By Dayo Johnson
Akure â€” THE Bish-op of the Akure Anglican Diocese, Bishop Michael Ipinmoye, Monday, advised the former Military President, Ibrahim Babangida, to forget about coming back to rule the country.
Speaking with newsmen in Akure, the clergyman called on Nigerians to rise up against the recycling of past leaders who have nothing more to offer the people and the country.
Bishop Ipinmoye described as an insult the statement credited to General Babangida that the younger ones were not intelligent enough to steer the ship of the country hence the reason he was staging a come back.
He pointed out that the statement was a misfire and a dirty slap on the face of the younger generation.
… asks IBB to apologise
He asked him to tender a public apology to the younger generation for insulting them, adding that the nation â€œis proud of her younger generation who have all it takes to rule the country successfully.â€
Ipinmoye cited the American President Barak Obama as representing the younger generation and pleaded with Nigerians to follow suit by voting for younger persons with vision and good policies to move the nation forward.
â€œThe Americans are not weeping having Obama as their President, so what is stopping Nigerians from allowing a younger person to rule if God gives him the enablement to rule? Why are we recycling the same old horses?
â€œWe should allow younger people to rule this country for once. If they make mistakes they would retrace their steps.Â We should give them the ample opportunity to prove their worth. Enough of the same old faces in the polity,â€ he said.
He said that Nigerians should rise up and take their destinies in their hand by not allowing bad leaders to occupy the exalted position of the country.
‘We need fresh blood’
According to him, â€œIBB should not have raised his head for any political appointment any longer in this country. He had ruled for eight years and played his part. Since he had done it once let him allow fresh blood to vie for the position of the President.
â€œIBB should not forget how he left office: the Death of Dele Giwa is there, the annulment of June 12 election, which is the freest and fairest in the history of this country is there, the death of the winner of the election is still fresh, the issue of corruption started with his regime. All these Nigerians would not forget in a hurry.â€
Speaking on the issue of money politics, the Bishop declared that â€œit would be sinful for anybody to collect money from IBB or any other past leaders and vote for them in the next election.
â€œLet all these old horses stay away completely from politics so that we can move forward in this country. We have been standing on the spot because our leaders lack fresh ideas,â€ he said.