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Cabinet Members

General Sani Abacha on 25th November, 1993 named some persons as Federal Minister or member of his cabinet. They are mostly civilians that consisted of several politicians known for their opposition to military rule. These appointment appeared to be an effort to dampen international condemnation of General Sani Abacha who overthrow Chief Ernest Adegunle Shonekan and forced him to resigned on November 17, 1993. The list include subsequent cabinet reshuffle that took place before General Sani Abacha reportedly died of heart attack on June 8, 1998.

These Are General Sani Cabinet Members of Federal Executive Council:

Defence

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• General Sani Abacha

(1994 – 1998)

Attorney General and Justice

• Gabriel Olusoga Onagoruwa, SAN.

(1993 – 1994)

• Micheal Agbamuche, SAN

(1994 – 1997)

• Alhaji Abdullahi Ibrahim, SAN.

(1999 – 1999)

Communications

• Alhaji Abubakar Rimi

(1994 – 1995)

• Major General Tajudeen Olarewaju

(1995 – 1997)

• Major General Patrick Aziza

(1997)

Finance

• Kalu Idika Kalu

(1993 – 1994)

• Etubom Anthony Ani

(1994 – 1998)

Foreign Affairs

• Babagana Kingibe

(1994 – 1996)

• Tom Ikimi

(1995 – 1998)

• Etubom Anthony Ani – State

(1993 – 1998)

Science and Technology

• Dr. Laz Unaogu

(1993 – 1995)

• Major General Samuel I. Momah

(1995 – 1998)

Special Duties

• Dr. Laz Unaogu

(1995 – 1998)

Sports and Youth Development

• Chief Alex Akinyele

(1993 – 1995)

• Jim Nwobodo

(1995 – 1998)

• Air Cmdr. (Rtd) Samson Emeka Omeruah

(1998)

Health

• Dr. Dalhatu Tafida

(1993 – 1995)

• Professor Ikechukwu Madubuike – Chiedozie

(1995 – 1997)

• Rear Admiral Jubril Ayinla

(Dec. 1997 – 1998)

Agriculture

• Mallam Adamu Ciroma

(1993 – 1995)

• Ada Adoyu – State

(1993 – 1995)

• Alhaji Malami Buwai

(1995 – 1997)

• Dr. Franklin Adejuwon

(Dec. 1997)

Police Affairs

• Solomon Daushep Lar

(Nov. 1993 – 1994)

READ: Ibrahim Babangida Regime

Federal Capital Territory

• Lt. Gen. Jeremiah Timbut Useni

(1993 – 1998)

• Mariam T. Clark – State

(1995 – 1997)

Works and Housings

• Abdulateef Kayode Jakande

• Major General Abdulkareem Adisa

(1995)

• Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu – State

(Mar. 1995 – Nov. 1995)

Establishment and Management Services

• Chief (Mrs.) Alice Mobolaji Osomo

(1993 – Feb. 1995)

Internal Affairs

•  Alex Ibru

(1993 – 1995)

• Baba Gana Kingibe

(1996 – 1997)

• Alhaji Bashir Dalhatu

(1997 – 1998)

Mines & Steel

• Alhaji Bashir Dalhatu

(1993 – 1997)

• Baba Gana Kingibe

(1998)

Transport & Aviation

• Chief Ebenezer Babatope

(1993 – 1995)

• Air Vice Marshall Nsikak Eduok

(1995)

• Air Commodore Aniekan Emmanuel Ita – Udo Imeh (1996)

Information & Culture

• Dr. Walter Ibekwe Ofonagoro

(May, 1995)

Industry

• Alhaji Bamanga Muhammed Tukur

(1993 – 1995)

Commerce & Tourism

• Vice Admiral Jubril Ayinla

(1996 – 1997)

Petroleum & Mineral Resources

• Donatus Obot Etibet – Don Etiebet

(Aug. 1993 – Feb. 1995)

• Dan Etete

Mar. 20, 1995 – 98)

National Planning

• Adenike Ebun Oyagbola

(1997)

Labour & Productivity

• Senator Francis J. Ellah

(1993 – 1995)

• Senator Muhammed Uba Ahmed

(1995 – Jun. 1995)

• Brig. Gen. Samuel O. Ogbemudia (rtd.)

(Jun. 1998 – 1998)

Education

• Alhaji Dongodaji

(Jan. 1993 Jan. 1994)

• Iyorcha Ayu

(Jan. 1994 – Feb. 1995)

• Alhaji Wada Nas

(Jan. 1995 – Feb. 1995)

• Mohammed Tukur Liman

(Feb. 1995 – Dec. 1997)

• Iyabo Veronica Anisulowo

(Feb. 1997 – Dec. 1997)

• Alhaji Dauda Birmah

(Dec. 1997 – Jun. 1998)

• Dr. Rose Nkechi Achunine – State

(Dec. 1997 – Jun. 1998)

Women Affairs

• Judith Sefi Attah

(1995 – 1997)

• Dr. (Mrs.) Haju Sani

(1997 – 1998)

Stay with me because…

Some Unforgettable Happenings During The Regime of General Sani Abacha

General Sani Abacha ‘annus horribilis’ was 1995, when he brutally executed political activist and acclaimed writer Ken Saro – Wiwa (Kenule Benson Saro – Wiwa) and others whose names are: Saturday Dobee, Nordu Eawo, Daniel Gbooko, Paul Levers, Felix Naute, Baribor Beta, Barinem Kiobel and John Kpuine who were executed by hanging and buried in Port Harcourt Cemetery.

