The presidential flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party in the February 2019 polls, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has extolled the virtues of former military Head of State, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida as a great patriot, statesman and iconic visionary leader.
This was expressed in a statement issued on his behalf by his Media Adviser, Mr Paul Ibe, on Saturday, August 17.
Atiku, in a special congratulatory birthday message, emphasises the nation-building roles played by the Minna, Niger State born former President, who turned 78 on Saturday, August 17.
“General Babangida as a young officer fought for the unity and indivisibility of our fatherland. And as head of state, he not only spearhead the physical relocation of the nation’s capital from Lagos to Abuja, but politically too, championed and implemented the ideal of a two-party system which enlisted majority of Nigerians.
“In and out of office, General Babangida carries himself with immense grace, comportment and dignified charisma,” the Waziri of Adamawa said.
Atiku further prayed for good health and long life for IBB in the continued service of Nigeria.
“Our dear country, more than ever before, now needs the collective wisdom of her great leaders, to steer the ship of state away from its current path of abysmal wreck,” Atiku added.