2023: IBB lists criteria for Nigeria’s ideal president

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Former Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida has identified criteria for deciding Nigeria’s next president.

Babangida, 80, said that the ideal president should first of all not be older than him.

When asked about his choice for the nation’s next president, he told Daily Trust TV: “It is not who do I have in mind but who fits in.”

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“Any person who fits in within these criteria, then he is the right person as long as he is a Nigerian; he is a politician, he is not old like I am; he is very conversant with the country, he communicates, he is a very good communicator.

“He should be able to communicate because a president should be able to walk into a group of people and talk to them on issues concerning Nigeria; not all the time but most of the time.

“He must have somebody he knows in every part of the country. It is not a tall order.

“You could limit it to states, you could limit it to local governments even to the wards if you can but somebody such that once you hear the name, it is somebody you will say, yes, I have heard that name before either in the country or in his profession; if he is a doctor, a journalist or whatever, all areas, we have heard the name before; okay then I will make an effort to know more about him,” Babangida said.

Asked if such person was among the current political office holders, Babandiga said, “Within the process, of those people you mentioned now, there are people who could fit into this category and I believe the process can take care of that.”

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