IBB mad at GEJ backroom staff
Former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida (retd) has described as immature and unfair, hate campaigns being carried out by some people sympathetic to President Goodluck Jonathan which maligns the reputation of past military leaders in the country
Babangida specifically condemned a series of campaigns and documentaries aired on a private broadcasting station, which he said “deliberately impugned the integrity of Generals Olusegun Obasanjo, Muhammadu Buhari, my humble self; Ibrahim Babangida, late Sani Abacha, Abdulsalami Abubakar, and T.Y Danjuma impugned”.
The former president in a statement by his media office also said, “I have my very strong reservations about the contents and thematic focus of the said documentary. Apart from promoting hate campaign which clearly undermines the modest contributions of these former presidents, the commentaries in the documentary against the former presidents leave a sour taste in the mouth”.
Accordinmg to him, “It is therefore very curious that promoters of President Goodluck Jonathan’s aspiration would attempt to demonize and stigmatize former military leaders and cast aspersions on them in order to malign their reputation. This is very unfair,” the statement added.
He continued, “For record purposes, and without sounding immodest, the idea of a PDP that has now become the “largest party in Africa” started in my home, here in Minna. With the support of my fellow colleagues, we prepared the way for this democratic process that has now led us to where we are presently. We built the democratic infrastructure and architecture.
“Those who are parading themselves as democrats today, all participated in military governments”.
The former president pointed that involvement of retired military generals in partisan politics was not out of place as democracy was an all-inclusive one.
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