By Wole Mosadomi
Minna—Former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida yesterday, expressed concern over the present situation in the country, adding that it needed the intervention of all Nigerians to join hands with the incoming administration to get the people out of the current problems.
Apparently referring to the acute scarcity of petrol and blackout being experienced across the country, Babangida, however, said that the outgoing administration should not be seen as deliberately punishing the people but rather a trying period for any administration which would come and go.
Babangida in company of former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar who spoke during a farewell visit to the Niger State governor, Dr. Babangida Aliyu in his house told journalists that he was worried and concerned just like any other Nigeria about the numerous problems confronting the country but added that there was always a solution to any problem.
“I am as concerned about these problems as everyone is. I want Nigerians to support the incoming government in whatever measures it takes to provide solution to the problems on ground.
“Government is doing all it can to make sure these problems, come to an end. We should endeavour to support them during this period,” he said.
The former president noted that every country, developed and under-developed have their peculiar problems which confront them, adding that Nigeria cannot also run away from its own problems which would certainly come and go.
According to him,”every developing country has one problem or the other and there has to be a government to solve such problem because there must always be a government on ground to solve any problem and so, the incoming government will be prepared to face some challenges and also be prepared to solve them.’’
Governor Aliyu in his own contribution said the fuel and power challenges facing the country at this period should not be seen as conspiracy from any group, adding that no individual or group can be so heartless to arrange such things and put other Nigerians in problems.
He attributed lack of rain and gas to the hydro power plants around the country, adding that the issues would be addressed soon for normalcy to return.
Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar had also called on the governor to share his experience with the incoming administration in order to move the state forward, adding that they, (IBB and himself) were also ready to avail themselves to the incoming administration in the state to ensure development.
Earlier, Governor Aliyu had thanked the two elder statesmen for the visit and their continuous advice which had brought a lot of development and unity in the state and the country at large, adding that whatever actions the elder statesmen had taken over the years should be attributed to their concern for unity and the development of the country.