February 16, 1999 |
A former military ruler--and political prisoner--was named the presidential nominee from Nigeria's most prominent political party Monday, putting him in a strong position to lead the nation's latest attempt at democratic rule. Olusegun Obasanjo, who ruled Nigeria for three years before relinquishing power to an elected government in 1979, was named the candidate from the People's Democratic Party, which has won key victories in local government and state elections since December.
May 9, 1998 |
The military junta has arrested the leader of a human rights group that led several recent protests against the regime. Olisa Agbakoba, chairman of United Action for Democracy, was seized by police at the international airport in Lagos upon his return from Ghana, the group said in a statement. Police declined to comment. The group claimed responsibility for an anti-government protest in the southwestern city of Ibadan last week that left seven people dead and dozens of cars and homes burned.
July 31, 1994 |
The Rev. Jesse Jackson returned Saturday from a White House-backed mission to Nigeria and called on President Clinton to appoint a special envoy to help resolve an increasingly violent political deadlock in that oil-rich West African nation. He called it a "combustible situation that may soon lead to civil war."
July 23, 1994 |
Over breakfast at his sprawling home in Nigeria a few months ago, Moshood K.O. Abiola ruminated on his embattled political strategy. The multimillionaire had been chosen Nigeria's president in a free and fair election last year. But when the vote was annulled by the military, Abiola, fearing a blood bath, opted to avoid confrontation. His decision left the democracy movement in tatters. "I'm a politician," he explained at the time, pausing to wipe sweat from his brow, "not a guerrilla leader."
July 7, 1993 |
At least 11 people were reported killed in Lagos as tens of thousands of people set fires and blocked roads to demand an end to military dictatorship. It was the first report of deaths since Lagos protesters began pressuring the government on Monday to recognize the annulled June 12 presidential election that was to end a decade of military rule. The reported winner, businessman Moshood K. O. Abiola, appealed to people to resist the dictatorship of Gen.
April 18, 1998 |
Shortly after nominating dictator Gen. Sani Abacha for president, Nigeria's largest government-backed political party insisted that he resign from the military before campaigning, news reports said Friday. "We are talking about a transition to democracy," Gbazuagu N'Gbazuagu, secretary of the United Nigeria Congress Party, said in an interview carried Friday in Lagos newspapers. "We will not, I repeat, we will not support his being in uniform to contest" the presidency.