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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Aluko Greets IBB At 80, Says He's Detribalised Leader

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Publisher of the Third Eye newspaper, Chief Akanni Aluko,  has  eulogized former Military President, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, at 80,  describing him as a detribalized leader and builder of modern Nigeria.

Babangida, Nigeria`s former military president from Aug. 27, 1985 until he stepped aside in August 1993, is marking his 80th birthday with series of activities, including the IBB Legacy Dialogue organised to celebrate him on the occasion of his 80th birthday.

In his Birthday Goodwill message,  Chief Akanni Aluko, a close associate of IBB, said it was a privilege for him to have met the Minna born Army General through the former Director of Protocol, Federal Capital Territory ( FCT) , Mr Peter Aliyu and former Secretary to the Federal Government ( SGF), Alhaji Aliyu Mohammed.

The publisher noted that IBB “is a man very dear to his heart.”

Chief Aluko, a business mogul, in a statement personally signed and made available to journalists in Ibadan on Monday, eulogised the virtues of IBB, for his immense contributions to the economic and political development of Nigeria.

He said: ”IBB is now in the same group of Nigerian legends , with the likes of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe, and Sir. Ahmadu Bello were. “

 Chief Aluko said Babangida’s landmark achievements in the country would remained ever green in the anal of history.

” I thank God for his life, and for keeping him alive to witness this moment . He has a clear thought of what and where Nigeria should be in the comity of nations. And as President, he worked very hard to achieve greatness and understanding of various ethnic groups . And he was able to identity different individuals with talents all over Nigeria .

 ”Nigerians will continue to celebrate Babangida for positively impacting lives . Babangida brought consultative process even in the military while in government and came up with laudable policies and programmes to enhance the lives of Nigerians,” Chief Aluko said.

The Philanthropist urged the  present crop of political leaders to emulate Babangida`s intellectual and leadership style as well as his detribalised nature.

He recalled some of the landmark achievements of IBB, saying "without been bias, Nigerians owe Gen. Babangida eternal gratitude  at the very least those states (he created) can never forget IBB and they must always remember him by celebrating every year he lives.”

He listed the states  to include  Katsina, Akwa-Ibom, created on September 23, 1987, and Abia, Delta, Enugu, Jigawa, Kebbi, Osun, Kogi, Taraba and Yobe, all of which were created on August 27,1991.
He prayed to God Almighty to continue to grant  the celebrant  more years in sound mind and good health.

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