By Emeka Obasi
It was six days after Yuletide in 1983. President Shehu Shagari was in Abuja on holidays and ready for the New Year. Brigadier Ibrahim Bako and Lt.Col. Tunde Ogbeha arrived on a distinct mission.
Shagari was overthrown however not with out resistance by Captain Augustine Anyogo of the Brigade of Guards under Brigadier Mohammed Kaliel. Bako lost his life within the course of.
The Beret Boys took over and introduced Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari as Head of State. The navy junta stayed away from Abuja selecting to remain at Dodan Barracks, Lagos.
In what the French would call, quid professional quo, Buhari was toppled on August 27, 1985, by his Army Chief, Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, whereas celebrating the muslim holidays. Remember Shagari was on holidays when he was sacked in 1983; parade floor carrying the uniform of a Navy rear admiral.
Babangida additionally stayed away from Abuja in his first year. However, he determined to have fun the nation’s 26th Independence anniversary there on October 1, 1986.
It turned out to be greater than drama. His second in command, Commodore Okoh Ebitu Ukiwe, excused himself from the celebrations. The Chief of General Staff [CGS] had seen a breach of protocol within the programme.
Ukiwe was relegated to the quantity three place, a step under the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, Maj. Gen. Domkat Yah Bali. IBB hit the six days later in Lagos, Ukiwe was provided the junior place of Chief of Naval Staff, held by Commodore Augustus Aikhomu. The CGS selected to resign his fee. The CNS was sworn in as the brand new CGS.
Aikhomu joined the Navy in 1958, two years before Ukiwe enlisted in 1960. Babangida turned a navy cadet as member in fact 6, Nigeria Military Training College [NMTC], Kaduna in December 1962.
On December 12, 1991,IBB hurriedly relocated the nation’s capital to Abuja. Some say, as a fall out of the Gideon Orkar-led coup of 1990, which claimed the lifetime of his ADC, Major U.K. Bello.
That fast transfer was against the suggestions of the Akinola Aguda panel that picked Abuja as the brand new Federal capital in 1976. It was meant to be a gradual course of.
Babangida first took the African Union [then OAU] Summit to Abuja in the midst of 1991. However, there was a scene when Nigerian plain-clothes commandoes brutalized one of many security aides of President Mobutu Sese Seko of Congo Democratic Republic.
All by way of Babangida’s keep in Abuja, he was not himself. It was like a drive gripped him. The normal annulled what was considered free and truthful elections which was gained by his excellent buddy, Chief Moshood Abiola.
Still bewitched, form of, Babangida determined to step apart on August 27, 1993. Only God is aware of what came to visit the overall for he didn’t plan to give up at the moment. He had assured his Service Chiefs, Salihu Ibrahim, Dan Preston Omatsola and Akin Dada, that every one was properly.
The navy chiefs have been shocked to listen to their retirement on air. Babangida had been nicknamed ‘Maradona.’ As a faculty boy footballer in Bida, he was referred to as ‘Block buster.’
Chief Ernest Shonekan stepped in. It was certainly, a ‘One Chance’ government for it was declared unlawful by Justice Dolapo Akinsanya. In this case, it was like IBB even dribbled himself.
In his bid to make amends and placate the Yoruba over June 12, Babangida used Shonekan, an Egba man from Abeokuta, like Abiola. It didn’t work. The South –West rejected the association.
Trust Babangida, he planted General Sani Abacha within the Interim Government. Shonekan was ‘castrated.’ He spent 84 days in workplace. Justice Akinsanya had dominated that Shonekan’s appointment could not stand as a result of Babangida endorsed it after he give up workplace.
Abacha had all he wanted to fire Shonekan. He selected to be civil about it. Shonekan noticed troops with lethal weapons and like a UAC gentleman, threw within the towel.
Abacha lastly had his approach. He was the one who introduced the sack of Shagari. That coup additionally cost Chief Emeka Anyaoku, his job as Foreign Affairs minister. The man was Deputy Secretary General of the Commonwealth when he was requested to come back and serve. The job was over in two months.
Abacha ‘noticed pepper’ in Abuja. I’m speaking of the man who introduced the 1983 coup. In 1995, the Commonwealth expelled Nigeria for hanging Ken Saro Wiwa. And guess who was Commonwealth Secretary General? Emeka Anyaoku.
In January 1996, Abacha lost his son, Ibrahim, in a airplane crash.
Among the lifeless was woman buddy Julie—Anne Osholukoya. Friends, Bello Dangote and Omieba Dan Princewill, additionally died.
In 1997, Chief of General Staff, Lt. Gen. Oladipo Diya, was accused of plotting to overthrow the Abacha regime. The Shagamu man from Ogun State, like Abiola, was fortunate his boss didn’t signal the death warrant.
And that was as a result of in 1998, Abacha turned the first Nigerian chief to die within the presidential Palace. Alhaji Tafawa Balewa died round Sango Otta. Gen. Thomas Aguiyi Ironsi died close to Ibadan. Murtala Mohammed died at Obalende.
Abuja had finally taken its first presidential casualty and he was Gen. Sani Abacha, the Brigadier who introduced the autumn of President Shagari in 1983.
Abacha’s successor, Gen. Abdusalami Abubakar, was fortunate to come back out alive. However, History will at all times paint him because the man who presided when Abiola died in government custody.
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo got here for the second time however lived in Abuja for the first time. He lost his wife, Stella.
President Umaru Ya’radua didn’t full his tenure. He didn’t die in Abuja. And he didn’t come out alive. Health was a problem, it was a matter of time before death occurred in Saudi Arabia.
- Goodluck Jonathan lost a brother, Mene, on his 50th birthday. His wife, Patience, underwent surgical procedures in Germany.
Today, Presiden Buhari is in Abuja and should be totally embarrassed that he’s thought to be a lifeless man dwelling as Jibril from Sudan. Unbelievable! His son, Yusuf, survived a motorcycle crash.
Now Shagari is lifeless. And Buhari is again as president, residing in Abuja.