Former Military President, Ibrahim Babangida, on Friday, October 2, revealed that the military provided Nigeria with the democracy being enjoyed today.
Babangida made this disclosure during an interview; claiming that contrary to claims that the military was responsible for the problems in the country; it rather provided the nation with development.
“No, we didn’t provide problems. We tried to provide the framework upon which subsequent governments who are going to come after us could build upon,” he said.
“Most of the infrastructural developments, even the democracy, we midwifed it. We started development; democracy; as well as a free-market economy.
“We were able to capture what the world is doing now and also to try to bring it into our own country. The politicians, civilians are the best people in handling all of these things.”
Speaking further, Babangida praised the masses for surviving what he described as the civil war in the country.
The former Head of State said Nigeria is one of the few countries in the world to survive a civil war.
Reacting to the Mali coup that ousted President Ibrahim Keita, he described the soldiers that participated in the exercise as stupid.
He also lauded the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for issuing an 18-month ultimatum for the country to return to democracy.
“Military intervention in some of these things is an aberration. I don’t think we should encourage the military at all.
“From 1989 till now, things have changed. The whole world has embraced democracy; economic reform; open market; and so forth. There is no place for the military. It is best done by the politicians and the civilians,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has approved the implementation of the New Visa Policy (NVP) and New Visa Fees.
The Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Mr Muhammad Babandede disclosed this in a statement by the Service Spokesman, Mr Sunday James on Thursday in Abuja.
Babandede said that the implementation of the new visa fees; as well as Nigeria Visa Policy (NVP) 2020 commenced on Thursday.
“The Immigration service wishes to inform the general public and the international community of the new visa fees approved by the Minister of Interior, Mr Ra’uf Aregbesola, which is based on the principles of reciprocity.
“The service is inviting stakeholders; concerned authorities; and individuals to visit the official website of the Service; via for full details of the new visa fees for all countries and category of applicants,” he said.