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5 qualities Nigeria’s next president must have – Ibrahim Babangida

by Okechukwu Liberty
Ibrahim Babangida

5 qualities Nigeria’s next president must have – Ibrahim Babangida

Although Ibrahim Babaginda has not declared support for any of the presidential candidates that have visited him in Minna, Niger State, the former military leader believes Nigeria’s next president should possess specific characteristics, and that is the candidate he would like to see in Aso Rock in 2023.

These are the characteristics that Babangida believes Buhari’s successor should have.

1. He must be a youthful person:

President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor, according to the former Head of State, should not be an elder statesman.

Babangida is 80 years old, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, a presidential candidate on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) platform, is 75, and Bola Tinubu, a member of the All Progressives Congress, is 70.

Babangida believes that anyone wanting to govern the country in 2023 should not be as elderly as he is.

2. He must be a politician:

The notion that Nigeria requires a technocrat to lead it does not appear to fit with Babangida’s presidential vision.

In a recent interview, the former Head of State stated that President Buhari’s successor must be a politician.

3. He must be a good communicator:

Babangida also believes that a president should be able to articulate his or her views and voice his or her opinions on topics that impact his or her country’s citizens.

He should be able to communicate because a president should be able to walk into a room full of people and talk to them about Nigerian concerns most of the time, if not always. he stated

4. He must be well-known/popular:

A nonentity, in Babangida’s opinion, has no business seeking the presidency in a country the size of Nigeria. He believes that a Nigerian presidential candidate must be a well-known figure with widespread support across the country’s six geopolitical zones.

The future president according to him, “must have someone he knows in every area of the country… You could limit it to states, local governments, and even wards if possible, but it should be someone whose name you will say, “Yes, I’ve heard that name before, either in the country or in his profession; whether he’s a doctor, a journalist, or whatever, we’ve all heard the name before; okay, then I’ll make an effort to learn more about him.”

5. He must be a Nigerian:

Even if a candidate possesses all of the aforementioned attributes, he or she will not be qualified to govern Africa’s most populous country.

As a result, the former military dictator stated that presidential candidates who match the aforementioned requirements are qualified to lead the country as long as they are Nigerians.

“It is not who I have in mind, but who fits in; any person who fits in within these criteria, as long as he is a Nigerian, is the perfect person,” he stated.

This is significant since it is the first box a presidential candidate must check to ensure his or her candidacy for the country’s highest political office.

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