Ibrahim Babangida Regime

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Ibrahim Babangida regime came into existence after the overthrow of Major General Muhammadu Buhari in a military coup d’etat on August 27, 1985. Major General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida became the Head of State and Commander – in – Chief of the Armed Forces. Ibrahim Babangida regime shocked Nigerians when General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida adopted the civilian title of president. According to political analyst, he did this because of his secret personal ambition known to him to transit into life president.

In this write-up I’ll share with you:

  1. Ibrahim Babangida regime comprehensive list of Armed Forces Ruling Council (AFRC) members.
  2. All Military Governors or Military Administrators appointed by Babangida.
  3. Ibrahim Babangida regime cabinet.
  4. Names of  Tripartite Committee that signed away June 12, 1993 presidential election victory.
  5. List of all of those who championed June 12, ,1993 presidential election revalidation.
  6. Count down to June 12, 1993 presidential election.
  7. Names of elected civilian governors under Ibrahim Babangida regime.
  8. All National Defence Security Council (NDSC) members and
  9. How General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida was pressured to step down.

I know what you’re thinking:

What do I gain from reading…?

This article will enable YOU to know:

(a) Ibrahim Babangida regime AFRC members, those that were later dropped, when it was reconstituted, and what triggered it.

(b) Ibrahim Babangida regime Military Administrators or Military Governors .

(c) Ibrahim Babangida regime ministers, their date of appointment and their portfolios.

(d) Ibrahim Babangida regime elected civilian governors names.

(e) Ibrahim Babangida regime: some important things that happened.

(f) People that signed away June 12, 1993 Presidential election, among others.

Ride with me!

The Armed Forces Ruling Council (AFRC)

Immediately, Major General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida seized power he quickly went ahead to consolidate his position. He deployed his power base of younger military officers who known as Langtang mafia. They derive this name from a town town in Plateau State where several military top brass originated from.

On August General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida also known as (IBB) announced the following Military Officers and Inspector General of Police as 28 member of Armed Forces Ruling Council (AFRC) that replaced Major General Muhammadu Buhari Supreme Military Council (SMC). These are the list:

1. Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces and Head of State:  General  Badamasi Babangida.

2. Chief of General Staff and Deputy Head of State:Navy Commander Ebitu Okoh Ukiwe 

3. Defence Secretary and Chairman of The Joint Chief of Staff: Major General Domkat Yah Bali.

Ibrahim Babangida regime

4. Chief of Army Staff:Major General Sani Abacha

5. Chief of Air Staff: Air Marshall Ibrahim Mahmud Alfa

6. Chief of Naval Staff:Admiral Augustus Akhabuhe Aikhomu 

7. Minister of Federal Capital Territory: Major General Mamman Jiya Vatsa.

8. Inspector General of Police:Etim Okon Iyang. 

9. GOC, 1 Mechanized Infantry Division, Kaduna:Brigadier General Peter Adomokhahi

10. GOC, 2 Mechanized Division, Ibadan:Brigadier General Yohanna Yerima kure.

11. GOC, 3 Armoured Infantry Division, Jos:Brigadier General Joshua Nimyel Dongoyaro

12. GOC, 82 Division, Enugu:Brigadier General Oladipupo Donaldson Diya

OTHER MEMBERS ARE:

 13.Commander Nigeria Army Corps of Artillery: Brigadier General Muhammed Gado Nasko

14. Commandant Training and Doctrine Command:Brigadier General Duro Ajayi

15. Commandant, Command and Staff College:Major General Paul U. Omu

16. DirectorJoint Services: Brigadier General Joseph Olayemi Oni

17.Director of Army Training and Operations:Brigadier General Abdullahi Mamman

18. Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Naval Command:Navy Commander Aloko

19. Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command:Navy Commander Murtala Nyako

20. Flag Officer Commanding, Sea Training Command:Navy Commander Mufutau Babatunde Elegbede

 21.Air officer Commanding, Tactical Air Command:Air Commodore Bayo Lawal

22. Air Officer Commanding, Air Training Command:Air Vice Marshall Muhammadu Yahaya

 23. Air officer Commanding, Logistic Command:Air Commodore Nura Imam

24. Air Commodore Larry Koinyan

25. Commander 9, Mechanized Brigade:Colonel John Shagaya

 26. Director General, Directorate of Military Intelligence: Colonel Halilu Akilu

27. Commander – Corps  of Signal: Colonel Tanko Ayuba

28. Signal Group: Colonel Raji A. Rasaki

So far I had list the members of the AFRC.  NEXT is why and how Armed Forces Ruling Council (AFRC) was reconstituted?

