See The Powerful Statement Babangida Made After Overthrowing Buhari In 1985

Unless you are not a Nigerian or you are not familiar with the history and affairs of the country, it would be impossible not to have heard of Babangida and Buhari, or even seen a picture of both of them as they are both prominent persons Nigerian history can never forget in a hurry and this is well because of the activities they did or were involved in, and that is what we are going to be looking at today without much waste of time, let’ s dive right into it, but first, let us get a better understanding of who they are.

Who Is Babangida?

Born on the 17th of August 1941, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida GCFR, commonly referred to as just simply Babangida, is a Nigerian politician and retired army general. He was Nigeria’ s military president from 1985 to 1993, when he resigned. He ascended through the ranks to become Chief of Army Staff from 1984 to 1985, and then orchestrated his takeover of power in a palace coup d’ état against Muhammad Buhari.

On December 10, 1962, Babangida enlisted in the Nigerian Army and attended the Nigerian Military Training College in Kaduna. On September 26, 1963, Babangida got his commission as a regular combatant officer as a second lieutenant in the Royal Nigerian Army (a month before it became the Nigerian Army) with the personal army number N/438 from the Indian Military Academy.

From April to September 1963, Babangida attended the Indian Military Academy. From 1964 to 1966, he was the Commanding Officer of 1 Reconnaissance Squadron. Babangida attended the Younger Officers Course at the Royal Armored Centre in the United Kingdom from January to April 1966, where he received training in gunnery and the Saladin armored car.

Lieutenant Babangida served with the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron in Kaduna, where he observed the brutal coup d’ état of 1966 that resulted in Sir Ahmadu Bello’ s assassination. He took part in the July counter- coup organized by Murtala Mohammed, which removed General Aguiyi Ironsi and replaced him with General Yakubu Gowon, along with numerous other young officers from Northern Nigeria.

Who Is Buhari?

Buhari was born on December 17, 1942, in Daura, Katsina State, to a Fulani family. His father, Mallam Hardo Adamu, was a Fulani chieftain, and his mother, Zulaihat, was of Hausa and Kanuri ancestry. He is his father’ s twenty- third kid. Buhari’ s mother was his primary caregiver. When his father died, he was just four years old. He went to Daura and Mai’ adua primary schools, Katsina Middle School in 1953, and Katsina Provincial Secondary School from 1956 to 1961.

In 2003, 2007, and 2011 respectively, Muhammad Buhari ran for President of Nigeria afterwhich He was announced as the All Progressives Congress’ presidential contender for the 2015 general election in December 2014. He further defeated incumbent President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in the election.

In Nigeria’ s history, this was the first occasion an incumbent president lost a general election. On May 29, 2015, he was sworn in. Buhari was re- elected in February 2019, defeating his closest competitor, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, by more than 3 million votes.

Haven’ t seen who they were yet, but let us now get to the news in detail.

How Babangida Overthrew Buhari

The Coup d’ etat (A coup d’ état is a term known to have been or which was derived from a French word which stands for ” state blow” . From its significance alone, one is able to know the exact meaning of the word.

The word is sometimes known as an overthrow, which is the takeover and or removal of a government and its powers completely or totally. It usually involves a political faction, the military, or a dictator seizing power violently, illegally, and unconstitutionally.

The events that occurred which led to Buhari’ s being overthrown date as far back as 1985. The Nigerian coup d’ état occurred on August 27, 1985, when a group of mid- level Armed Forces officers led by Chief of Army Staff General Ibrahim Babangida ousted the government of Major General Muhammadu Buhari (who had previously taken power in the 1983 coup d’ état).

Buhari was then imprisoned in Benin City, where he remained until 1988. Babangida defended the coup by claiming that Buhari’ s Buharism failed to address the country’ s economic difficulties, and he pledged to ” revitalize the economy wrecked by decades of government incompetence and corruption. “

The ruling Supreme Military Council (SMC) was then replaced by the Armed Forces Ruling Council (AFRC), which lasted until 1993. In 1990, the regime fended off a coup attempt.

In conclusion, in recent times, most Nigerians would still stand with Babangida if a coup d’ etat were to repeat itself, seeing how bad the economic situation is and how Buhari, who is the current president, is doing nothing about it.

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