Nigeria's ex-dictator is so convinced that younger citizens will be happy to hear his side of history that dwells on a presidential election on June 12, 1993.
IBB further said he remained friends with late MKO Abiola even during the June 12 crisis unlike many that abandoned him.
Nigeria’s ex-military Head of State, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida believes younger citizens will understand why he annulled the June 12, 1993 elections.
IBB said sometimes in the future, the younger generation will be eager to listen to his side of the historical event that has left him in the bad books of many Nigerians.
“We try to rationalise why we did what we did but nobody is prepared to listen to us. So, it is a matter of time. One day, the younger generation will say they have heard one side and want to hear the other side of the story.
“Maybe by then we will have a better society that is prepared; that is well-informed of what happened within a period of their existence. They will then be able to say this is the true story,” IBB said during a TV programme on Channels TV.
The retired Army General stressed his relationship with Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, the late hero of the Presidential election of June 12, 1993, saying he remained friends even during the crisis.
“ They say, ‘he canceled the freest election in the history but he annulled it’ but nobody gives me credit for conducting the freest election in the country.
“...Nobody has ever sat down to say the two personalities are friends, what went wrong. I have never seen anybody write about this to try to give people another version of things. I knew his feelings and he knew my own. We even talked about it during the crisis itself,” he said.