Former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, rtd, has announced that he is in search of a new wife.
Describing the kind of woman that will suit him at this stage of his life, IBB said he will not take a wife much younger than him because that will be a problem for the woman and for himself (IBB)
Speaking with The Sun, the former Head of State, however, expressed the fear that the new wife may not be able to live the way he lived with his late wife and former First Lady, Maryam.
Asaba Delta-born Maryam died on Sunday, December 27, 2009, succumbing to ovarian cancer at the University of Californiaâ€™s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, Los Angeles. She died at the age of 61.
IBB said, â€œYes, I am quite sure. Iâ€™m searching and Iâ€™m hoping. But the longer I wait, maybe, the more problematic it becomes.
â€œIf it drags, I would be too old and the whole idea of having a partner would seem to diminish. But I will make sure [I have a partner] before reaching that stage.
â€œIf somebody is in the corner, you could organize that in three or six months.
â€œAnd because it must be somebody you have known for a long time, or somebody you have been in contact with for a long time, you donâ€™t just tell them look this is for marriage.
â€œBut as time passes, and relationship building continues, it could end up in marriage.
â€œHowever, I have to be fair in my search. I really want to be fair. For instance, you donâ€™t expect me to take a wife much younger than I am because that will be a problem for her and for me.
â€œI have to be fair. Secondly, I do wonder if she (the chosen one) would be able to live the way Maryam and I did, which is not easy these days. So, I keep on praying; and I think it will happen.â€