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I Will Back Igbo Presidency In 2019, Says Babangida



Former Military President, Ibrahim Babangida, has said that he would support Igbo president in 2019. He, however, condemned Biafra
agitation, describing it as a distraction the nation doesn’t need at this state of her life.

The former military ruler, who disclosed this in Minna in an interview with some journalists, said: “We do not need this distraction now…”
but added that, “I will vote for an Igbo president in 2019, if I find one.”

On his present relationship with President Muhammadu Buhari, who had accused him of staging the 1985 coup to save General Aliyu Gusau and himself, said all is well between him and President Buhari.

Babangida told a story of their 2006 encounter arranged by former Abia governor, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, as proof that there is no love lost
between them; adding, “One thing you guys in the media want is for us to be exchanging words with each other each time we see.”

He also spoke on June 12 and how he received the news of the death of the winner of the election, Chief MKO Abiola, saying, he “was
shocked,” but without regret.

“Do you believe he (Abiola) died of natural causes?” I should know? I didn’t serve the tea…”

He also 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.

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