General Ibrahim Babangida, former military president of Nigeria has expressed that his most significant accomplishment as Nigeria’s leader was gaining a deeper understanding of the country and fostering friendships across various sectors.
All Nigeria Latest News reports that Babaginda noted that during his leadership, he employed a combination of coercion and dialogue as effective styles of governance.
During an interview at his residence in Minna, the former military ruler advised aspiring young leaders in Nigeria to prioritize understanding the people and gaining a comprehensive understanding of the country.
When asked to assess his achievements over his career, General Ibrahim Babangida responded, stating, “Number one is that I served the country the best I could, and while it may not be to everyone’s satisfaction, I leave that judgment to history.”
“I related fairly well with the people of the country. I had no problem with them and I got to know the country more as I was well travelled. I made friends all over the country and I thought that was one of the greatest achievements,” he said.
Babaginda said young Nigerians should try as much as possible to know and understand the country because they would lead the country in future.
“You have an opportunity now as young people, get to know the country, study the country, the people and if you are able to do that or to understand that, basically I think that will go a long way to prepare you for the eventual leadership of the country,” he said.
“Just like any other style, you are placed in a leadership position; your job is to lead people. You develop a situation where people look up to you to provide certain solutions to their problems or to their fears.
“Whatever it is and you stand out as the person who will be able to do that. So you have to study human beings, you have to read about them and you have to be very compassionate. Sometimes ruthlessness to get things done but there are a lot of ways you have to develop so that you will be able to achieve certain things. Others you plead with, some you coerce and so on and so forth.”