No­body will read my bi­og­ra­phy be­cause of my past – IBB

The Punch - - NEWS - Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja

Aformer mil­i­tary dic­ta­tor, Ibrahim Ba­bangida, says Nige­ri­ans no longer take him se­ri­ously be­cause he an­nulled the June 12, 1993 Pres­i­den­tial elec­tion ad­judged as the most cred­i­ble elec­tion in the his­tory of Nige­ria.

Ba­bangida said this dur­ing a pro­gramme on Chan­nels Tele­vi­sion ti­tled, ‘Roadmap 2019’ on Mon­day.

When asked to ex­plain fur­ther if it was true that peo­ple dis­missed his words be­cause of the an­nul­ment of June 12 elec­tion, he said, “That is right. They say, ‘he can­celled the freest elec­tion in the his­tory but he an­nulled it’ but no­body gives me credit for con­duct­ing the freest elec­tion in the coun­try.”

The for­mer max­i­mum ruler said he was hope­ful that the younger gen­er­a­tion would un­der­stand why he an­nulled the elec­tion.

He added, “We try to ra­tio­nalise why we did what we did but no­body is pre­pared to lis­ten to us. So, it is a mat­ter of time. One day, the younger gen­er­a­tion will say they have heard one side and want to hear the other side of the story.

“Maybe by then we will have a bet­ter so­ci­ety that is pre­pared; that is well-in­formed of what hap­pened within a pe­riod of their ex­is­tence. They will then be able to say this is the true story.”

When asked if he would pub­lish his bi­og­ra­phy soon to tell his story, Ba­bangida said no­body would read it be­cause of his past.

Ba­bangida said no one had ever re­flected the fact that he and the ac­claimed win­ner of the elec­tion, MKO Abi­ola, were friends be­fore and af­ter the an­nul­ment.

When asked if he would pub­lish his bi­og­ra­phy, he said, “I don’t know. Peo­ple may not read it be­cause it is com­ing from a dic­ta­tor. A lot will say ‘he is the one who can­celled June 12 and that will kill ev­ery­thing that I have to talk about.

“I hope that one day God will spare my life so that I can dis­cuss it be­cause I still be­lieve peo­ple don’t get what we were try­ing to do. No­body has ever sat down to say the two per­son­al­i­ties are friends, what went wrong.

“I have never seen any­body write about this to try to give peo­ple an­other ver­sion of things. I knew his feel­ings and he knew my own. We even talked about it dur­ing the cri­sis it­self.”

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