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Why I Trekked From Enugu To Umuahia During Nigeria Civil War – Babangida

Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida

Former Nigeria military head of state, Ibrahim Babangida popularly known as IBB, has claimed that he trekked from Enugu to Umuahia, Abia State during the 1969 Nigeria civil war.

He made this known while addressing Journalists at his 75th birthday gathering in Minna on Wednesday.

Babangida said: “Movement from Enugu to Umuahia was very tough and challenging because you need to be physically fit to be able to undertake that kind of journey on foot. We had to go through the jungles and the hills. I think it was my toughest encounter in the army because that was where I got wounded in April 1969”.

Mr. Babangida said he joined the army to protect the country.

According to him, being in the military means that you must subject yourself to a constituted authority to execute all the tasks assigned to you by the government.

He said the constitutional role and international treaties made it possible for military personnel to serve anywhere in the world.

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Mr. Babangida said the military job was more challenging than being the president of a country.

He said an army officer would lead men to danger because your life and their lives depend on you as the commander.

“If they have faith in you they follow you. If you have faith in them you go along with them. So, it is more challenging than being a president,” he said.

Mr. Babangida said a head of state will seek people’s advice, interact and discuss with them to get solution based on the prevailing circumstances.

He said: “Being a military officer you are the only one leading your troops hoping on you. If you lead them wrongly you will kill many of them. So, I consider the military more challenging than the political job”.

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