Ibrahim Babangida: The Man who turns 83 years today “The Evil Genius” here are some fact you need to know about IBB’s regime


General Babangida, known as IBB, by others as ‘The Evil Genius’ is a Nigerian general that ruled Nigeria from 1985 to 1993 after displacing Muhammadu Buhari in a coup d’ètat. Prior to this, Babangida had served the Nigerian Army during the Nigerian Civil War; during which time he was also involved with various coups.

The years in which Babangida ruled Nigeria are regarded as a period of particular corruption amidst the political elite; it was also characterised by internal strife, including two coup attempts, and conflict among ethnic and religious in the country.

  • Born: August 17, 1941
  • Birthplace: Minna, Northern Region, British Nigeria
  • 1985-08-27 -General Ibrahim Babangida overthrows Major General Muhammadu Buhari’s regime in Nigeria..
  • 1986-06-27- Ibrahim Babangida’s regime in Nigeria launches the ‘Structural Adjustment Program” to restructure the Nigerian economy via deregulation and privatization with the support of the IMF and the World Bank
  • 1987-09-23 -Nigerian President Ibrahim Babangida creates two states: Akwa Ibom and Katisna
  • 1991-08-27 Nigerian President Ibrahim Babangida creates nine states: Abia, Enugu, Delta, Jigawa, Kebbi, Osun, Kogi, Taraba, and Yobe
  • 1993-06-23 Nigeria’s military dictator, General Ibrahim Babangida, annuls results of presidential elections and halts a return to democracy
  • 1993-08-26 Ernest Shonekan is appointed interim president of Nigeria by General Ibrahim Babangida..

One of the first actions of Major-General Ibrahim Babangida (b. 1941) as military Head of State was to allow Nigerians to decide, through public debates, whether to accept the $2.5 billion International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan the Muhammad Buhari (b. 1942) government had been negotiating for.

After the terror of the Buhari years, Nigerians appeared to have found a statesman in military uniform.


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