November 4, 1985 |
Tunji Braithwaite, a radical lawyer and former presidential candidate, Sunday called for an end to military rule and a return to democracy in Nigeria. It was one of the first challenges to the military government of Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, who seized power in a coup just over two months ago.
June 12, 1993 |
The Nigerian presidential election, the first in a decade in Africa's most populous country, will go ahead today as planned despite a court ruling ordering a postponement, officials said Friday. The United States earlier had told Nigeria, a key African ally and oil supplier, that it would be gravely concerned by any further delay in the return to civilian rule.
January 7, 1988 |
Hundreds of South African expatriates denounced British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's opposition to sanctions against Pretoria today, burning a British flag and branding her "Mother Apartheid" as she arrived in Nigeria. President Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, who has called for tougher sanctions against Pretoria, told Thatcher he hoped Britain would play a leading role in settling the political conflict in South Africa.
November 11, 1993 |
A federal judge ruled that the interim government appointed by military dictator Ibrahim Babangida is illegal. Hundreds of people cheered their approval outside the courthouse, but it was unclear if the ruling will have any impact. The crisis triggered by Babangida's voiding of the results of a June presidential election has been accompanied by many court rulings for and against the military-backed government, with none seeming to carry weight.
November 20, 1993 |
Military commanders began taking over from elected civilian governors as Nigeria's new dictator followed through on his decision to sweep away all traces of democracy. Gen. Sani Abacha ousted the civilian government of Ernest Shonekan, then dissolved the 30 state governments, the federal legislature and all local councils. That effectively dismantled nearly a decade of progress toward a system of elected government made under former dictator Gen.
June 26, 1993 |
Criticized for voiding national elections, Nigeria's military dictator said that a new president will be sworn in Aug. 27 as previously planned. But critics of Gen. Ibrahim Babangida remained skeptical that he would give up the power he seized in a 1985 coup and might be trying to buy time to avoid threatened cutoffs in foreign aid. Babangida would not say who would be the new president or whether it would be one of the candidates who ran in the elections.
July 17, 1993 |
The military government secretly organized the lawsuits that derailed the June 12 elections so the army could keep power, a top official with the group that filed the suits said. The stunning disclosure bolstered critics who have contended that the military ruler, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, was orchestrating political chaos to keep from stepping down Aug. 27 as promised. Abimola Davis, No.
March 16, 1990 |
Britain's Prince Charles and his wife, Diana, arrived Thursday for a five-day visit to strengthen relations with Nigeria, its former colonial power. The couple were welcomed to the capital of Africa's most populous nation by Adm. Augustus Aikhomu, second in command in Gen. Ibrahim Babangida's military government. The Princess of Wales looked cool in a green dress as she stepped into the West African heat. The visitors were driven to State House, where Babangida was giving them a state banquet.