 

This happened on the eve of the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) in New Zealand, generated a highly condemnatory reaction to the ugly lack of human rights in Nigeria. Nigeria was suspended from Commonwealth, a stigma that was revisited by CHOGM when it reassembled in Edinburgh on October, 1997 and reiterated it’s condemnation of the General Sani Abacha regime.

For the first time in Africa’s history, General Sani Abacha reversed a coup d’etat and reinstalled the overthrown democratically elected President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah in Sierra Leone. Nigeria’s General Maxwell Khobe successfully flushed out the Paul Koroma Junta through the assistance of ECOMOG (Ecowas Monitoring Group).

Then nobody joke with NIGERIA, Nigeria was respected by all.

When Cameroon laid claim to the Bakassi Peninsula, General Sani Abacha quickly stationed troops there and granted it Local Government status in the Nigeria Constitution. It was protected as the territory of Nigeria until his death in June, 1998. The case was later adjudicated at the International Court of Justice on October, 2002 as brought by Cameroon.

Abacha was a four star GENERAL in the army. General Sani Abacha neither jump rank(s) nor promoted himself to reach that position. He was the second African General to be decorated with the highest Military honours by the United States of America before he became a Head of State.

In order to address the problem of dilapidated infrastructure throughout Nigeria. General Sani Abacha established the Petroleum “Special” Trust Fund (PTF) where marginal petroleum products price increase was use to repair roads, hospital, schools and other institutions. The PTF was under the Chairmanship of Major General (rtd.) Muhammadu Buhari is presently the President of Nigeria. Then, he was given free hand to operate. PTF was widely acknowledge to did well in infrastructural development and intervention programmes in health, water and education.

Based on the suggestion of Chief Moshood Kasimawo Olawale Abiola, Abaca cabinet were made up of influential and heavyweight politicians such as: Mallam Adamu Ciroma, Uba Ahmed, Solomon Lar, Anthony Ani, Iyorcha Ayu, Bamanga Muhammed Tukur who later became People Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman during the administration of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Alhaji Abubakar Rimi, Lateef Kayode Jakande, Jim Nwobodo, and host of others were appointed as ministers which quickly calmed down tension.

You won’t believe what happened next…

In January 1994, General Sani Abacha presented a budget that abandoned market reforms institutions in 1986. This made it difficult for Nigeria to negotiate for aid from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In the face of increasing foreign debt, low industrial output together with harsh autocratic rule, resentment against the military regime increased steadily. In retaliation, General Sani made known the details of his political transition programme. This was done when the Constitutional Conference was organized in May, 1994 that was widely boycotted by the pro – democracy groups. Abacha ordered the Nigeria Police to issue a strong warnings stressing that  non – governmental political activities were unlawful.

On June 11, 1994 Chief M. K. O. Abiola declared himself at the Epetedo area in Lagos as the democratically elected President of  Nigeria. He was arrested for treason which increased the rate of civil unrest in Lagos State. Due this the oil workers went on strike in support of Abiola which adversely affected Nigeria oil industry.

General Sani Abacha potrayed his government as an alliance of tough military officers and the cream of Nigeria’s political elite working together with the aim of stopping economic collapse and the slide towards ethnic conflict.

He booted out officers and compulsory retired in 1993 officers loyal to General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida. They were 17 in Army Officers (9 Brigadiers, 6 Colonels, 1 Major and 1 Captain). The biggest and popular names  in the list are : Brigadier General Halilu Akilu (former Director of Military Intelligence and National Intelligence Agency); Brigadier Raji Alagbe Rasaki (former Governor of Lagos State); Brigadier General John Shagaya ( former Commander of the 1st Division, Kaduna). Others are: Brigadier General David Mark; Brigadier General Adetunji Olurin; Lt. Col. Sambo Dasuki (the son of the powerful Islamic leader and Sultan of Sokoto, Ibrahim Dasuki); Col. Abdulmumini Aminu (first Commander of the defunct controversial National Guard). As if this wasn’t enough, another set of Army Officers were purged out in 1995.

He deposed and detained the then Sultan of Sokoto, Ibrahim Dasuki who was the father of Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd). He also went as far as placing General Olusegun Obasanjo (rtd.) under arrest.

Lest I forget, another occurrence that Nigerians cannot forget under General Sani Abacha was the importation of “foul fuel” that had an offensive odour that damaged several cars engines.

REFERENCES

https://www.encyclopedia.com/people/history/british-and-history-biographies/sani-abacha

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/obituary-general-sani-abacha-1163944.html

https://www.thecable.ng/20-things-to-remember-about-general-sani-abacha

https://onlinenigeria.com/abacha.php

https://leadership.ng/2017/11/16/remembering-abacha-regime/

Nigerians remember brutal dictator, Sani Abacha years after death: https://www.premiumtimesng.com

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