Babangida Opens Up On Relationship With Abiola

Babangida Opens Up On Relationship With Abiola
Former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd)/File

Former Military Head of State General Ibrahim Babangida has revealed that Kudirat Abiola was still in contact with him even after the annulment of the June 12 1993 election.

Abiola was largely seen as the winner of the election which was later cancelled by Babangida.

However, the former military president has said no one gives him credit for conducting one of the freest elections in the country’s history.

“Nobody has ever sat down to say the two persons are friends, what went wrong? We tried to rationalise why we had to do what we did but nobody is prepared to listen to us,” the elder statesman told Channels.

“I have never seen anybody write anything on this to try to give people a different version altogether. He (Abiola) knew my feeling; I knew his feeling about the country generally because I do talk about Nigeria with the presumed winner of the truly democratically freest election. We even talked about it during the crisis itself.”

On writing an autobiography, he said: “People may not read it because it’s coming from a dictator. Yeah, he cancelled June 12 and that will kill the thing about the book, but I will try.

“I hope one day if God spares my life I will discuss about it (June 12 elections) because I still believe people don’t get what we were trying to put across,” he added.

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