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Abdulsalam Abubakar


Abdulsalam Abubakar

Abacha's death was strange and totally unexpected, but the succession was fast and clear. Gen Abdulsalam Abubakar, his loyal Chief of Defence Staff, stepped immediately into his shoes as president.

Abubakar was not the most senior soldier. He even had to be promoted to the rank of full general as he took up his new appointment as president, but he was seen as a professional soldier with no political ambitions of his own. He had always been totally loyal to Abacha and had even set up the military tribunal that had tried and condemned to death Abacha's former No.2, Gen Oladipo Diya and the five other senior officers, arrested for plotting the anti-Abacha coup in December.

Gen Abubakar is seen to be an Ibrahim Babangida man. He was a classmate of the former president at Bida school and the two men have neighbouring houses in the Niger state capital, Minna. Babangida has come out strongly in support of Abubakar since Abacha's demise.

AbubakarThe inner councils of the military establishment chose Abubakar, not because he was the most obvious successor, but because he was a compromise candidate with no apparent personal political ambition of his own. He may yet be an interim choice, vulnerable to a coup if he decides that he likes power and wants to hang onto it as a military ruler. Other factions in the army may depose him if he hastens too fast towards civilian rule or is too soft over the release of detainees.

Before Abacha's sudden death, Abubakar was one of those pressing for a rapid end to military rule. Speaking at a seminar to mark Navy week, a short time before Abacha died, he said "the survival of the country depends on a rapid and peaceful transition to a lasting democracy". Clearly he then had in mind proper civilian elections according to the original timetable


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Olusola Okhiria Nee Sodunke(Newport, Newport, UK)says...

This is a great piece of history, which is dear to our hearts as people and very much appreciated.

Many thanks to the people who worked hard in the past and those who are still making efforts to keep the institution.

The labour is obviouly worth it. We are proud of you all.

A lot still to be done, with the motivation of the champions of this course, others will follow as well to maintain the institution

May God continue to keep the edifice for development of future generations to the glory of God and the benefits of our fatherland.

Joel Efiong(Calabar, Nigeria)says...

This is a great piece. The examination bodies should hire you as ICT consultant.

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