If General Babangida wants to contest the 2011 general elections, let him feel free to do so; it is his constitutional right, which no one can take away, even
with the array of criticisms that currently trail his contemplation to contest
the said election. IBB should never be deterred by those who continually shout
down anyone seen discussing the IBB-for-President-in-2011 topic. The success
or otherwise of the General at the polls next year will not depend on what some
few individuals say or do not say against him; it will depend more on the views
of the Nigerian electorate as will be expressed through the ballot box. If the
Nigerian electorate feel that Babangida is the man for the job, so will it be,
irrespective of the views of the school of thought which insists that Babangida
has no right to want to rule Nigeria again, after all is alleged evil deeds while in
office as Nigerian Military President between 1985 and 1993. While one does not
begrudge this school of thought its opinion, it is important to bear one
thing in mind, namely that even though no sin is so light that it may be
overlooked, yet no sin is so heavy that
it may not be repented of
Therefore, no matter how big, old, engrained, known, or unchangeable an
offence might be, it can still be sincerely repented of, and healed. A word
from the Christian Scriptures may help to emphasis what I mean the more: If My
people who are called by My name will humble themselves, pray, seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive
their sin
and heal their land.—II Chronicles 7:14. Again, God said: I have
swept away your transgressions like a cloud-mass, and your sins like a cloud.
Return to Me, for I have redeemed you. –Isaiah 44:22. If God Almighty can
forgive and forget, who are we, mere mortals, to insist on taking our pound of
flesh even form or against a repented sinner (that is, if IBB is a sinner or has repented)? 
These few Nigerians who try and actually do make a mountain out of
General IBB`s ambition to come back as Nigeria`s civilian President come 2011 should
pause a little and do a thorough reflection; it is possible that this same
Babangida, whom they shout now, “ crucify him, crucify him,” may turn out, if
enthroned President, to be the best leader this country has ever had. The
question is, is it not possible that this man genuinely nurses his desire to be
given an opportunity to right the wrongs of the past (if any)? Is it not
reasonable to suppose that the best way to keep the fish safe is to entrust it
in the care of the rat? Do we not ponder, even a little, on the possibility
that, given this opportunity, this retired General may in the process of working
so hard to prove his detractors wrong, end up surpassing the reasonable man`s expectations? Finally, on the premise that the devil we know is far preferable to the angel we
yet know not. Let`s give IBB a chance to try his luck. Let him test his
popularity. He has the right., as every other qualified Nigerian. Let the Nigerian voters, and not just a few
individuals, be the ultimate decider of his fate. God bless Nigeria? --
Sylvester Udemezue
(08021365545, [email protected])


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I do not campaign for or against IBB. I M NOT A POLITICIAN. I commented from the legal angle, that he (IBB), as every other eligible Nigerian, has the constitutional right to contest. I added that if he is not wanted, it is for the electorate to reject him at the polls. I do not know IBB from Adam. But, I am entitled to air my views on any issues, especially when such views are not an infringement on another`s rights. Your position that I was campaigning for IBB had all along proceeded, with due respect, from your total ignorance of the focus of my comment. The law is clear on this point, so I will make no further attempt at convincing you. I HAVE MADE MYSELF CLEAR. And as I have pointed out earlier, I do not abuse, call names or derogate, since these only go to show how childish one`s mentality is. Thanks. -- Sylvester Udemezue (08021365545, [email protected])


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