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Top 10 facts about IBB
Top 10 facts about IBB
August 17, 2016, 01:25:35 PM
Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida was born on August 17, 194. Popularly known as IBB, he is a retired Nigerian Army General who was President of Nigeria under military rule. He ruled Nigeria from August 27, 1985 to August 27, 1993 .
Today as he celebrates his 75th birthday, the man who was nicknamed the ‘evil genius’ probably because of his role in military coups, is on the lips of Nigerians again. Here are 10 interesting facts about him.
1. General Ibrhaim Babangida was a key player in most of the military coups in Nigeria. The July 1966 coup, popularly called ‘The July Rematch’, Dimka’s coup attempt of February 1976, the coup overthrowing Buhari in December 1983, the coups of August 1985 and December 1985 and the Gideon Orkar coup April 1990.
2. On 6 September 1969, he married Maryam (née King) Babangida. He lost his wife to complications of ovarian cancer on 27 December 2009. She was the first lady of Nigeria from 1985–1993.
3. General Ibrahim Babangida and General Mohammed Magoro were among the first batch of Nigerian graduates from the NMTC who attended the Indian military academy from April to September 1963.
4. IBB was involved in quelling the Nigerian coup of 1976. He liberated a radio station from one of the coup plotters, Col Buka Suka Dimka who was his close friend and stopped him from making announcements.
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5. Despite the military nature of his rule, he did set up a 17-man “Political Bureau” (the so-called Politburo) in January 1986, Babangida kicked off what was intended to be a national debate on the political way forward for Nigeria.
6. IBB was almost killed on April 22, 1990. A coup attempt led against him by Major Gideon Orkar. Babangida was at the Dodan Barracks, the military headquarters and presidential residence, when they were attacked and occupied by the rebel troops, but he managed to escape by a back route.
7. When Dele Giwa, a magazine editor who was very critical of Babangida’s administration, was killed at his Lagos home in 1986 , by a letter bomb, fingers were pointed at Babangida. It still remains a mystery to date.
8. Babangida attempted a transition to civilian rule. In 1989, he legalized the formation of political parties, and after a census was carried out in November 1991, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced on January 24, 1992 that both legislative elections to a bicameral National Assembly and a presidential election would be later that year.
9. In May 1989, Queen Elizabeth II of Britain conferred on Babangida he Knight Grand Cross of the Bath (GCB).
10. He launched his official website on August 9, 2010, where visitors can interact directly with him.
Re: Top 10 facts about IBB
August 17, 2016, 10:22:56 PM
Should we celebrate him or not? We have to decide that individually
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