The inclusion of General Domkat Yah Bali, Brigadier Joshua Nimyel Dongoyaro and Colonel John Shagaya who were from the Middle Belt angered the Hausa – Fulani who dominate power block in both military and politics which they are not happy about. Babangida on his own part was also not comfortable with the overwhelming presence of Langtang Mafia in his government.

In his book titled “The prince,” Niccolo Machiavelli said:

A man who becomes prince with the help of the nobles find it difficult to maintain his position than one who does so with the help of the people. As prince, he finds himself surrounded by many who believe they are his equals.

So how did General Babangida solve this problem?

What he did shows in appointment nothing is permanent.

  1. He reshuffled his cabinet. He made five Ministers to swap portfolios. On September of that same year, he appointed new 8 Military Governors. He retained 11 others, 5 of them were posted to other states. In depth explanation of this will come up later
  2. He reconstituted the Armed Forces Ruling Council (AFRC) by trimming it membership from 28 to 19 members on February 6, 1989. After this, the Hausa – Fulani had nothing to worry about the government.

The List of The Newly  Reconstituted Armed Forces Ruling Council

The new members include:

(1) Chairman, Commander-In-Chief  of The Armed Forces and Head of States: General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida.

(2) Vice President: Admiral (rtd) Augustus A. Ahikomu.

(3) Lt. Gen. Sani Abacha

(4) Chief of Army Staff: Lt. Gen. Salihu Ibrahim

(5) Chief of Air Staff: Air Marshall Ibrahim Mahmud Alfa (1986 – 90)

(6) Air Vice Marshall Nuraini Yussuf (1990 – 1992)

(7) Air Vice Marshall Akin Dada (1992 – Sept. 1992)

(8) Air Vice Marshall Femi John Femi

Other Members Are:

(9) Chief of Naval Staff: Vice Admiral  Murtala Nyako

(10) Vice Admiral Preston Omatsola

(11) Inspector General of Police: Alhaji Muhammadu Gambo Jimeta (1986 – 90)

(12) Inspector General of Police: Alhaji Aliyu Attah (1990 – 1993)

(13) GOC, 2nd Mechanized Division, Ibadan: Maj. Gen. Joshua N. Dongoyaro

(14) GOC, 82 Division, Enugu: Brigadier Donaldson Oladipupo Diya

(15) GOC, 3rd Armoured Division, Jos: Brigadier Tunji Olurin

(16) Commander Corps of Signal: Brigadier David Mark

(17) Director-General, Directorate of Military Intelligence: Colonel Halilu Akilu

(18) Director, Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA): Vice Admiral Babatunde Mufutau Elegede

(19) Commandant, Command and Staff College, Jaji: Major General Paul Ufoma Omu

As we have seen, out of all the initial AFRC members. It was Sani Abacha, Joshua Dongoyaro, Murtala Nyako, Augustus Ahikomu and Babatunde Elegbede were the only members left when Babangida handed over power to the Interim National Government (ING) on August 26, 1993.

NEXT IS…

Military Administrators or Military Governors Appointed by General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida

On September 1985 General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida appointed the first set of Military Governors or Military Administrators. The list below also accommodate redeployment and appointment of new Military Governors in IBB regime.

Lest I forget, after the list of Military State Governors. There will be list of Civilian State Governors elected state governors that served under Ibrahim Babangida regime.

Now let’s walk through each state!

ABIA STATE

• Grp. Capt. Frank Ajobena (Aug. 1991 – Jan. 1992)

ADAMAWA STATE

• Mr. Wilson Sabiya – Administrator (Aug. 27, 1992 – Jan. 2, 1992)

AKWA IBOM

• Col. Tunde Ogbeha (Sep. 1987 – Jul. 1988)

• Col. Godwin Osagie Abbe (Jul. 1988 – Sep. 1990)

• Air Cmdr. Indogesit Nkanga (Sep. 1990 – Jan. 1992)

ANAMBRA STATE

• Grp. Capt. Samson E. Omeruah (Aug. 1985 – Dec. 1985)

• Lt. Col. Robert N. Akinonobi (Dec. 1985 – Aug. 1990)

•  Lt. Col. Herbert Obi – Eze (Aug. 1990 – Aug. 1991)

• Navy Capt. Joseph Abulu (Aug. 1991 – Jan. 1992)

BAUCHI STATE

• Col. Chris A. Garuba (Aug. 1985 – Dec. 1987)

• Col. Joshua M. Madaki (Dec. 1987 – Aug. 1990)

