Former Military President, Ibrahim Gbadamosi Babangida has envisaged that the next Nigeria’s President should be in his 60’s.
Babangida stated this during an interview with Arise Television in his home in Minna. According to him, “Nigeria’s next President should be in his 60’s”.
IBB said he had already envisaged about three-four people who might be qualified and, with the right qualities, to lead the country come 2023.
Babangida who was confident that the nation is endowed with both human and natural resources hinted at a few individuals, whom he said were in their 60s, who have the capacity to become president and could effectively run the country.
He accused the Nigerian people of creating and at the same time, destroying their own country while also identifying bad leadership as yet a major reason for the socio-economic challenges facing Nigeria.
Talking about the presidential hopefuls he had in mind, IBB said they were persons in their 6os with contacts across the nation and who had been traversing the geo-political zones marketing their acceptability and capacity.
“I have started visualising a good Nigerian leader. That is, a person, who travels across the country and has a friend virtually everywhere he travels to and he knows at least one person that he can communicate with.
“That is a person, who is very versed in economics and is also a good politician, who should be able to talk to Nigerians and so on. I have seen one, or two or three of such persons already in his 60’s.”
Asked if the person could emerge victorious in the 2023 presidential election, the former military leader said “I believe so if we can get him.
Asked to make the comparison between his government at that time which was accused of been the most corrupt regime and now, the former military president said, comparing the level of corruption then and now, he would rate his tenure as “Saints.
IBB served as Head of State between 1985 and 1993. Born in Niger State, he received military training in Nigeria, India, Great Britain, and the United States.