Ahead of the 2023 election, the former military president, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida has endorsed the vice president, Prof Yemi Osinbajo as successor to President Muhammdu Buhari.
Babangida gave his support to the Osinbajo presidency while playing host to the Osinbajo Grassroots Organisation (OGO) in his Minna residence.
According to him, the vice president is a good man and a “worthy person that we should all support.”
“I know the vice president very well. He is a good man. I have spoken with him a couple of times; he is a good person. We need a good man like Osinbajo at the helm of affairs of this country – someone people can learn from; someone people of goodwill share a common conviction with.
“He has this great passion for the country and I want other Nigerians to emulate his passion for the good of our country.
“We want other Nigerians to emulate this passion. I am always available to share my experience about the country,” he said.
Babangida urged the group not to relent in seeking a prosperous Nigeria, urging other groups to learn from the organisation.
Speaking further, he said politicians had a lot to learn from the organisation.
“I believe you have experience with politicians already and we will follow you based on this conviction that you have about this country.
“I pray you grow this body so that people will speak well of you, and I pray other organisations will learn from you.
“With constant engagement, there are people who can bring about positive change in this country. Please stay on course and I know things will be much better than now.”
Earlier, the national convener of OGO, Organization, Ojo Sylvanus Foluso, said they were in Minna to seek the support of the former military president.
He eulogised the former military president for believing in the dreams of the group and hailed him for endorsing Osinbajo as president ahead of the 2023 polls.
“We are here to consult former military president Ibrahim Babangida and you hear him clearly. Babangida described Osinbajo as a passionate leader that can move the country forward to the greater heights we are expecting.
“Babangida is a resolute leader and he has given us his word and we should convey his best wishes to the vice president. He also told us to continue our conviction for a better Nigeria and we will continue to preach the gospel of Osinbajo.
“I am hopeful that the vice president will accept to run for 2023 president. We have been in this struggle for two, three years and we are happy about this endorsement,” he added.
Also speaking, the team leader, Mr. Emma Ejiofor, said the group was ready to work on the advice of prominent citizens like Babangida because of their sound knowledge and understanding of Nigeria.
He said Nigeria was in dire need of leaders with conviction and passion for its development.
“Even though we have not discussed with Osinbajo to run, we believe if the call is coming from a legend like you, he will get the message clear and be convinced to run for the 2023 election,” he added.