Fani-Kayode Yinka Ayefele
Senate President, Bukola Saraki

Former Nigeria Military Head of State Ibrahim Babangida has said he would back Senate President Bukola Saraki’s 2019 presidential bid.

Saraki is gunning for the post under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which he just recently defected to.

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Babangida said this over the weekend when Saraki visited him in Minna, Niger State, as part of his nationwide campaign tour.

According to him, “It is my turn to do what your father did to me,” adding that “I will rightly observe that you are my son, for coming to pay a courtesy visit.”

He noted: “I remember when I was still in office, I spoke with your father, Oloye Saraki who was always providing advises on a number of things attached to this country.

“He always made himself available to me, to give advises and encouragement which will move the country forward.

“Your visit today is historical, now it is your time and turn to come to me and I will do just that.

“You mentioned three things that are very dear to us as military, and we fought to get them to preserve them.”

This is just as he said: “They are unity of the country, the security of lives and the economic development.

“The security of the people and their well being of the ordinary man are the right objectives for campaign and leadership for this country.

“I commend you, you have my support for these three reasons you have itemised and I hope the people will listen to you.”