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IBB Flays Buhari, Says Corruption Under His Govt Worse Than When He Was In Power

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…Rules Out Atiku, Tinubu From 2023 Race

…There Would Have Been Coup If June 12 Election Wasn’t Annulled -He Insists

Former Military President Ibrahim Babaginda says he fought corruption better than President Muhammadu Buhari.

Babaginda stated this in an interview granted to ARISE TV on Friday.

He said people who worked under him are saints compared to those currently in power.

The military leader said while he moved against a former military governor who embezzled N313,000, those who stole billions are currently walking freely.

“With the current cases of corruption going on across the country, the military leaders are saints when compared to the democratic leaders.”

“You cannot compare what we did with what is on the ground now in terms of corruption. Corruption is more now. We are saints when compared to what is happening in the democratic era.

“When I was in leadership, I sacked a governor for misappropriating less than N313,000 but today, billions are being stolen and misappropriated, a lot of them are in court but still parade themselves in the streets. So tell me, who else is better at fighting corruption?”

IBB also said he has a very good relationship with Buhari, blaming the seeming rift between them on the media.

In the same vein, Babaginda has ruled out the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar from 2023 presidential race.

Although Tinubu and Atiku have not publicly declared their interest in the 2023 race, there are strong indications that both men are interested in the race.

Atiku lost the 2019 presidential election to Buhari but he has not shown publicly that he is no longer interested.

On his part, Tinubu’s body language has been hinting at the presidency while his foot soldiers have been going round the country to market him.

He strongly believes Nigeria’s next president should be in his 60s.

He said he has at least three persons in mind.

Atiku, who is 75, will be 77 in 2023, while Tinubu, who marked his 68th birthday in March, would have turned 70 years by the next election.

He said, “I have started visualising a good Nigerian leader. That is, a person, who travels across the country and has a friend virtually everywhere he travels to and he knows at least one person that he can communicate with.

“That is a person, who is very verse in economics and is also a good politician, who should be able to talk to Nigerians and so on. I have seen one, or two or three of such persons already in his sixties.”

Meanwhile, Babangida has again reminisced on the annulment of the June 12 1993 Presidential Election, saying there would have been a bloody coup if that election had not been annulled.

The election was between Bashir Tofa of the National Republican Convention (NRC) and MKO Abiola of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

Although Abiola was leading, according to the result of the election which trickled in, the exercise was cancelled before an official pronouncement was made.

This had triggered a crisis as many took to the streets in protest.

The June 12 presidential election was adjudged the freest and fairest in Nigeria’s history.

The acclaimed winner of the election was honoured by President Muhammadu Buhari who also declared June 12 as Democracy Day.

Asked to comment on the annulment of the election, IBB said, “You want me to be honest with you? If it materialised, there would have been a coup d’etat which would have been violent, that’s all I can confirm.”


“That could have given room for more instability in the country,” he said, adding that the pressure was both from the military and outside.

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Breaking: Tinubu Returns To Nigeria From UK

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Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu returned to the country Thursday from the United Kingdom.

Tinubu, who left the country on September 24, returned on Thursday.

The last time he was seen attending a public event physically was on September 22, when he met with members of the Pentecostal bishops’ forum in Abuja

Details later…

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Tinubu Reading January Newspaper In October, This Photo Is A Disappointment – Omokri

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Nigerian socio-political activist, Reno Omokri, has taken to the microblogging platform, Twitter, to mock the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congres (APC), Bola Tinubu, over a viral photo showing him reading a January 2022 newspaper in October 2022.

Recall that Tinubu had posted a photo of himself earlier on the bird app reading a newspaper.

Tinubu’s photo which is perceived to be an attempt by the presidential hopeful to dispel rumours about his health status has since generated a barrage of reactions on social media.

Joining the host of others in making a mockery of the presidential candidate, Omokri on Thursday afternoon wrote: “This story was published on January 23, 2022. First an old video of your riding an exercise bike. Now, an old photo of your reading ab outdated newspaper? Bola, you should definitely fire the propagandist handling your Twitter account.”

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2023: No State Or Community Will Be Left Behind If I’m Elected President, Peter Obi Assures Nigerians

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Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, has promised that no state or community will be left behind in moving Nigeria forward.

He noted that if elected, his administration will tweak the security architecture, which will entail reform of security and governance. “We will restructure, re-equip and reorient the Nigerian Police: This will include 3 levels of policing- federal, state, and community,” he said.

Peter Obi disclosed this in his speech at Harvard University.

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Obi said he will ensure that in moving Nigeria forward, no state or community will be left behind. Pursuant to its statutory responsibility to protect, our government will promote equity in power and resource sharing.

“The federating units will enjoy discernible autonomy. Resources will also be shared equitably. A higher derivation paid to oil or solid minerals-producing states will not be tantamount to other states not receiving federal allocations that should keep them viable.

“We will tweak the security architecture, which will entail reform of the security sector and governance. We will restructure, re-equip and reorient the Nigerian Police: This will include 3 levels of policing- federal, state, and community.

“We will build a compact, robust and ready mobile police force with rapid response deployment capabilities; and legislate the establishment of state police based on community policing. We will raise the population-to-police officer ratio to a higher level” he added.

On Nigeria’s role in Africa and insecurity, he added that we must think seriously about a leadership that is imbued with competence, capacity, credibility, and commitment. Accordingly, we will pursue intangible assets of good governance, rule of law, and the security of lives and properties.

He added his administration will ensure that they have these assets in place and stress asset optimization.

“We will strike a strategic balance that allows us to promote and protect national interest while meeting our ECOWAS obligations.

“We will rebuild Nigeria’s military power, promote economic growth, and enhance its technological prowess with a view to improving Nigeria’s diplomatic influence in sub-regional, regional and global affairs.

He added that restoring leadership will require that we reassert proactively, Nigeria’s leadership role in African affairs through constructive engagement, peacekeeping duties, and using existing sub-regional and regional forums as well as bilateral platforms for dialogue on current and emerging challenges. We will continue to enhance our sphere of influence via peacekeeping, and trade and investment initiatives.

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