The IBB Presidential Forum is an academic social networking platform that connects individuals from diverse backgrounds and geographies, coming from a variety of sectors, including private, public, non-profit, military, and academia with a shared interest in public policy analysis, leadership and presidential studies, particularly, a special interest in fostering discussions and research on a diverse range of historical, political and economic issues reflecting the legacy of General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida and his era as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Join Now >>
A MESSAGE FROM IBB
The essence of this site is to share with fellow Nigerians some of my thoughts on various aspects of our social, economic and political life in the last three decades. The speeches, statements, interviews, tributes and interventions here assembled reflect but do not necessarily exhaust my thoughts and sentiments about our country. But they are united by one overriding theme - NIGERIA - its immense potentials, its infinitely resourceful and proud people, the accidents and mistakes in our past as well as the brilliance of our collective future. Above all, they seek to expand understanding of my presidency, policies, and political history, providing critical insights for the nation’s governance challenges. Read More>>>
MARYAM BABANGIDA: THE WOMAN BEHIND THE NAME
MARYAM BABANGIDA (1st November 1948 – 27th December 2009), was Nigeria’s First Lady between 1985 - 1993, who combined the roles of housewife, mother and public figure almost from the year she married Ibrahim Babangida, then a Major in the Nigerian Army, in September, 1969.
As Babangida rose through the military hierarchy, and later to the political apex as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mrs Babangida took on an ever increasing array of public responsibilities. First, in 1983 when her husband was appointed Chief of Army Staff, Mrs Babangida became the National President of the Nigerian Army Officer’s Wives Association (NAOWA) the traditional post of the Army Chief’s wife. Maryam Babangida’s tenure gave her a unique insight into the life of army officers and their families, especially the private realities often masked by the stern face of discipline and duty. Read More>>>