President Muhammadu Buhari has despatched birthday greetings to former President Ibrahim Babangida, wishing him a ‘long and healthy life’, as he marks his eightieth birthday.
The president’s congratulatory message was issued by considered one of his spokesmen, Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Monday.
Buhari added that he has pursuits much like that of the previous army dictator.
“President Buhari noted that as former military commanders during the war, both retiring as generals, they have mutual interests, great hopes, and expectations in a strong and united Nigeria,” Shehu mentioned in a press release on Monday.
He expressed hope that privileged Nigerians like Babangida and others like himself would recommit to ongoing efforts to assist the nation to attain extra glory, progress, and prosperity.
Babangida was born on August 17, 1941.
He was Nigeria’s army president between August 1985 and August 1993.
He led the coup of August 1985 to topple Buhari who was then the Head of State from December 31, 1983.
At the time of the coup, Babangida was the Chief of Army Staff.
His administration additionally performed the 1993 presidential election, which the late M.Okay.O Abiola, candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), was mentioned to be profitable till Babangida cancelled it for no apparent motive.
Abiola’s challenger within the election was Bashir Tofa, candidate of the National Republican Convention (NRC).