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Nigerian Military Rulers Who Stepped Down From Power

A military dictatorship is a dictatorship in which the military exerts complete or substantial control over political authority, and the dictator is often a high-ranked military officer. Below are military leaders who stepped down from power:

1. Ibrahim Babangida

Babangida, who has ruled Nigeria since taking power in a military coup in 1985, was pressurized to cede control to a democratic government, particularly since he annulled the results of a June 12 presidential election that was to have produced a civilian successor. The lingering June 12 crisis led to the resignation of General Babangida in August 1993.

2. Olusegun Obasanjo

Committed to restoring democracy, Obasanjo oversaw the 1979 election, after which he handed over control of Nigeria to the newly elected civilian president, Shehu Shagari.

On October 1, 1979, Shehu Shagari was sworn in as the first President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Obasanjo peacefully transferred power to Shagari, becoming the first head of state in Nigerian history to willingly step down.

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