Former Plateau State Governor Solomon Lar insists that Maj.-Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) acted in ignorance overthrowing the Shehu Shagari administration on December 31, 1983.
Lar and other governors later faced military tribunals which tried and jailed them for corruption.
However, the defunct National Party of Nigeria governor has forgiven Buhari, hoping that the Congress for Progressive Change candidate for the 2011 presidential election had learnt that political crisis should be resolved politically and not through military coup.
He spoke with journalists on Tuesday night in Abuja after attending a crusade organised by the Deeper Life Bible Church where the General Superintendent of DLBC, Pastor W.F. Kumuyi, advocated that dialogue remained the best solution to the current challenges facing the nation.
Lar said, “I have forgiven Buhari. He did it in ignorance. I know that he has realised what he did and that is why he is participating actively in politics.
“I am very happy with him that he is participating in politics and he has discovered that it is better to solve any political problem by the way the politician do.
“We were put in the prison in 1984 by the Buhari and (Tunde) Idiagbon regime under the pretext that some of us ‘chop money’, but I never chop a penny. In spite of that, we were left there. But the military was just trying to make some excuses to interfere with the political administration, something that they don’t have business with.
“But I am glad that the current crop of military don’t have that kind of ambition and I hope they will concentrate squarely on their own training or profession.”
Lar backed Kumuyi who had stated that Nigeria would not disintegrate.
Kumuyi has called on the Federal Government to priotise youth development in order to develop the country.
Kumuyi stated this in Abuja on Tuesday while briefing newsmen on the ongoing three- day nationwide youth success camp.
According to the cleric, Nigeria needs to invest more in its youths because they are precious assets to the nation.
He noted that the church had done its best to ensure the success of the youths.
He said the church was out to help the youths discover and develop their God-given talents and potential.