Former military president, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida said Nigerians generally believe in the indivisibility of their country.
Speaking in an interview on Arise Television on Friday, Babangida said that although, it is good to agitate, but such agitation cannot get the support of Nigerians.
“It is always good to agitate. But because of this believe that this country should be one, when they (agitators) made the noise, they found that it wouldn’t get the support of the people because Nigerians generally don’t believe in anything that will disturb their peace of mind,” he said.
He also once again spoke on the controversial annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election by his regime, which was believed to have been won by business mogul, Moshood Abiola.
According to him, annulling the election was inevitable because of massive opposition to its actualization within the military and some elements of the civil populace.
He said: “If June 12 had materialized, there would have been a coup d’état, which could have been violent. That’s all I can confirm. It didn’t happen, thanks to the maradonic way we handled you guys in the society.
“But that (actualizing June 12) could have given room for more instability in the country. Opposition came from the military and the civil populace. The military can do it because they have the weapons to do it. The other is society agitation.”
He frowned at the failure of the nation’s security agencies, especially the Department of State Services (DSS) to obey court orders.
“It is not right for them to flout court order. They should obey court orders. That is why we ought to have strong institutions, but institutions that obey due process,” he said.
He described his relationship with President Muhammadu Buhari as cordial, noting that “the seeming bad relationship was the creation of the media.”
He urged the government free and open up the economy, saying that there is too much control the way the economy is been run.
Babangida said Nigeria cannot have stronger currency until the country start producing what is consumed locally and for export.