August 30, 1985
Nigeria's new military leaders lifted a dusk-to-dawn curfew, reopened airports and restored telecommunications links, freed 25 political prisoners and set up a committee to screen others for release. The capital, Lagos, remained peaceful in the wake of Tuesday's coup that ousted Maj. Gen. Mohammed Buhari. The new leader, Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, named a 28-member Armed Forces Ruling Council.
August 27, 1993 |
Gen. Ibrahim Babangida stepped down as Nigeria's president and military commander Thursday, handing power to a mostly civilian government he cobbled together in the final hours of his eight-year dictatorship. While the government is supposed to rule only until elections next year, the changeover nevertheless fell short of fulfilling Babangida's repeated promises to step down and hand power to an elected government.
February 15, 1986 |
A controversy over Nigeria's apparent move to join an international Islamic organization has brought fresh reminders here of the serious religious and ethnic tensions underlying Africa's most populous country. The government of Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, in power since a coup last August, appears to be in a quandary over the issue.
September 14, 1991 |
President Ibrahim Babangida will pay an official visit to the United States early next month, Vice President Augustus Aikhomu said Friday.
December 17, 1988 |
This country's military rulers Friday freed former Nigerian strongman Mohammed Buhari, detained since he was deposed in 1985, and his right-hand man Tunde Idiagbon, a spokesman for President Ibrahim Babangida said. Buhari, a major general, and Idiagbon ruled Nigeria for 20 months after overthrowing the civilian government of Shehu Shagari at the end of December, 1983.
October 1, 1986 |
A parade marking Nigeria's Independence Day was cut short today when the president, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, left the ground ahead of schedule. A senior official said the president was feeling ill but did not elaborate. Amid tight security, Babangida, 45, and senior members of the military government were driven off the parade ground shortly after the 21-gun salute.