Nigeria’s former Military President, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, IBB, has said nobody would like to read his autobiography because he has been dismissed as a dictator.
Babangida made this assertion in an interview with Channels Television.
Expressing serious skepticism about writing an autobiography, he said the fact that he had been labelled a dictator would naturally impact on the book negatively.
“People may not read it (autobiography) because it is coming from a dictator. A lot will say (he is a) dictator, he cancelled June 12, and that will kill the book,” he said.
Babangida said he would however not stop discussing the issue that made him to be described as a dictator – annulment of June 12, 1993 presidential election won by his friend and businessman, Moshood Abiola.
Abiola died in detention in the course of claiming his mandate given by Nigerians in the June 12, 1993 election which was considered to be free and fair, but annulled by Babangida.
“If God spares my life, I will discuss June 12 election because I still believe people don’t get what we were trying to put across.
“Nobody has ever sat down to say the two persons involved are friends. What went wrong? We tried to rationalise why we had to do what we did but nobody is prepared to listen to us.
“I have never seen anybody write anything on this to try to give people a different version altogether,” he said.
Babangida said although Nigerians described him as a dictator, none gave him credit for conducting an election they all considered to be the best in terms of being free and fair.
According to him, “they keep saying ‘he cancelled the freest election’ but why not give us credit for conducting that election.”