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Today in History: A change of government was announced

by Isiyaku Ahmed
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August 27 Change of Government

By Emmanuel Gandu

“Fellow Nigerians, I, Major General Ibrahim Babangida …….”

“When in December 1983, the former military leadership headed by Major General Muhammadu Buhari assumed the reins of government, its accession was heralded in the history of this country. With the nation at the mercy of political misdirection and on the brink of economic collapse, a new sense of hope was created in the minds of every Nigerian.”

“Since January 1984, however, we have witnessed a systematic denigration of that hope.”

“The present state of uncertainty, suppression, and stagnation makes our dedication to the cause of ensuring that our nation remains a united entity.”

“Regrettably, it turned out that Major General Muhammadu Buhari was too rigid and uncompromising in his attitude to issues of National significance.”

“Efforts to make him understand that a diverse polity like Nigeria requires recognition and appreciation of differences in both cultural and individual perception only served to aggravate these attitudes.”

(1) “…our nation had never recorded the degree of indiscipline and corruption as in the period between October 1979 and December 1983.”

(2) “….. The Public Officers Protection Against False Accusation Decree 4 is hereby repealed.”

(3) “The responsibility of the media to disseminate information shall be exercised without due hindrance.”

(4) “….we have not witnessed any significant changes in the National economy.”

Contrary to expectations, we have so far been subjected to a steady deterioration in the general standard of living.”

(5) “Intolerable suffering by the ordinary Nigerians have risen higher.”

(6) “Scarcity of commodities has increased.”

(7) ” Hospitals still remain mere consulting clinics.”

(8) “Educational institutions are on the brink of decay.”

(9) “Unemployment has stretched to critical dimensions.”

(10) The present situation where 44 per cent of our revenue earnings is utilised to service debts is not realistic.”

(11) “There is a decrease of our domestic production, while our population Continue to increase.”

(12) “There is a grossly unequal gap between the rich and the poor.”

(13) “Fellow Nigerians, our human potentials have been neglected, our natural resources put to a waste.”

(14) “A phenomenon of constant insecurity and overbearing uncertainty has become characteristic of our national existence.”

(15) “Our government is determined to unite this country.”

” THIS generation of Nigerians and indeed future generations have no other country but Nigeria. We must all stay and salvage it together.”

“I thank you all for your co-operation and understanding.”

“God bless Nigeria.”

This is an excerpt from the text of Major General Ibrahim Babangida’s military coup speech announcement of the overthrow of Head of State Major General Muhammadu Buhari on 27th August 1985.

Brigadier Joshua Nimyel Dogonyaro first came on air on National radio to introduce Babangida as the leader of the coup and the new Head of State and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces.


(1) Compare the above 15 listed reasons for the military coup in 1985 and the prevailing situation of Nigeria today.

(2) It is now getting over 37 years since that coup took place.

Has Muhammadu Buhari done anything significantly different in the past 8 years as president of the country for the second time to make Nigeria better?

(3) Should Muhammadu Buhari come back in 2015 as president of Nigeria?

(4) Is Muhammadu Buhari jinxed, lacking leadership qualities, deliberately focused on a personal agenda, or something more than meets the eye?

(5) Does Nigeria deserve this?

(6) a. What is the role of the 8 years of APC in the mess Nigeria has been submerged into?

(6) b. Should the APC not be held accountable, and made to pay restitution for the seriously bad situation they have plunged Nigerians into?

(7) Is there hope for Nigeria?

I want to be very loyal and Obedient to whatever you think about these commentary items 1 to 7 above, and your guess is as good as mine.

Peace 🙏

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