The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the February 2019 polls, Atiku Abubakar has extoled the virtues of former military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida as a great patriot, statesman and iconic visionary leader.
The former Vice president, in a special congratulatory birthday message, emphasised the nation-building roles played by the Minna, Niger State born former President, who turned 78 on Saturday, August 17.
Atiku said; “General Babangida as a young officer fought for the unity and indivisibility of our fatherland. And as head of state, he not only spearhead the physical relocation of the nation’s capital from Lagos to Abuja, but politically too, championed and implemented the ideal of a two-party system which enlisted majority of Nigerians.
“In and out of office, General Babangida carries himself with immense grace, comportment and dignified charisma,” the Waziri of Adamawa said.
Atiku further prayed for good health and long life for IBB in the continued service of our nation.
He said that Nigeria, more than ever before, now needs the collective wisdom of her great leaders, to steer the ship of state away from its current path of abysmal wreck.