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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
OBJ And IBBTeam Up To Help President Jonanthan Rescue Nigeria From Breaking Up
Contrary to insinuations making the round that he had teamed up with former President Obasanjo against President Jonathan, former military strongman, Gen.Ibrahim Babangida, has opened up about the initiative foappease spear headed by Obasanjo and himself. According to the former ruler, it was President Jonathan who called for the intervention of the two former rulers.
It would be recalled that the duo of Obj and IBB had a public spat last year after Babangida criticized Obasanjo’s government as a failure in an interview to celebrate his 70th birthday. The quick witted Obasanjo had responded the next day calling Babangida a “fool at 70″ and a “fool to the grave”. But today all that has changed as they have kissed and made up.
Babangida spoke a day after he and former President Olusegun Obasanjo issued a joint statement decrying the deteriorating security situation in Nigeria and urged the government to utilise the “ample opportunities” available to dialogue with the insurgents.
He told a reporter yesterday that the government had called upon people like him who had once ruled this country to come together toward charting a course for lasting peace.
“The president has called on us who were once head of government to come together toward working out modalities for lasting peace in the country,” he said.
He said the invitation by the government informed his first meeting with former president Olusegun Obasanjo in Abuja last week.
He, however, declined to make further comment on the last meeting and the agenda for subsequent meetings, saying doing so was tantamount to pre-emptying the forum.
“I am confident that in no distance future the present security challenge will be an issue of the past, because the federal government has started taking proactive measures towards the restoration of peace in the country”.
Babangida appealed to Nigerians who have meaningful contribution to make for addressing the present security predicament to come forward and do so.