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IBB gave Nigeria solid infrastructure during his regime, says Halilu Akilu

IBB gave Nigeria solid infrastructure during his regime, says Halilu Akilu
August 12
19:39 2021

Halilu Akilu, a retired army general, says Ibrahim Babangida, a former head of state, gave the country solid infrastructural development during his regime.

Akilu, who retired as brigadier-general, served as director of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) during the regime of Babangida.

Babangida served as head of state between 1985 and 1993.

Speaking on Thursday at the ‘IBB Legacy Dialogue’ held in Abuja, Akilu said infrastructural development recorded during Babangida’s regime include the military barracks in Abuja, the national assembly complex, and the state house.

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“IBB laid solid infrastructural development for the nation during his regime. We have that of bringing the federal capital of the country back to Abuja. This was a great decision that only leaders of IBB’s capacity can do,” NAN quoted him as saying.

“The second is the building of military barracks in Abuja, the building of the national assembly complex, the Aso Rock villa (state house), the federal secretariat, as well as economic and social empowerment of Nigerians, especially women, with the establishment of the ‘Better Life for Rural Women’ as MAMSER [Mass Mobilisation for Self Reliance, Social Justice, and Economic Recovery].”

Akilu also commented on the trial of Mamman Vatsa, a major-general and friend to IBB — Vatsa was executed in 1986 during the Babangida regime, over alleged treason.

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Speaking on the trial that led to the execution, Akilu said IBB’s loyalty to his friends and family didn’t conform with the narrative about the role of then head of state.

“When you know general Babangida, you will understand that these narratives did not fit the picture. As the leader then, IBB had to follow the right process of the military trials of any act of treason and there are persons bestowed with that responsibility,” he added.

On his part, Abdulsalami Abubakar, a former head of state, commended Babangida for his “loyalty to Nigeria”.

“Babangida is patient, dedicated and loyal to Nigeria and his friends. He is the most affectionate to family, friends, colleagues as well as subordinates,” he said.

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“This event to mark his 80th birthday by his children shows that a legacy had been laid from the home. We, as parents, are happy that our children have reached the stage to carry on with a legacy of excellence and dedication.”

The ‘IBB Legacy Dialogue’ was held as part of activities to celebrate Babangida’s birthday — the former head of state will clock 80 on August 17.

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