Former military president, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babaginda, yesterday, reaffirmed his stand on the need to encourage younger generation of Nigeria to take over leadership.
IBB said the old generation must encourage the younger generation to take over because the latter has held power for long and overstayed in the corridors of power.
He stated that in doing that the old generation should pave the way for the younger ones to steer the ship of the state aright from where the old stopped with more zeal.
Receiving a new political movement, the New Nigeria led by the leader, Moses Siloko Siasia at his Hilltop residence in Minna, the former military president recalled that he and other like minds proposed as long as 1989 , the possibility of handing over the country’s leadership to younger people who have the passion and zeal to propel it on the path of development and growth.
He, however, stated that even then the members of the older generation were not at home with the suggestion and were against the idea .
While saying experience has shown that a nation develops and progresses better with younger generation in charge , IBB said younger generation would be more adventurous and full of fresh ideas.
IBB said at 31, former Head of State General Yakubu Gowon performed creditably in keeping the country together and developed infrastructure that were still enduring up till date.
According to him, “some of us assumed leadership at a very young age.The older generation must give way for the new one. We have become analogue but this is a digital age; so the young people should be supported to use their digital knowledge to move the country forward,”.
Consequently, he lent his support for not ‘Too Young To Run’ Bill as presented on the floor of the House of Representatives,adding that “some of us believe in that aspiration and would support its realisation.”
Meanwhile, leader of the delegation and Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) candidate in the last governorship election in Bayelsa State said the group was in Minna to consult and seek the blessings of the former leader for a new Nigeria based on a new ideology ahead of 2019 general elections.