Babangida: The Real Reason I Annulled June 12


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IBB: The Real Reason I Annulled June 12

By Omololu Ogunmade, 02.05.2009

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For the first time since the annulment of June 12, 1993 presidential election won by the late business mogul, Bashorun MKO Abiola, former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida, has given a reason for the annulment. He said he was compelled to nullify the election because of security threats to the enthronement of a democratic government at the time.

Babangida made this disclosure yesterday on a TV programme, Moments with Mo, anchored by Mo Abudu and broadcast on MNet channel of DSTV.

Babangida, who described the annulment as “unfortunate” and revealed that he would launch a book on the saga next year, said having been on the steering wheel of government at the time, he and the Armed Forces Ruling Council (AFRC) knew that the new democratic government to be installed would sooner than later be toppled through another military coup deta’t, which he said his government wanted to avoid.
According to him, his regime had decided that it would be the last administration that would ascend the seat of power through coup, adding that it would make no sense to install a democratic government that would be truncated within another six months.

He, however, admitted that the June 12 presidential election was free and fair and also the best of all elections ever conducted in Nigeria’s history. “June 12 was accepted by Nigerians as the best of elections in Nigeria. It was free and fair. But unfortunately, we cancelled that election. I used the word unfortunately, for the first time. We were in government at the time and we knew the possible consequences of handing over to a democratic government. We did well that we wanted ours to be the last military coup deta’t. To be honest with you, the situation was not ripe to hand over at the time.

“Forget about the wrong things that happened in politics. The issue of security of the nation was a threat and we would have considered ourselves to have failed, if six months after handover, there was another coup. I went through coup deta’t and I survived it. We knew that there would be another coup deta’t. But not many people believed what we said. They could have allowed me to go away and then they (coup plotters) would regroup and stage another coup. This is how coups are staged – one man will always come to complain. And he will try to convince you about his complaints,” Babangida said.

He said security threats to the advent of democracy at the time culminated in fresh plans to conduct another election within another six months after June 12 annulment, with better strategy, but which he said he could not achieve as a result of the hostility which accompanied the cancellation. According to him, another election was conceived to come up in November 1993.

He revealed further that he was determined to conduct another election which culminated in the constitution of an Interim National Government (ING), which he noted was eventually toppled by a military coup staged by General Sani Abacha.

Babangida implied that what happened to the ING was eventually the fate that would have befallen the civil rule which his regime would have handed over to.

The former military president said the whole concept of his regime’s plan to hand over to a civil government was aimed at effecting a lasting change which could put paid to rigging. This notion, he said resulted in the decision to register only two political parties, the Social Demoratic Party (SDP) and the National Republican Convention (NRC). “When there are two things, you have an option – this or that or nothing. We tried to regulate the number of political parties. We knew what to do,” he said.

Babangida, who expressed fears that his revelation might put him in trouble, was not categorical about his presidential ambition come 2011. Instead, he played around it, saying he was not getting younger, adding that he would rather make himself available to make certain corrections whenever he deems fit.

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13 responses

  1. The Evil Genius? Maradona? Albeit I must say: maybe he was right; the change of king, madmen’s rejoice.
    Regards, http://danmihalache.wordpress.com

  2. what are the anticipation that there would be a mayhem due to the allowance of a democratic government. i have never seen where a peaceful result will lead to trouble . thanks.

  3. Babangida is just parambulating around the main issue..If what he said is real, as Commander in Chief he is the know of who can make coup at that time and retire them before handing over.
    The main point is that he agreed with Abacha to clear the horizon for him to govern because he did not tell Abacha to prepare for transition like others and when press ask him about that he said we are going together. We are not foolish thats why he drafted the interim govt.law that in case of exit of interim president the most senior military man should take over.
    Summarily, he knew if Abiola was declared winner, Abacha and his boys would kill him due to reneging on his promise to Abacha. We are no fools. He has left a devoius vacuum both for the country and for generation after him. Time will tell.

  4. Yes, Mr. Babangida, You rather remain silent in your BILLION DOLLAR MANSION in Mina, Niger State or you continue to insult yourself and Nigerians as well.
    As a President during the june 12, 1993 anuled election, you told the world that time that the election was not free and fair which led to the canceilliation. Today you have admitted and confessing indirectly for the atrocity you pepertrated with your fellow un-civilized, un-polished and incapacitated millitary goverments of Nigeria which officialy started from July, 30th, 1966 till today. Nigeria is a country where the wise is serving fools and humans beigns serving Animals and literates seving illitrates, and is not realy by the peoples wish but by force or else they will be a dead person or remain jobless for life. “God is watching”
    What was the need for all these confessions Mr. Babangida, after many souls had been lost for your sellfishness? Why didn’t you cancelled that election before it was casted? You sellfish wicked millitary and civillian rulers OF Nigeria believed that you could do anything in Nigeria and get out of it. Ridiculous.
    Babangida cancelled june 12 election because he learnt at the late hour that Abiola will retired his man “Sani Abacha” and his men as soon as he assumed the office as a comander in chief which will be contrary to his wish and will create a room to open up their iniquities in the eyes of the world.
    Abacha was their to took over the power from Abiola within six months in the office which is as easy as A,B,C,D. Because Abiola has every power to retire Abacha if he happened to became the comander in chief as at that time.
    The most funny thing about Nigerians who were power in both low and high places is that they thought that they are fooling the masses not knowing that they are fooling themselves because none of them had a real recognition abroad regardless of their croocked wealth.

