Former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida, may end up being the beneficiary of the raging political crisis and the seeming rot in governance of Nigeria if the wave of local and international pressures on him to contest the 2011 presidential election is anything to count on.
Rumors have it that some diplomats from the United States and Britain, who were in the country, had met with the former head of state in Minna and Abuja, entreating him to consider featuring in the next presidential election.
If Babangida eventually agrees to the request, he will be doing so on the understanding that he will be representing northern interest in the election amid doubts that President Yar’Adua will be strong enough to withstand the rigors of contesting the next election.
Some of the foreign diplomats were reported to have met Babangida for the first time when they joined sympathizers who trooped to his Hilltop mansion in Minna to condole with him on the death of his wife, Mariam.
The United States, according to findings, was keen on installing a more experienced Nigerian as the next president of the country, as a way of preventing political uncertainty like one currently arising essentially from the incapacitation of President Yar’Adua.
The sudden interest of the international community in IBB for 2011, it was learnt, presupposed that both Britain and US were now prepared to overlook the blunder of the annulment of June 12, 1993 presidential election made by the military government he headed, and upon which he was declared persona non-grata by the western countries.
The interest of the western powers in the next presidential election may, however, not be unconnected with the judgment of failure that both the US and Britain had passed on the present civilian government, even amid political uncertainty in the country.
It is not certain yet whether Babangida had agreed to the arrangement to draft him into the presidential race.
Source: Tribune NG