The maiden edition of the IBB Legacy dialogue took place on the 12th of August, 2021 with the theme IBB, The Man, His Vision, His Legacy.
President Ibrahim Babangida turns 81 on 17th August. As has become customary, the Ibrahim and Maryam Babangida Presidential Library Foundation will mark the occasion with its 2022 Annual Dialogue event.
In tune with the count down to the transition from one elected administration to the next, this year’s Dialogue will Centre on the broad theme of “Issues in Africa’s Democratic Journey”
The dialogue entails a public lecture by an outstanding statesman, public figure or scholar of international repute, goodwill messages from former presidents of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and panel discussions from eminent discussants that will dissect issues raised by the lecture as well as deliberate on related sub themes as well as goodwill messages from past presidents of Nigeria and presidential aspirants.
To generate ideas from outstanding leaders while identifying priorities and distilling ideas that will place Nigeria at the fore of human progress.
To encourage students of history and political science to better analyze the impact of good policies on the growth of a nation.
To proffer and advance game-changing solutions through multi-stakeholder collaboration in the interest of the growing population of youths in the African continent at large.
To contribute to global discourse that puts transformational leadership at the center of the efforts to achieve the SDGs and harness the relevant demographic dividends.
The dialogue will be headlined with a flagship Public Lecture by a renowned and experienced personality with broad knowledge of African/Nigerian politics and governance.
It is a dear hope of mine that next years’ election will not only bring or give us a president and the vice president that Nigeria deserves, but also the political contest we deserve. One that inspires our young people to see politics as a noble calling, so that the best and the brightest of our young people will commit themselves to public service. That way, in 2027, and in 2031, and beyond, the caliber of candidates will be, if anything, even greater.
All thanks to the dedicated efforts of those who take responsibility here and now. The sad fact is that too many of our countrymen and women are cynical about politics, and about the whole process. Nigerans have experienced many frustrations in the decades since we won our independence. The path to full democracy has been a slow and uneven one. We all know that we are not there yet.
Patriotic leaders like my father have played their part in keeping our country together, and in bringing about the stability and the rule of law required for economic growth and human flourishing. But ofcourse, it will be an understatement to state that not all of our leaders have served us well. Even since the advent of the 4th republic in 1999, the history of democracy in Nigeria has been a checkered one, so it is natural that Nigerians are weary at election time. B ut it is also important that we do not give in to cynicism.
The 2022 electoral bill has been an important step forward and I hope it will give voters great confidence in the conduct of the electoral process. It is important that the elections are not only free and fair, but seen to be free and fair, so transparency is a key principle. Along with the integrity and independence of electoral officers and ofcourse, the judiciary. A strong and independent judiciary is as essential to democracy as the elections them self because, it is only when voters have faith in the rule of law, that they will participate enthusiastically in the elections and trust the results.
Naturally, there are also concerns about the monetization of the electoral process because nobody must be able to buy votes or steal an election. But we must remember that majority of those who entered politics, whichever party they are, are motivated by public service and a desire to shape a better future for Nigeria.
And ofcourse, It is also the purpose of today’s dialogue (The Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida Legacy dialogue), there are many wise men and women gathered here today. Brought together by the gravitas of one of the wisest heads of all – President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida. So, this is an opportunity to share some of that wisdom and to educate and inspire a new generation of leaders for our country.Next year’s election campaign is a time for party politics. Now is the time for unity, for national togetherness, a time to forgive and forget the quarrels of the past, and to focus on the solutions for the future.
HE. Aisha BabangidaChief Executive ConvenerIBB LEGACY DIALOGUE, 2022
Mr. Ladi Akeredolu Ale is the Controller of Current Affairs at Channels Television. He takes charge of programming in this genre, particularly foreign Affairs, sports. He graduated from the University of Ilorin and the University of Lagos. He is an alumnus of Lagos Business School Chief executive’s Programme. He anchors the current affairs interview programme, Newsnight, and flagship news at ten on Channels television.
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