IBB says military coup no longer possible in Nigeria, gives reason

Ibrahim Babangida, a former head of state, says military coup to oust civilians from power is no longer possible in the country.

Mr Babangida fondly called IBB, made this remarks during an interview on Channels Television’s Inside Source aired on Saturday.

He said the increasing acceptance of democracy across the nation has decreased the chances of the military interventions as witnessed recently across some African countries.

“Such things (military coup) happen, but I believe it will not happen again because Nigerians are becoming more interested in becoming a truly democratic nation in Africa and such thing, I don’t think it will happen,” IBB said.

One-party state impossible

The former military dictator also said it was impossible for the country to become a one-party state.

Presently, there are 18 political parties in the country, including the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) though the former is now drawing more membership than the latter.

He advocated for a two-party state as that would save Nigeria a lot of funds and problems associated with a multi-party state.

“I have been in a military regime and the Nigerians I know won’t allow a one-party state,” he said. “I have been a military man and I know dictatorship can’t survive in a civil society.

“The Nigerians I know will not allow it; they will talk you out of it. You can say okay, I don’t want and forget about it.”