Nigeria safe under Jonathan – IBB
Former military president, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (rtd), has said that Nigeria is in safe hands under the leadership of President Goodluck Jonathan.
Speaking when he received the president yesterday at his residence as part of activities for the PDP presidential campaign in Minna, Niger state, Babangida expressed optimism that Jonathan has the capacity to make the country strong and prosperous.
He said: “Jonathan and I share a common passion, which is Nigeria remains strong, united and indivisible. I wish you well. Nigeria under Jonathan is in safe hands.”
Babangida commended Jonathan for finding time to pay him a visit despite his busy schedule.
“I felt touched when you visited me in Germany after nine hours of surgery and you came again. You have made a very good decision to visit Minna during your presidential campaign because Minna is known for producing presidents, beginning from your namesake President Azikiwe, who was born in Zungeru.
“And since then most of the presidents of Nigeria have one thing or the other; they come here to ask for blessing and I will offer this blessing to you, Mr. President. When we were doing nocturnal activities for the PDP, this house has held meetings.
“My family and I are proud of this. I commend the party for being very strong. I see in PDP a party an organisation devoid of religion.
“You have shown leadership even when others are breaking up. You have remained strong.”
In his remarks, Jonathan said Babangida is a stable PDP member who is always committed to the ideals and aspirations of the party and Nigerians.
Also speaking, the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Ahmed Adamu Mu’azu, said Jonathan and his entourage decided to visit Babangida because “his leadership has motivated and encourage a lot of young Nigerians.”
Mu’azu said: “The work you did has remained unparalleled in Nigeria’s history. Jonathan from a different religion and tribe has found you to be behind him and strengthen him today.
“We are here to pay homage for you to give us encouragement; pray for us to attain where we want to be, being one of the founding fathers of our party, and we in the PDP encouraged us in the party, you have continued to stabilise our country.
“We pray for sound health and God to protect you so that you will continue to avail us of your intelligence.