Military dictatorship in Nigeria
The military dictatorship in Nigeria was a period when members of the Nigerian Armed Forces seized power in Nigeria from 1966 to 1999 with an interregnum from 1979 to 1983. The military was able to rise to power often with the tacit support of the elite through coup d'ètats. Since the country became a republic in 1963, there has been a series of military coups in Nigeria.
Republic of Nigerianote
Federal Republic of Nigeria
|Motto: "Peace, Unity, Freedom"|
"Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress"
|Anthem: Nigeria, We Hail Thee|
Arise, O Compatriots
|Common languages||English · Hausa · Igbo · Yoruba and other regional languages|
|Religion||Islam · Christianity · Traditional beliefs|
|Government||Unitary republic under military dictatorship|
(15 January 1966 – 31 August 1966)
Federal republic under military dictatorship
|Head of State/ President|
|Chief of Staff/ Vice President|
|Legislature||None (Rule by decree)|
|Historical era||Cold War|
|15 January 1966|
• Unification Decree
|24 May 1966|
|28 July 1966|
• Federal system restored
|31 August 1966|
|30 May 1967|
|30 July 1975|
|13 February 1976|
|1 October 1979|
|31 December 1983|
|27 August 1985|
|17 November 1993|
|29 May 1999|
|1991||923,768 km2 (356,669 sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (WAT)|
|Driving side||left (until 2 April 1972)|
|ISO 3166 code||NG|
|Today part of||Nigeria|
The military dictatorship in Nigeria began with the coup d'état of 1966 which was planned and executed by a group of revolutionary Nigerian nationalist officers started as a small rebellion military cell under Emmanuel Ifeajuna, which included Major Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu who was the face of the coup attempt, which involved five other army majors: Timothy Onwuatuegwu, Chris Anuforo, Don Okafor, Adewale Ademoyega and Humphrey Chukwuka, it operated as a clandestine movement of junior officers during the post-independence period of 1960–1966. The plot received support from left-wing intellectuals, who rejected conservative elements in society, like the traditional establishment of Northern Nigeria and sought to overthrow the First Nigerian Republic.
General Yakubu Gowon
Major General Muhammadu Buhari
General Ibrahim Babangida
General Abdulsalam Abubakar
Brigadier (later General) Murtala Mohammed succeeded Gowon. Months later, in February 1976, Mohammed was assassinated by Buka Suka Dimka and others in a violent coup attempt. The plotters failed to kill Olusẹgun Ọbasanjọ, who then succeeded Mohammed as head of state. The Supreme Military Council was formally dissolved when Ọbasanjọ handed power to the elected Shehu Shagari, ending the military regime and establishing a Nigerian Second Republic.
The Second Republic was overthrown in the 1983 Nigerian coup d'état and succeeded by Muhammadu Buhari, who was established a new Supreme Military Council of Nigeria as Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. Buhari ruled for two years, until the 1985 Nigerian coup d'état, when he was overthrown by General Ibrahim Babangida.
General Ibrahim Babangida was promulgated as the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and established the Armed Forces Ruling Council. His rule was the longest serving in peacetime and his administration typified the military dictatorships of the 20th century. Babangida promised a return of democracy when he seized power, but he ruled Nigeria for eight years, when he temporarily handed power to the interim head of state Ernest Shonekan in 1993.
Transition to democracyEdit
After Abacha's death in 1998, General Abdulsalami Abubakar took over and ruled until Olusẹgun Ọbasanjọ again became head of state (via the 1999 presidential election), ending the junta and establishing the Fourth Nigerian Republic.
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