Ibrahim Babangida has opened up on the challenges he is having in finding a wife ten years after the death of his heartthrob and former vivacious First Lady, Maryam Babangida.
Gen. Babangida who in an interview said he is searching for a wife, however, put a number of challenges that have confronted him in the search.
Prominent among the challenges he said in the interview with Saturday Sun’s Shola Oshunkeye are age, compatibility and the shadow of the famous former First Lady, Maryam.
Asked if he was still searching for a wife, he said:
“Yes, I am quite sure. I’m searching and I’m hoping. But the longer I wait, maybe, the more problematic it becomes. If 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 do it before reaching that stage.”
The former military president who dismissed claims of a woman being in the corner said:
“If somebody is in the corner, you could organize that (wedding) in three or six months. And 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 don’t just tell them look this is for marriage. But as time passes, and relationship building continues, it could end up in marriage.
“However, I have to be fair in my search. I really want to be fair. For instance, you don’t expect me to take a wife much younger than I am because that will be a problem for her and for me. I 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.”
He said that his children would be open to the idea of him remarrying as they know that it would make him happy.