Former military leader, General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd), has sued for peaceful co-existance among Nigerians irrespective of their age and ethno-religious inclination.
Babangida, popularly called IBB, made the remark on Saturday at his Hilltop residence in Minna, while entertaining guests during his 78 birthday anniversary.
This is even as President Muhammadu Buhari sent a congratulatory message to the former Military President.
In a message to the former Head of State, President Buhari said: “On behalf of the Federal Executive Council, my family and all Nigerians, please accept my warm felicitations on your 78th birthday.
“On this special day of your life, the reminiscences of your courage and invaluable service to the army in protecting the sovereignty of the country come to the fore. Thank you for the role of statesman you are playing in the affairs the nation.
“As you age gracefully, the country will continue to look up to you for guidance and wisdom. May Allah continue to increase your health and grant you the strength to give your best to your family and the nation.”
Assessing the nation’s current political situation, Babangida said: “My prayer is that Nigeria should remain as one indivisible nation.
“Therefore, I call on all Nigerians to work for the unity and development of the country as there is no other home like Nigeria,” he said.
Similarly, in a press statement on Saturday signed by Niger Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Bello, described IBB as a unifying factor in the country.
IBB, born Aug. 17, 1941 was the military President of Nigeria between Aug. 27, 1985 and Aug. 26, 1993.