The last military coup took place in 1993 after General Ibrahim Babangida resigned and passed the mantle on to Chief Ernest Shonekan who became the interim president in the aftermath of Babangida's annulment of the 12 June 1993 presidential election.
His reign only lasted for three months before being overthrown by General Sani Abacha. On the November 17th, Generals Sani Abacha, Oladipo Diya, and Aliyu Gusau arrived at the Presidential Villa in Abuja with truckloads of fearsome-looking soldiers.
Following a private meeting with Chief Ernest Shonekan, He was allowed to deliver a farewell speech to the ING after 82 days of controversy, following which he was flown to Lagos.
In a nationwide broadcast following the coup, Abacha cited the stagnant nature of Shonekan's government, and him being unable to manage the democratic process in the country as a cause of his resignation. In September 1994, Abacha issued a decree that placed his government above the jurisdiction of the courts, effectively giving him absolute power. Another decree gave him the right to detain anyone for up to three months.
Abacha stayed in power until his death on 8 June 1998 at the presidential complex (Aso Villa) in Abuja.l He was succeeded by the Chief of the Defence Staff Major General Abdulsalami Abubakar as head of state.
It's been over five decades since Abacha was commissioned; and until this day, the coup legend is remembered as the first and only military head of state who never skipped a rank to become a full-star general.
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