It is already public knowledge that President Muhammadu Buhari was Nigeria’s military president from January 1, 1984 to August 27, 1985.
President Buhari during his days as Nigeria’s military president
Buhari’s elevation then was Nigeria’s 5th attempt at military rule which went to last for almost three decades.
While Buhari was the head of state, Late Tunde Idiagbon was then the chief of staff Supreme Headquarters (equivalent to vice president).
The military administration of Buhari was anchored on the diagnosis of indiscipline and corruption among the leaders and the led in Nigeria.
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The government proceeded to reform the Nigerian citizen through the imposition of rigid codes of moral behaviour and maintenance of public order by fiat. It was named War Against Indiscipline (WAI).
The Buhari/Idiagbon administration jailed many of the political actors of the 2nd Republic on grounds of indiscipline, corruption and profligacy.
Nineteen months after the government came to power, Buhari’s colleagues in the military struck, installing General Ibrahim Babangida as Nigeria’s 6th military head of state.
NAIJ.com lists 5 reasons why Buhari was overthrown by the Babangida-led officers as revealed by one of them in his broadcast announcing the coup to Nigerians.
1. A dictatorial lack of consultation with the ruling military colleagues
2. Gross abuse of human rights
3. Insensitivity to public feelings and disrespect to national leaders of thought
4. Abuse of power and
5. Inability to tackle the nation’s economic problem