peace and order.

He also urged the citizens of the state to support Governor Obiano’s initiatives and rest assured of continued benefits.

The Governor, in his response expressed joy at the visit, describing his guest as a great man.

General Abuabakar was accompanied by former Governor of old Kaduna State, Abba Musa and former Governor of Enugu State, Okwesilieze Nwodo among others.

IBB Commends Unity Between Niger State Assembly, Executive

IBBFormer Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida, has applauded the cordial relationship that exists between the legislature and executive in Niger State, saying that this would help deliver dividends of democracy to the people.

IBB said this on Tuesday when members of the Niger State House of Assembly, led by the Speaker, Hon Ahmed Marafa, visited him in his hilltop mansion in Minna to welcome him back home after undergoing medical treatment in Germany.

The statesman appreciated the visit and further appreciated the various efforts of the members in their constituencies, urging them to sustain the tempo to the benefit of humanity.

In his remark, Hon Marafa said that they had received the negative social media report of his death with dismay but expressed excitement over his safe return to the country and his family.

While he admitted that death is inevitable, the Speaker expressed gratitude to God for guiding the former President back home.

He urged him to be relentless in using his wisdom to guide, support and advise the state’s leaders.

A special prayer for good health was offered for the statesman in his home.

Oshiomhole Debunks Claims On APC Islamic Agenda

oshiomholeThe Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has debunked claims that General Mohammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) are running an Islamic agenda.

Governor Oshiomhole debunked the claims while receiving a former Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate in the last Local Government Council polls in Edegbe Ugbogboh.

Mr Ugbogboh had defected to the APC.

Governor Oshiomhole said: “if General Buhari did not prosecute the Islamic agenda while he was the Military President, then the argument has no basis”.

Governor Oshiomhole assured the new party members and the people of Ikpoba Okha of the government’s commitment to developing the state.

IBB Optimistic Of Rescheduled Election Date

electionA former Military President of Nigeria, General Ibrahim Babangida, popularly known as IBB, is optimistic that the general elections will hold at the rescheduled date of March 28 and April 11.

The former Military President made the statement at a meeting with members of the Arewa Community for Change at his residence in Minna, the Niger State capital.

The former President also appealed to all Nigerians to support the Military in its efforts to tackle the Boko Haram.

IBB noted that the insurgency should not be seen as a North East Problem but a challenge to the whole Nation.

The Independent National Electoral commission (INEC) on the other hand, had assured Nigerians that the elections would hold as scheduled saying that the reason for the shift in election dates was for security reasons.

There have been controversial issues concerning the postponement of the general election.

The Federal Government had blamed the postponement of the lection on the chances that some Nigerians who have not collected their Permanent Voter Cards may be disenfranchised it the election was not postponed.

As at February 7, only 66 per cent of PVCs of the registered 68.8 million voters had been distributed, according to the report of the INEC’s chairman, professor Attahiru Jega.

Giving his comments on the postponement of the elections,  a former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, accused President Goodluck Jonathan of pushing for the postponement as a plan to ensure he would win  the election.

There have been several other comments about the post been reactions concerning the postponement of elections, with several bodies urging the public not to consent to any further attempt to postpone the election.

 

Babangida Solicits Support For Jonathan

Ibrahim-BabangidaFormer Nigerian Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida, has said that anyone who means well for Nigeria should support President Goodluck Jonathan to make Nigeria survive as a united nation.

General Babangida was speaking in his country home in Minna, Niger State, when President Goodluck Jonathan paid him a visit in the spirit of the season.

President Goodluck Jonathan had identified General Babangida as a national leader whose counsel is very much needed at the end of the year such as this, especially bearing in mind the insecurity in the land.

According to the President, the country is passing through some challenges and the experience of the former military Head of State would be needed if some of these challenges must be adequately tackled.

 

Boko Haram: IBB Supports Nigerian Government’s ‘No Negotiation’ Stance

Ibrahim-BabangidaNigeria’s former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida, has thrown his weight behind the Federal Government decision not to negotiate with the Boko Haram sect.

The General made his view known in an interactive session with journalist at his Up-hill residence in Minna, the capital of Niger State.

He appealed to Nigerians not to politicise the captivity of the over 200 Chibok girls but rather support the Federal Government in its fight against the rising insurgency across the country.

The man fondly called IBB, started by saying that the insurgency in some parts of the country would soon pass away, describing it a feature of all developing countries.

The General noted that every administration in the country had always faced a particular challenge and the present administration was no exception.

IBB also gave an insight into why a full military action was not the best option for the rescue of the Chibok girls if the nation wants to get them alive.

The former Nigeria leader, who turns 73 years old on Saturday, August 16, expressed confidence that the country would not disintegrate despite the myriad of problems facing it.

 

U.S. Seizes Over $458 Million Abacha Loot, Largest by Foreign Dictator

Nigeria’s military Head of State between November 17, 1993 and June 8, 1998, Sani Abacha
Nigeria’s military Head of State between November 17, 1993 and June 8, 1998, Sani Abacha

The United States has frozen more than $458 million that former Nigerian leader Sani Abacha and his conspirators obtained through corruption and hid in bank accounts around the world, the U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday.

About $313 million was restrained in bank accounts in the Bailiwick of Jersey and $145 million was restrained in bank accounts in France, the department said in a statement.

The department said it was pursuing additional holdings in the United Kingdom with an expected value of at least $100 million, but that the exact amount would be determined later.

Abacha died in 1998 at age 54. Nigeria has for years been fighting to recover his money, but companies linked to the Abacha family have gone to court to prevent repatriation.

The former military dictator looted between $3 billion and $5 billion of public money during his five years ruling Africa’s top oil producer from 1993 to 1998, according to Transparency International.

In November, the U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit seeking the recovery of money that had been identified in overseas bank accounts. A judge in Washington, D.C., unsealed the lawsuit on Wednesday.

Named with Abacha as conspirators in the suit were his son Mohammed Sani Abacha and Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, whom the suit called their associate.

They laundered money through the purchase of bonds backed by the United States using U.S. financial institutions, according to prosecutors.

Last month, U.S. arrest warrants for the assets were enforced in France as well as in the Bailiwick of Jersey off the coast of Normandy, through mutual legal assistance requests and in the United Kingdom through litigation, the Justice Department said.

The assets were held in banks including Deutsche Bank AG, HSBC Holdings PLC and Banque SBA, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit also seeks the forfeiture of five corporate entities registered in the British Virgin Islands.