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From Citizen To General, A Tribute

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General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida Rtd, the former head of state is the longest serving military President in Nigeria. Born into the family of Alhaji Mohammad And Aisha in Niger State, Babangida had his education in Government college Bida, Niger state. He joined the army in 1962 where he was trained in the Nigerian Military Training College (NDA now) and graduated in 1963 with a rank of second lieutenant.

Babangida had his military training both in Nigeria and abroad. He attended the Indian military academy in 1963 alongside Garba Duba and Ibrahim Sadau both from NMTC.

Maradona, as he’s fondly called by the Nigerian press did so many remarkable things within the period he steered the affairs of Nigeria as the 8th head of State. The history of Nigeria can not be completed without paying tribute to his contributions and achievements to the socio-economic development of Nigeria. While he was in power, he established a lot of agencies and constructed so many bridges and fixed a lot of roads across the country. Constructed the Toja bridge in Kebbi. Maradona also created the Jibia water treatment plant and the Challawa dam in Kano.

Babangida equally had the third mainland bridge commissioned in 1990, as the longest bridge in Africa, connecting Lagos island to the main land. Although, in 1996, another bridge called 6th October was completed in Cairo, making it the most longest bridge in Africa.  Some of the numerous achievements of President Babangida are;

•Establishment of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency ( NDLEA )

•Establishment of the Nigeria Agricultural Land Development Authority ( NALDA )

•Establishment of the Federal Road Safety Commission.

•Establishment of the National Productivity Centre.

•Establishment of the National Economic Reconstruction Fund ( NERFUND )

•Establishment of the National Political Bureau.

•Establishment of the Directorate of Foods, Roads and Rural Infrastructure ( DFRRI )

•Establishment of the Centre for Democratic Studies.

•Introduction of Structural Adjustment Program ( SAP )

•Introduction of Civil Service Reforms.

•Creation of New Local Government Systems.

•Creation of 136 local government councils ( NLGAS )

•Creation of Export Processing Zone.

•Creation of the Presidency.

•Creation of 11 New States.

•Introduction of Political Transition Program.

•Introduction of Primary Health Care.

And others too numerous to mention here. Under his regime, eleven more states were created with Akwa Ibom and Katsina States in 1987, and Abia, Enugu, Delta, Jigawa, Kebbi, Osun, Kogi, Taraba and Yobe in 1991, bringing the total number of states in Nigeria to thirty (30).

While I was growing up as a kid, I heard a lot about the fearless General from my late father who knew him personally. Not only my dad says good about Babangida, but Nigerians as well. And interestingly, all I heard about him manifested when I finally visited him in November this year at his residence in Minna, Niger State.

Because of his courageous act of bravery, Babangida was admitted into the supreme military Council (SMC) during the administration of General Murtala Mohammed, making him the most junior officer in the highest ruling authority. His role in foiling Dimka’s led coup against General Murtala brought his fame and wider recognition and respect in and out of the military. He was able to successfully dislodge armed Dimka from the broadcasting House unarmed and without shedding any blood.

In 1986, General Babangida launched the structural adjustment program (SAP). A program geared to reduce dependence on the external sector and eliminate price distortions induced by an overvalued currency, and among the policies of SAP are;

1. Deregulation of the agricultural sector to include abortion of marketing boards and elimination of price controls.

2. Privatization of public enterprises.

3. Devaluation of the Nigerian Naira to improve the competitiveness of the export sector.

4. Relaxation of restraints on foreign investment put in place by the Gowon and Obasanjo governments during the 1970s. And many others

Between 1986 and 1988, these policies were executed as intended by the international monetary fund (IMF) and the Nigerian economy actually did grow as had been hoped, with the export sector performing well.

Another remarkable achievement recorded by General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida was the relocation of Nigeria’s Capital from Lagos to Abuja, been the centre of the country. Though, the idea was not supported by most of the people from Lagos, Yoruba particularly, but on December 12, 1991, Babangida with the support of the then Chief of Defence staff Genaral Abacha were able to completely relocate the activities of the government to Abuja.

 The idea of moving the capital from Lagos to Abuja on ground of security, over population, lack of land for exportation, neutrality, purpose and an expression of Independence was initiated by the military government of General Murtala Mohammed in 1957 when a panel of 7 men was set up to examine the issue of a new capital city for Nigeria under the chairmanship of Dr Akinola Aguda. The panel recommended Abuja.

As a result of his numerous achievements, Madonna university in Anambra State conferred him with an honorary doctorate degree. It’s interesting to know that Babangida’s administration enacted the law for the establishment of private universities to exist side by side with those of the Federal and state governments.

The fearless military officer is endowed with a high sense of charm and generosity. The abundance of care, compassion and sympathy in him is second to none. He is always willing to offer a helping hand to the needy ones irrespective of their tribe, religion or political affiliation. His popularity back in school ( both primary and secondary) earned him the position of Head boy in his final year. Maradona was undoubtedly an intelligent military officer who rose from junior officer to the most exalted rank of a General within a short period of time.

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  1. Emeka Davis

    July 17, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    good stuff. I will make sure to bookmark your blog.

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