IBRAHIM Babangida, former military president, says he is ready to vote for an Igbo president in 2019.
In a chat with The Interview, a magazine focused on leading professionals and politicians, IBB, as he is fondly called, described the agitation for Biafra republic as a distraction.
“We do not need this distraction now,” he was quoted as saying, adding that, “I will vote for an Igbo president in 2019, if I find one.”
According to Azu Ishiekwene, managing director of The Interview, the retired general also spoke on his relationship With President MuhammaduBuhari, Vasta Mamman, IBB’s childhood friend who was
executed on his orders, and Sani Abacha, former military ruler.
Ishiekwene said the magazine, will be out next week.
Babangida was also said to have revealed how Orji Uzor Kalu, former governor of Abia state, arranged a meeting between him and Buhari in 2006.
“One thing you guys in the media want is for us to be exchanging words with each other each time we see,” he reportedly said.
Ishiekwene added that “Babangida spoke on the two ‘most traumatic’ coups during his eight-year regime – the Mamman Vatsa and Gideon Orkar coups – revealing, for the first time, a meeting he had with Vatsa before his trial began.
“The interview also covered Dele Giwa and the C130 Hercules plane crash in Ejigbo, which left 150 military officers dead.”
A statement issued by Ishiekwene, revealed that Femi Falana, notable human rights lawyer, also spoke with The Interview.
“In the same edition, frontline lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, spoke on why he was dropped from the ministerial list, while the new President of Mauritius, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, gave African leaders some homework to do,” the statement read.
Culled from Saving Grace Reporters