Skillful Politician – Ibrahim Babangida hails Tinubu, makes fresh demand

Former Nigerian Head of State, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida has sent a message to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. He urged him to become a president for all Nigerians as he takes over the mantle of leadership of the country. Babangida, who described Tinubu as a skilful politician, also urged him to reorganize the Nigerian armed forces and galvanize Nigeria’s economic heavyweights. Speaking on Arise Television yesterday, Babangida urged Nigerians to be patient with the new administration under Tinubu. He stressed that Tinubu needs all the skills to be able to unite Nigeria, expressing the view that the country has some of the best brains that he can tap from to revamp every sector, including the military. Babangida said, “Tinubu is a very skilful politician who needs to apply his skills to unite a very polarized nation.“He must galvanize Nigeria’s economic heavyweights, home and abroad, to address the economy of the nation and reposition the armed forces.“As Commander-in-Chief, he needs to take a good look at the armed forces to reorient them, retrain them and reorganize them because the armed forces have undergone a lot of processes that need to be put together and make them more efficient.“I wish the new administration well. Let them put Nigeria first, and the welfare of Nigerians should be paramount. Leadership at all levels is missing.“The only advice is to be patient and continue to support the new government, but if they see things going wrong, they should cry out as usual, but be objective about it.” Tinubu was sworn in as Nigeria’s president by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Olukayode Ariwoola, on Monday morning.