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General News of Thursday, 26 August 2021


FLASHBACK: General Ibrahim Babangida steps down as Nigeria's president

Major General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) Major General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB)

Exactly 28 years today, August 26, 1993, Major General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida popularly known as IBB, stepped down as Nigeria’s president and military commander.

He handed power over to an elected civilian government after his eight-year dictatorship. His stepping down was as a result of his failure to fulfil his repeated promises.

General Ibrahim Babangida came to power on 27 August 1985 through a palace coup which ousted Major General Muhammadu Buhari.

In August 1993, Babangida signed a decree establishing the Interim National Government led by Ernest Shonekan. As interim president, Shonekan initially appointed Abiola as his Vice President, who refused to recognize the interim government, the crisis lingered for months culminating in the seizure of power of General Sani Abacha.

According to some reports, Babangida defended his regime, insisting that it laid the foundations for democracy and tried to rescue a sliding economy.

Prior to these events, Babangida annulled the June 12 presidential election that was to produce a civilian successor, however, this led the nation into the worst crisis since a 1967 civil war that killed 1 million people.

The entire country was thrown into a state of confusion causing public outrage, international sanctions and an opposition movement. The apparent winner of the June ballot, Moshood K. O. Abiola, fled to London as a result of death threats.

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