Former military leader, Ibrahim Babangida, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to stand down after his first term in 2019.

Babangida expressed dissatisfaction with the performance of the government and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Babangida also asked Nigerians to vote President Buhari out of office if he refuses to step down.

He, however, enjoined Nigerians to co-operate with Buhari until his tenure ends.

This was contained in a press statement released on Sunday by his spokesman, Kassim Afegbua.

Babangida said it was time to sacrifice “personal ambition” for “national interest” and added that he will support a fresh breed of leadership in the 2019 elections.

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He also backed calls for restructuring, especially devolution of powers.

Babangida said Nigeria has taken too long to find the right leadership, and told the President it is time “when personal ambition should not override national interest.”

“In the fullness of our present realities, we need to cooperate with President Muhammadu Buhari to complete his term of office on May 29th, 2019 and collectively prepare the way for new generation leaders to assume the mantle of leadership of the country,” Mr. Babangida, who led Nigeria as an army general between 1985 and 1993, said.

“While offering this advice, I speak as a stakeholder, former president, concerned Nigerian and a patriot who desires to see new paradigms in our shared commitment to get this country running. While saying this also, I do not intend to deny President Buhari his inalienable right to vote and be voted for, but there comes a time in the life of a nation, when personal ambition should not override national interest.”

The public statement comes over a week after former President Olusegun Obasanjo made a similar call, harshly criticising Buhari’s performance.

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