By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Nigeria’s former military President, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida has confessed that he was almost giving up hope on Nigeria’s chequered and tumbling political landscape occasioned by political immaturity, confusion and reckless outbursts by politicians but for the decision of Ahmed Makarfi’ to enter into the presidential race to save the country from further confusion and the vicious cycle of bad leadership.
Senator Ahmed Makarfi is one of the presidential aspirants under the flagship of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) and is also the immediate past National Caretaker Committee Chairman of the party.
General Babangida said he had been at pains over the behaviors and manner of many Nigerian politicians whose conducts he noted with regrets, have left him with little or no hope about the future of Nigeria.
The former military President spoke in his Minna Hilltop residence while receiving the presidential campaign team of Senator Ahmed Makarfi.
Makarfi who was governor of Kaduna state for eight years, is seeking the mandates of his party to get it’s sole ticket for next year’s presidential election.
Senator Makarfi on Sunday led his campaign team to the palatial mansion of the former military President to intimate him of his presidential ambition and to seek for his blessings and endorsement ahead of the party’s primary election in October.
The former National Caretaker Committee Chairman said he was going into the race turf with a clear vision about what Nigeria needs to put the nation on the right pedestals.
General Babangida while responding to the remaks by the presidential hopeful, said Ahmed Makarfi’s entrance to the race turf has restored his dwindling and fading hope about Nigeria.
His words ”your entrance to the race had restored my hope about Nigeria’s political future”. Babangida added that Makarfi’s towering political credentials and experience in government and private life were encouraging to rekindle his hope for a better Nigeria in the years ahead if he gets the mandates of Nigerians.
He admitted that because of the unfortunate unfolding political turmoil on the country’s political landscape in recent times, he had almost lost hope on Nigeria’s future but for the vision articulated by Ahmed Makarfi which he noted has given him a new ray of light and glimpse of watersheds with the likes of Makarfi on the race turf for the soul of Nigeria.
He thumbed up Makarfi’s programme outlay and vision on how to get Nigeria out of it’s myriad of problems and said the vision had made his day, a comment that elicited thunderous applause from members of the Makarfi’s presidential campaign team.
The Ahmed Makarfi’s presidential campaign team is on nation wide outreach to enlist support from key political stakeholders and power brokers in the country.