June 12: Nigerians Will Never Take Me Seriously – IBB
A former military dictator, Ibrahim Babangida, says Nigerians no longer take him seriously because he annulled June 12, 1993.
He equally said that Nigerians accuse him of canceling the “freest election” but do not give him credit for organizing the “freest election” in the first place.
Babangida, who made this statement during a programme on Channels TV titled ‘Roadmap 2019’, said he hoped that someday, the younger generation will ask for his own side of the story and understand why he canceled the 1993 election.
He said the public has a wrong impression of him, citing the June 12 crisis and some of the policies he took between 1985 and 1993 when he presided over the nation.
“People may not read it (autobiography) because it is coming from a dictator. A lot will say, dictator, he canceled June 12 and that will kill the book,” he said.
“If God spares my life, I will discuss June 12 election because I still believe people don’t get what we were trying to put across. Nobody has ever sat down to say the two persons involved are friends, what went wrong? We tried to rationalize why we had to do what we did but nobody is prepared to listen to us.
“I have never seen anybody write anything on this to try to give people a different version altogether.