Former Nigeria’s Military President, Gen. Ibrahim Babaginda (Rtd), has revealed the calibre of people that can plan coup d’etats even as he also condemned the creation of ‘Operation Amotekun’ by the State Governors in South West saying that the move was needless.
He expressed concerns over how the governors would found the scheme amidst several financial challenges the nation adding that, “There is need to go extra miles to fund the scheme for survival adding that it will amount to duplication of responsibilities security architectures.
“We have the police, the military, NSCDC among others and now that this is coming up, I wonder how they will fund. But if they can make adequate provision for it in the budget, i think there won’t be problem.”
The former military president who spoke during a personality interview on Channels TV also disclosed that the era of coup d’états has fast left Nigeria.
He added that only a stupid soldier can think of such a move now. Channels TV reports that IBB said a lot has been done to get the ideology of coups out of soldiers’ heads because it is no longer acceptable globally and regionally.
“My generation would use everything possible to make sure that the country remains united. I can tell you now that only a stupid soldier will think of a coup d’état because this is outside their head, it is no longer in their psyche, it is no longer acceptable in Africa and in the world generally, so he is intelligent enough to know that if he stages a coup, the country will be ostracized in the world community of nations, there can be an uprising in your own country, so it’s no longer fashionable.”
“My generation is committed and they will use everything possible; apply logic, advice, talks just to make sure that the country remains united. You cannot convince me that this country should break; I wouldn’t talk to you for a long time because I know people died trying to keep the country one, so my generation will insist this country remains one.
“There are 200 million people in this country and there are some people in my generation and the one after mine, who will always believe in this country and those generations, will move this country towards the required objective,”
He emphasized that his generation saw the unity of the country as an article of faith among and they don’t plan to see the country go through another civil war, “Nobody will like to see this country disintegrated because we will be unfair to those who put their lives on the line and died for the purpose of keeping the country one.”
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