The presidential ambition of All Progressives Congress flag bearer, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, received a major boost from his primary constituency, the military, when former military president, Ibrahim Babangida, said they (retired generals) will support the aspiration of the former head of state.
Babangida said this when he played host to the APC presidential hopeful in his uphill residence in Minna.
The former military leader said he was proud of Buhari’s persistence and perseverance in seeking to offer himself for service at the highest level in the country’s young democracy.
“You have beaten some of us in proving Gen. Douglas Mc’Arthur’s theory that old soldiers never die but fade away gradually. But you have refused to fade away.”
He commended the APC for honouring the military by nominating Buhari.
“I wish to congratulate members of the party for the honour of nominating my colleague, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari as your presidential candidate for the 2015 election.”
The former military president later said the media had misrepresented their relationship, alleging that the media had created the impression that the two leaders were at loggerheads.
“You media men have created this impression that we are fighting each other. Look at us here today, he knows what I mean and I know what he means.
“We both fought to keep Nigeria one when we were young majors then. We were well traveled.
“I want to commend APC for choosing our colleague as your flag bearer. All of us will support you (Buhari) in this course to salvage this country,” he stated.
Earlier, the APC presidential candidate said he was in Minna in continuation of his nationwide tour ahead of the February 14 presidential election.