The Former Nigeria Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida popularly known as IBB, is 73 years old today. In this interview to mark his birthday, IBB speaks on some critical issues in the country, including the continuous detention of the Chibok girls by the Islamist group, Boko Haram, the 2015 elections, among others.
It’s over 100 days since the kidnapping of the Chibok girls, despite the assurances by the international community, the girls have still not been found. What is the way forward?, When do you think this girls will be found and return to their parents and loved ones?.
Perhaps the way forward is what government is doing now. I know there are a lot of complications. It is no longer an issue that you could ask the military to move into Sambisa forest and bring back the girls. I think Nigerians want the girls rescued and brought back home save, sound and healthy; that sure a very daring thing to do. He also said from my experience as a professional soldier, a lot of planning, a lot of corporation, a lot of study has to be done to achieve this goal. 217 or whatever the number is, is a high number of population to lose just like that. So i think government is trying from what we got during our last briefing; I am very satisfied that efforts are really being made to get the girls back. You see, the Objective and aim is to get them out of that place alive, the operative word is alive, you can order a full scale military operation and you could get the all killed which would defeat the objective.