A former head of state in the country, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, IBB, has in a statement released implored the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, to dump his re-election campaign and thoughts and in turn allow new generation leaders rule the country.
The former leader whose statement comes hot on the heels of the 18 page long letter sent by a former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, also advising Buhari to dump his second term agenda further added that Buhari belongs to the league of the old generation leaders.
IBB, speaking through his media aide, Prince Kassim Afegbua, in a statement released on Sunday, also lamented on the shedding of blood across the country by the Fulani Herdsmen. He described the incessant bloodshet as a thing of irony that the country that himself and other Nigerians fought to keep together had been thrown into shambles in Buhari’s first administration.
The statement added: “In the fullness of our present realities, we need to cooperate with President Muhammadu Buhari to complete his term of office on May 29th, 2019 and collectively prepare the way for new generation leaders to assume the mantle of leadership of the country.
“While offering this advice, I speak as a stakeholder, former president, concerned Nigerian and a patriot who desires to see new paradigms in our shared commitment to get this country running.
“While saying this also, I do not intend to deny President Buhari his inalienable right to vote and be voted for, but there comes a time in the life of a nation, when personal ambition should not override national interest.”
He further added: “In 2019 and beyond, we should come to a national consensus that we need new breed leadership with requisite capacity to manage our diversities and jump-start a process of launching the country on the super highway of technology-driven leadership in line with the dynamics of modern governance.
It is short of saying enough of this analogue system. Let’s give way for digital leadership orientation with all the trappings of consultative, constructive, communicative, interactive and utility-driven approach where everyone has a role to play in the process of enthroning accountability and transparency in governance.”