Former head of state, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB), has said that if he had the chance, he will make the national assembly a part-time job in order to cut the cost of governance.
He said this in a chat with journalists at his Minna residence as part of activities to mark his 75th birthday.
“In 1989, we proposed that the national assembly should be optional, that is part-time,” he said. “I still believe that if I had the opportunity, I would make the national assembly part-time. I believe in that very strongly and is part of efforts to cut down the cost of governance in Nigeria.”
The former head of state also said that he is not an evil genius as some consider him, saying: “I am not the evil genius that quite a lot of people consider me that I am.
“I have had a very excellent background and training. We have to love one another. However, I can understand the feeling people have towards me.
“By the virtue of the job I was doing, I was bound to be misconstrued and my actions misinterpreted as evil. I consider what people say as an opinion as long as I am not what you think I was; I feel satisfied.”
IBB’s most notable action as head of state was the annulment of the June 12, 1993 election which is still considered by some as the freest election the nation has ever held.