General Olusegun Obasanjo became the Military Head of State in 1976 after the assassination of General Murtala Mohammed and he spent three years in office before Shehu Shagari took over on October 1, 1979. General Sani Abacha led a palace coup that overthrew Chief Ernest Shonekan who was appointed by Babangida as interim president on August 26, 1993 and had only spent three (3) months in office.
On 19th September 1996, during the regime of the late Sani Abacha in the city of Owerri ( Imo state), an innocent 11 year old boy named Anthony Ikechukwu Okoronkwo, was murdered for ritual purposes. The little boy was hawking boiled groundnuts, which was his daily routine, when he got to Amakohia area of Owerri, his eyes lit up with joy when a ‘customer’ beckoned on him to approach.
It was in 1993 that General Sani Abacha overthrew a transitional government of Ernest Shonekan and became the Head of State of Nigeria. General Sani Abacha then issued a decree that gave him absolute authority over the Jurisdiction of Law Courts within the country. He also made a decree to imprison any subject for about three months without a trial.
The coup of December 31, 1983, overthrew the government of Shehu Shagari. Major General Muhammadu Buhari was made the Head of State. Sani Abacha, a major, announced the change of government. Buhari was known for being a stickler for discipline. He introduced the War Against Indiscipline to ensure social order in public places.
Abdusalami Abubakar was the last military Head of State to rule Nigeria. He was Head of State for only eleven months. He came to power after the death of Sani Abacha. Abdusalami's eleven months' rule is very significant in the history of Nigeria. Within this period, he planned a transition to civil rule programme which he successfully executed.
Ibrahim Babangida is a retired Nigerian Army general and politician. He served as military president of Nigeria from 1985 until his resignation in 1993. He rose through the ranks to serve from 1984 to 1985 as Chief of Army Staff. General Sani Abacha, who seized power in November 1993, proved unwilling to try to peacefully resolve the political crisis that began in June 1993, when results of a presidential election were annulled by Abacha's military predecessor, General Ibrahim Babangida.
This particular stove identified as the Abacha Stove brings back sad memories to a lot of Nigerians, especially those that were around during the regime of the former head of State Sani Abacha. Let's go down memory lane for the sake of those that are not familiar with this stove.
How the General elections crisis of 1993 made General Sani Abacha become Nigeria's Military Head-of-state
It is a well-known fact that the constitution of the Third Republic was made in 1989 through Babangida's effort to restore democratic rule in Nigeria. General Ibrahim Babangida endorsed political activities in the mid-year of 1989 and he created two political parties named: National Republic Convention (NRC) and Social Democratic Party (SDP).
As Nigeria’s Head of State, General Sani Abacha never traveled outside Nigeria. A successful coup plotter himself, Abacha reversed a military coup in Sierra Leone and reinstalled the overthrown democratically elected president Ahmad Tejan Kabbah in March 1998. Kabbah was later ousted out of power by some rebels in May 1998, after the failed military coup of March, of the same year.
On 17 November 1993, Abacha overthrew the short-lived transitional government of Chief Ernest Shonekan. Below are Prominent Nigerians Who Were Charged During The Regime Of Sani Abacha: 1. Olusegun Obasanjo Olusegun Obasanjo was accused in the alleged 1995 coup attempt by the regime of late Head of State, Sani Abacha.
Hours after President Muhammadu Buhari had made an open declaration to pardon the Nigerian foremost environmental activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa, and 8 others that were executed by the late Military Dictator, Sani Abacha, a group has kicked against the idea outrightly. President Buhari Image Credits || Punch
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed the readiness of his administration in considering the request for the grant of pardon to the late environmentalist and Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other Niger Delta activists. Ken Saro-wiwa who was known for his outspokenness and activism was executed by hanging along with eight others on November 10, 1995, by the military regime of General Sani Abacha.
A few days to mark the 26 years of his demise, President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday declared his intention to grant a post-humous state pardon to the late playwright and environmental activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa, and eight other Ogoni leaders. Image Credits || The Guardian He was an award-winning human rights activist who met his untimely death in 1995 while fighting against the environmental degradation and the survival of his people under the administration of the Military head of state, Sani Abacha.
Ken Saro-Wiwa, a writer and an activist, and eight of his kinsmen, known as the Ogoni 9, were charged with the murder of about 4 Ogoni chiefs and hanged in 1995, by the military regime of Gen. Sani Abacha. He was reportedly fighting for Ogoni land and his activism was said to have led to the deaths, for which him and 8 others were executed.
According to Abubakar Malami, the Attorney General of the Federation, President Muhammadu Buhari is utilizing the $311 million recovered from the late Nigerian dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha, to build the Second Niger Bridge, Abuja-Kano, and Lagos-Ibadan expressways. “So I think we're doing a fantastic job in terms of recovering plundered assets and putting them into programs that have a beneficial impact on people's lives,” he said.
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FG Using Abacha Loot To Build Second Niger Bridge, Others- Malami. President Muhammadu Buhari is using the recovered $311 million stolen by the late Nigerian dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha, to construct the Second Niger Bridge, Abuja-Kano, and Lagos-Ibadan expressways, Abubakar Malami, the attorney general of the federation reveals.
Douye Diri, the governor of Bayelsa State, has described former military head of state Sani Abacha as a hero to the people of the state. The Peoples Democratic Party Governor stated this while referring to the dictator's creation of the state on October 1, 1996.
The Board of Directors of Ken Saro-Wiwa Foundation (KSWF) has rejected the proposal by President Muhammadu Buhari to grant pardon to Saro-Wiwa,the late activist and other eight Ogoni activists executed by the late Military Dictator, Sani Abacha, in 1995. A statement signed for the board of directors by Dr. Owen Wiwa, asked the President to grant the earlier request for the exoneration of Saro-Wiwa and eight others made by the family of the late activist.
Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri has expressed appreciation to former Head of State, late General Sani Abacha, over the creation of the state 25 years ago on October 1, 1996. The governor said that the people of Ijaw remain grateful to the late Nigerian leader for that singular decision regardless of factors that could have hindered the state’s creation.
There are indications that the Nigerian government may soon grant a posthumous pardon to Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other Ogoni activists who were brutally executed by a former military regime 26 years ago for fighting for their people's rights. President Muhammadu Buhari gave the indication on Friday, when he received some of the land's leaders, led by His Majesty King Godwin N.K.