  5. Talata Mafara | Reply

    I THINK THERE MAY BE SENSE IN WHAT HAS JUST BEEN REVEALED. THERE IS A POPULAR YORUBA SAYING THAT WHILST MAKING FRANTIC EFFORTS TO SAVE THE LIFE OF A CHICK FROM PROWLING HAWKS YET IT, THE CHICK COMPLAINS OF THE SAVIOUR TURNING HIMSELF INTO AN OBSTACLE IN THE CHICK’S SEARCH FOR FOOD AN ESSENTIAL INGREDIENT OF LIVING. NOW IF THE CHICK EATS IT MAY DIE BUT THERE IS ALSO THE CHANCE OF IT MAKING IT BACK HOME SAFELY. ON THE OTHER HAND IF THE CHICK IS NOT ALLOWED TO TAKE ITS DESTINY IN ITS OWN HANDS IT WILL DIE OF STARVATION, A MUCH WORSE SCENARIO. THERE MAY HAVE BEEN A COUP YET THERE EVENTUALLY WAS A COPUYP. PEOPLE ARE KILLLED IN NCOPUPS YUET NO SINGLE SHOT WAS FIRED. HOWEVER MANY PEOPLE DIED DURING THE REIGN OF THE DEMON GENERAL AND I HONESTLY THINK TYHE GENERAL COULD HAVE GLORIOUSLY CAPPED A FINE PERFORMANCE WITH AN OVATIONAL EXIT. ITS A SHAME BECAUSE SUCH GREAT POSITIONS OF HISTORY NEVER PRESENT THEMSELVES AS AN OPPORTUYNITY ONCE LOST. SO GENERAL THANK YOU BUT I WISH YOU HAD BEEN BOLDER AND MORE VISIONARY

  6. All I can say is that babangida is very stupid man

  7. some people decides on things & draws conclusion without reasoning. Abiola’s case as regards june 12 is beyond human actions. God was on throne to deliver Nigeria from the likes of Abiola. what do you expect from a man that has been in all the past military resumes.
    Babangida was only used by God to deliver a mandate. make una no let me talk.

  8. FELLOW NIGERIANS,HIS EXPLANATION SOUNDS INGENIOUS BUT WATERY.THE MILITARY FORMATION IS A FORMIDABLE INSTITUTION ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, NO DOUBT.
    AM AWARE THAT THIS EVIL GENIUS,GENERAL(Rtd) IBB, STILL HAS HIS BOYS AROUND EITHER IN KHAKI OR AGBADA TRYING TO PREPARE GROUND FOR HIS SAFE LANDING BACK TO ASO-ROCK. I STRONGLY BELIEVE WE HAVE TO STOP THIS ECONOMY SABOTEUR WHO DESTROYED NIGERIA’S ECONOMY AND MADE SEVERAL NIGERIANS TO FLEE THIS BLESSED LAND IN SEARCH OF THE GOLDEN FLEECE.PLEASE SAY NO TO HIS RETURN BY FORWARDING THIS TO AS MANY NIGERIANS HOME AND ABROAD.WE DON’T HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE WESTERN WORLD TO RESCUE US FROM HIM AND HIS COHORT.YOUR VOICE COUNTS!!!SAY NO TO IBB NOW!!!
    THANKS,korede_arise@yahoo.com

  9. Thank u Mr Babangida for trying to ”save”Nigeria. What a penny wise pound foolish! How do u feel when u look at Nigeria amidst your ill gotten wealth? How do u see a country with so much potential and yet wallow in poverty, unemployement, lack of basic infrastructure- schools, electricity, hospitals in sorry states, even tap water? Thanks to u and your friends.Out of selfishness and the desire to perpetuate yourself in power,u institutinalised corruption ad destroyed the economy, cancelled the freest and best election everheld in this country.That singular action led to death of thousands of Nigerians including the winner of the election and his wife. Where were u when your friend Abacha u cleared road for took over power and led the coutry through a period of brutality? I hope u are really enjoying your stolen money amidst the suffering masses. Only God can help u because your case is complicated

  10. babangida you are a real patriotic citizen citizen of Nigeria am with you and moreover Abiola is a tribal chief and as such do not cut the personality of a leader needed in a multhi-etnic society like ours.

  11. babangida you are a real patriotic citizen citizen of Nigeria am with you and moreover Abiola is a tribal chief and as such do not cut the personality of a leader needed in a multhi-etnic society like ours.

  12. We are not a kid pls dont kidding us u looking for alternative to free yourself after u finished our country(Nigeria) Babangida or what are u calling yourself no way GOD passed u

    1. Dave Obinna Udejiofor | Reply

      If wat i heard abt Abiola was tru then i now feel differently abt Jun 12.Did he at any time sponsor d burning of churches in d north?Did he ever say dat he could do witout d Igbos?

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