• Col. Abu Ali (Aug. 1990 – Jan. 1992)

BENUE STATE

• Navy Capt. Jonah David Jang (Aug. 1985 – Aug. 1986)

• Col. Yohanna A. Madaki (Aug. 1986 – Sept. 1986)

• Col. Ishaya Bakut (Sep. 1986 – 1987)

• Col. Idris Garuba (1987 – Dec. 1987)

• Lt. Col. Fidelis Makka (Dec. 1987 – Jan. 1992)

BORNO STATE

• Major Abdulmumini Aminu (Aug. 1985 – Dec. 1987)

• Col. Abdul One Mohammed (Dec. 1987 – Dec. 1989)

• Lt. Col. Mohammed Maina (Dec. 1989 – Jun. 1990)

• Col. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Jun. 1990 – Jan. 1992)

CROSS RIVER STATE

• Col. Dan Patrick Archibong (1984 – 1986)

• Navy Capt. Eben Ibim Princewell (1986 – Dec. 1989)

• Lt. Col. Ernest Attah (Dec. 1989 – Jan. 1992)

DELTA STATE

• Air Cmdr. Luke C. Ochulor (Aug. 1991 – Jan. 1992)

EDO STATE

• Col. John Mark Inienger (Sep. 1985 – Jul. 1988)

• Col. Jonathan Tunde Ogbeha (Jul. 1988 – Aug. 1990)

• John Ewerekumoh Yeri (Aug. 1990 – Aug. 1991)

ENUGU STATE

• Lt. Col. Herbert Obi – Eze (Aug. 1990 – Jan. 1992)

IMO STATE

• Navy Capt. Allison Amakoduna (Aug. 1985 – 1986)

• Navy Comm. Amadi Ikwechegh (1986 – 1990)

• Navy Cmdr. Anthony E. Ogugwo (Aug. 1990 – Jan. 1992)

JIGAWA STATE

• Col. Olayinka Sule (Aug. 1991 – Dec. 1991)

KADUNA STATE

• Major (Later Lt. Col.) Dangiwa A. Umar (Aug. 1985 – Jun. 1988)

• Col. Abdullahi Sarki Mukhtar (Jul. 1988 – Aug. 1990)

• Lt. Col. John Yahaya Madaki (Dec. 1989 – Jan. 1993)

KANO STATE

• Col. Ahmed Muhammed Daku (Aug. 1985 – Dec. 1987)

• Grp. Capt. Muhammed N. Umaru (Dec. 1987 – Jul. 1988)

• Col. Idris Garuba (Aug. 1988 – Jan. 1992)

Kaduna State

• Col. Abdullahi S. Mukhtar (Sep. 1987 – Jul. 1988)

• Col. Lawrence Onoja (Jul. 1988 – Dec. 1989)

• Lt. Col. John Yahaya Madaki (Dec. 1989 – Jan. 1992)

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KEBBI STATE

• Col. Patrick Aziza (Aug. 1991 – Jan. 1992)

KOGI STATE

• Col. Danladi Muhammed Zakari (Aug. 1991 – Jan. 1992)

KWARA STATE

• Grp. Capt. Mohammed N. Umaru (Aug. 1985 – Dec. 1987)

• Col. Ahmed Abdullahi (Dec. 1987 – Jul. 1988)

• Col. Ibrahim Alkali (Jul. 1988 – Dec. 1988)

• Col. Ibrahim Alkali (Jul. 1988 – Dec. 1989)

• Col. Alwali Kazir (Dec. 1989 – Jan. 1992)

LAGOS STATE

• Air Cmdr. Gbolahan Mudashiru (Jan. 1984 – Aug. 1986)

• Navy Capt. Micheal O. Akhigbe (1986 – 1988)

• Brig. Raji Alagbe Rasaki (1988 – Jan. 1992)

NIGER STATE

• Col. David Mark (Jan. 1984 – 1986)

• Lt. Col. Garuba Ali Mohammed (1986 – Dec. 1987)

• Major Lawan Gwadabe (Dec. 1987 – Jan. 1992)

OGUN STATE

• Col. Oladapo Popoola (Aug. 1985 – 1986)

• Col. Raji Alagbe Rasaki (1986 – Dec. 1987)

• Navy Capt. Mohammed A. Lawal (Dec. 1987 – Aug. 1990)

• Navy Capt. Oladeinde Joseph (Aug. 1990 – Jan. 1992)

ONDO STATE

• Navy Com. Micheal O. Akhigbe (Oct. 1985 – Aug. 1986)

• Col. Ekundayo Opaleye (Aug. 1986 – Dec. 1987)

