July 10, 1993 |
Stung by a public outcry, a Nigerian political party backed away from a deal with the nation's military dictator that would deny its candidate the presidency. Gen. Ibrahim Babangida had annulled the results of a June 12 presidential election but promised to step down Aug. 27. Unofficial results showed the election was won by billionaire financier Moshood K. O.
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.
August 10, 1993
Tension is rising in Nigeria, sub-Saharan Africa's most populous nation, where President Ibrahim Babangida triggered a political crisis by annulling the results of a June election to name his successor. An alliance of civil libertarians, women's and student groups called Campaign for Democracy has called for mass protests starting Thursday to force restoration of elected government. The call has spurred a government crackdown on the democracy activists. Babangida has set an Aug.
August 24, 1993
Will he or won't he? That question has gripped Nigeria, where military President Ibrahim Babangida has pledged to relinquish power to civilians by Friday. Skeptical labor unions are threatening action if he breaks his word. The Nigeria Labor Congress, a federation of 42 unions with 3.5 million members, says it will order a strike if Babangida fails to hand over the government to Senate President Iyorchia Ayu, Nigeria's highest elected official.
November 23, 1993 |
Moshood K. O. Abiola, the Nigerian politician widely believed to have won a presidential election annulled in June, visited new military leader Sani Abacha on Monday, a senior aide to Abiola said. "We discussed the state of the country and how to bring about peace, stability and the restoration of democracy," said Jonathan Zwingina, who accompanied Abiola. Abiola has not commented on Gen. Abacha's takeover last Wednesday, when interim leader Ernest Shonekan resigned.