"A society that does not correctly interpret and appreciate its past cannot understand its present fortunes and adversities and can be caught unawares in a fast changing world."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."Ibrahim Babangida on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."Ibrahim Babangida on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."Ibrahim Babangida on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."Ibrahim Babangida on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."Ibrahim Babangida on Mahatma Gandhi
"The average Nigerian person has come to reconcile himself with the fact that his or her social progress remain essentially in his or her hands in collaboration with other fellow Nigerians and not merely relying on what government alone could provide for him or her."
"But no nation can base its survival and development on luck and prayers alone while its leadership fritters away every available opportunity for success and concrete achievement."
"If you ask me to summarise our mission, I would put it this way: We were a military regime that sought to lay the foundations for freedom and liberty in a complex society."
"Most importantly, nothing has happened to change my conviction that freedom and the love of liberty remain the essential defining attributes of our national character as a people."
"The challenge as we saw in the Nigerian project was to restructure the economy decisively in the direction of a modern free market as an appropriate environment for cultivation of freedom and democracy and the natural emergence of a new social order."