Retired Gen. Ibrahim Babangida has revealed that officers and men loyal to his regime assisted him to escape late Major Gideon Orkar’s coup against his administration on April 22, 1990.
Babangida made this known on Sunday during his 74th birthday chat with journalists in Minna.
“Some officers and men loyal to me insisted and took me out of Dodan Barracks to a safe house where we met other officers and men,’’ he said.
Babangida said that the officers again moved him to the house of late former Head of state, Gen. Sani Abacha, while soldiers fought the coup plotters and eventually defeated them.
The former military Head of State commended the conduct of the last election which resulted in the triumph of the people’s aspiration for change, adding that Buhari was a winner of people’s popular mandate.
He said that the media and youths in the country contributed their quota in immeasureable ways towards the realisation of this change.
Babangida called for continuous support for the current administration in order to achieve the dividends of democracy.
“I urged Nigerians to support the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari in order to tackle the challenges of the country.
“I also support the move by the Federal Government to recover the country’s stolen fund as way to wipe out corruption.
“I call on the general public to support President Buhari’s fight against corruption and insecurity in the country”, he added.