• Col. Raji Alagbe Rasaki (Dec. 1987 – Jul. 1988)

• Navy Com. Olabode Ibikunle George (Sep. 1990 – Jan.1992)

OSUN STATE

• Col. Leo Segun Ajiborisha (Aug. 1991 – Jan. 1992)

OYO STATE

• Col. Adetunji Ishola Olushola (Sep. 1985 – Jul. 1988)

• Col. Sasaenia Oresanya (Jul. 1988 – Aug. 1990)

• Col. Abdulkareem Adisa (Sep. 1990 – Jan. 1992)

PLATEAU STATE

• Col. Chris Mohammed Alli (Aug. 1985 – 1986)

• Col. Lawrence A. Onoja (1986 – Jul. 1988)

• Col. Aliyu Adu Kamal (Jul. 1988 – Aug. 1990)

• Col. Joshua M. Madaki (1990 – Jan. 1992)

RIVERS STATE

• Fidelis Oyakhilome – Commissioner of Police (Jan. 1984 – Aug. 1986)

• Col. Anthony Ukpo (Aug. 1986 – Jul. 1988)

• Grp. Capt. Ernest O. Adeleye (Jul. 1988 – Aug. 1990)

• Godwin Osagie Abbe (Aug. 1990 – Jan. 1992)

SOKOTO STATE

• Col. Garuba Mohammed (Aug. 1985 – Dec. 1987)

• Col. Ahmed Muhammed Daku (1987 – Aug. 1990)

• Col. Bashir Salihi Magashi (Aug. 1990 – Dec. 1992)

TARABA STATE (former Gongola State)

• Col. Yohanna Madaki (Aug. 1985 – Aug. 1986)

• Air Com. Jonah David Jang (Aug. 1986 – Dec. 1987)

• Wg. Cmdr. Isa Mohammed (Dec. 1987 – Dec. 1989)

• Air Com. Abubakar Salihu (Dec. 1989 – Aug. 1991)

• Navy Cdmr. Adeyemi Afolayan (Aug. 1991 – Jan. 1992)

• Jolly Nyame, SDP.

(Jan. 2, 1992  – Nov. 17, 1993)

YOBE STATE

• Sani Daura Ahmed – Commissioner of Police (Aug. 1991 – Jan. 1992)

CIVILIAN STATE GOVERNORS

They were all sworn in on January 2, 1992 and left office on November 17, 1993 after General Sani Abacha overthrew Chief Ernest Shonekan Interim National Government (ING). They’re:

Party: Social Democracratic Party (SDP)

National Republican Convention (NRC)

  1. Chukwuemeka Ezeife – Anambra State – SDP.
  2. Moses Adasu – Benue State – SDP.
  3. Maina Maaji Lawal – Borno State – SDP.
  4. Felix O. Ibru – Delta State – SDP.
  5. John Odigie Oyegun – Edo State – SDP.
  6. Ali Sa’ad Birnin – Kudu – Jigawa State – SDP.
  7. Muhammed Shabba Lafiaji – Kwara State – SDP.
  8. Olusegun Osoba – Ogun State – SDP.
  9. Bamidele Olumilua – Ondo State – SDP.
  10. Isiaka Adeleke – Osun State – SDP.
  11. Kolapo Olawuyi Ishola – SDP.
  12. Fidelis Naamiap Tapgun – Plateau State.
  13. Jolly Nyame – Taraba State – SDP.
  14. Bukar Abba Ibrahim – Yobe State – SDP.
  15. Ogbonnaya Onu – Abia State – NRC.
  16. Abubakar Saleh Michika – Adamawa State – NRC.
  17. Akpan O. Isemin – Akwa Ibom State – NRC.
  18. Dahiru Mohammed – Bauchi State – NRC.
  19. Clement Ebri – Cross River State – SDP.
  20. Okwesilieze Nwodo – Enugu State – NRC.
  21. Evans Enwerem – Imo State – NRC.
  22. Mohammed Dabo Lere – Kaduna State – NRC.
  23. Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya – Kano State – NRC.
  24. Saidu Barda – Katsina State – NRC.
  25. Abubakar Musa – Kebbi State – NRC.
  26. Abubakar Audu – Kogi State – NRC.
  27. Micheal Otedola – Lagos State – NRC.
  28. Musa Inuwa – Niger State – NRC.
  29. Rufus Ada George – Rivers State – NRC.
  30. Yahaya Abdulkarim – Sokoto State – NRC.

We diligently research and continuesly update our information. Please let us know if you find any error(s).

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