A former military Head of State in Nigeria, General Ibrahim Babangida (IBB), who had showed his support for Atiku Abubakar prior to the commencement of the election, has some good words about President Muhammadu Buhari and his election victory.

It was a congratulatory message to the President and the former leader highlighted his observation in the campaigns and the election that followed.

A statement personally signed by IBB read: “I have observed that, the electioneering campaign was very strenuous and the contest very keen.

“That despite the turbulent terrain of politics, the President submitted and subjected himself to this process. Indeed, (it) is a clear testimony that he believes in the democratic process and ideals”.

On the entire election process, General Babangida decried the level of violence that was witnessed in different states and the loss of lives.

He then praised the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, for his perseverance and commitment to peace.

“I was particularly impressed with the gallant and audacious spirit of the main challenger in the presidential race, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar GCON, he said.

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On the way forward, the former military leader stressed the need for President Buhari to pay attention on the economy, create jobs and also ensure the security of lives and property. 

“There is the need to be more creative in formulating policies that will improve the nation’s economy, create employment opportunities and give hope to our teaming youths.”

“The President may wish to heed to the yearnings of reasonable Nigerians for restructuring and seek all constitutional means to devolve some powers presently exercised by the Federal Government to the other tiers of government,” Babangida stressed.

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