The devastating calamity that has befallen Nigeria as a country since the colonial era is the act or the rewriting of history. Nigeria’s ruling elites have succeeded in rewriting Nigerian history by excluding themselves from the bloody path of history and rebranding themselves as Liberators.
The unscrupulous act of renaming criminals into statesmen infuriates me. Ibrahim Babangida’s 80th birthday brought many false achievements, praise and a bad story about the former head of state and his roles in Nigerian democracy.
Personalities, academics and influencers in Nigeria are trying to rewrite the gory details of Ibrahim Babangida, widely known as Maradonna.
IBB, as it is most often called, is a well-known coup and an enemy of democracy in Nigeria. He was born August 17, 1941. IBB was a military dictator who ruled Nigeria from 1985 when he staged a coup that overthrew the regime of General Muhammadu Buhari. IBB oversaw the brutal assassination of Dele Giwa, a veteran investigative journalist who exposed the crimes of IBB and his cronies. Apart from the cancellation of the June 12 elections, the massacres of dissenting voices and the enormous corruption committed by Ibrahim Babangida, what else do you know about him?
Read five revelations that I consciously expose about numerous crimes against humanity committed by the famous paralyzed statesman Ibrahim Babangida.
1. Restrictions on Freedom of Expression and the Press: Babangida crippled freedom of the press and expression as various journalists, media houses, critics and civil societies suffered from his inhuman 6-year dictatorial regime.
Three Lagos newspapers owned by John West Publications were closed in March 1991 for thirteen days for what were described as “embarrassing publications” against the corrupt military head of state IBB and his wife, regarding the Jennifer Madike case. .
William Keeling, correspondent for the British daily Financial Times, was also kicked out of Nigeria and declared persona non grata after writing an article exposing the Babangida government to failing to bring in about half of the additional five billion dollars it is said to have earned. of the rise in oil prices during the Gulf War.
Many media have been shut down and dozens of journalists have been jailed without charge. The press suffered bitterly from the clutches of Babangida’s oppression.
2. Democracy Abortion: Babangida was the army chief of staff who annulled the June 12, 1993 elections, which turned out to be the freest and fairest elections in Nigerian history. . The unofficial election result, although not declared by the National Election Commission (NEC), indicated a victory for Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), who defeated Bashir Tofa of the Republican National Convention (NRC) ). Babangida reportedly called off the June 12 elections after discovering that Abiola had won the election despite all the mechanisms he put in place to truncate the electoral process.
The hidden reason why the sworn enemy of democracy, General Maradonna, failed the Nigerian people was that Abiola’s campaign focused on economic issues, as he was a vocal critic of the structural adjustment program ( PAS) of the government that the Babangida government launched the PAS in 1986, and following the prescriptions of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, it imposed austerity measures to ensure the budgetary discipline of the state.
To interest you Tofa, the government sponsored presidential candidate, support the SAP because it has done so badly that it will focus on the effective implementation of existing economic policies when it takes power.
Note that Babangida has a closer connection to Tofa as he once suggested that Babangida remain president until 2000.
Evil genius cancels the June 12 election because of its nepotistic, tribalist, selfish and bourgeois interest.
[b]3. Brutal repression against civil rights defenders: [/b]He jailed hundreds of activists and democrats who demanded respect for human rights and democratic government. He was so tyrannical and brutal that he admitted in a news magazine that his favorite alias was “Evil Genius”.
Sometimes, in November 1991, the passport of human rights lawyer Gani Fawehinmi was seized while on his way to London for medical treatment. No official reason was given for the action.
The passport of human rights lawyer Alao Aka-Bashorun, seized in 1990, has not yet been returned.
Popular public interest advocate Femi Falana has been harassed numerous times, apparently due to her role as defense attorney for Jennifer Madike, whose case was a headache for the tyrannical regime in the United States. IBB. Femi falana was arrested on May 12, 1991, when security agents demanded to see documents used in his client’s defense.
The activist’s passport was also seized in October 1991, while he was at the airport trying to leave the country to attend a meeting of non-governmental human rights organizations from Commonwealth countries. The meeting was called to put pressure on the 1991 Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference, which was being held in Zimbabwe. He was questioned over the next two days about the Madike case and accused of being insufficiently patriotic due to his opposition to government sponsored candidacies of Nigerians for prestigious positions on the international stage.
Fela Anikulapo-Kuti has also been jailed for years for criticizing Maryam’s husband’s doctoral regime.
Babangida Maradonna has also jailed pro-democracy activists like Omoyele Sowore, Sheu Sanni and many others who have led protests to demand democracy in Nigeria.
4. Student Killings: During Babangida’s reign, thousands of students were massacred in various Nigerian universities, especially in Zaria, on the orders of the military dictator Ibrahim Babangida. The hostility of BWI military governments to university activities crippled universities across the country when university operations were halted.
In 1991, students were the target of a siege by Maradonna. The government cracked down on the student union and its leaders in May in response to an ultimatum from the Nigerian National Student Association which the government later banned.
Babangida arrested and imprisoned more than 500 students from Lagos State University (LASU), Obafemi Awolowo University (OUA), Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria and other various institutions who protested against government mismanagement of the education system.
5. Corruption: Babangida was corrupt as the former President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan. The BWI regime has constitutionalized corruption even though its 8 year regime government has found time to fight corruption. His government takes pleasure in plundering the national treasure to enrich itself, as well as its friends and family.
Ibrahim Babangida’s administration was unable to account for the Gulf War manna, estimated at $ 12.4 billion.
According to wikipedia.com, during General Ibrahim Babangida’s tenure, corruption became state policy whereby he regularly shelled out vehicles and cash gifts to gain loyalty, and the discipline of military force s’ is eroded.
The term “IBB Boys” emerged, meaning facades for the head of state in business, someone who usually carries out dirty transactions ranging from drug trafficking to money laundering and all kinds of transactions. corrupted.
Babangida lustfully enriched himself through banking, oil and import licenses as he used these favors to raise huge cash for himself and his allies.
To this day, IBB is considered the richest former head of state in Nigeria due to his magnificent mansion in Minna, Niger state, and his significant investment in Globacom, one of the largest Nigeria telecommunications operators.
I wrote this piece for this generation and the next to know that Ibrahim Babangida IBB is shrunken and cannot be deodorized. He plundered the national treasury, closed universities for several months, murdered his opponents, jailed journalists, closed several newspapers and used various government privatization initiatives to reward his friends and cronies, which ultimately gave birth to the current class. of the nouveau riche in Nigeria. Babangida is a thief who should be living in prison now if only Nigeria was ruled by good people and not by former criminals.