Nigeria’s former military president, Ibrahim Babangida has on Sunday lavished encomium on late dictator, Sani Abacha, who ruled the country between 1993 and 1998.
Speaking during an interview with pressmen in Minna, Niger State, to commemorate his 74th birthday, Gen Babangida, said that Abacha and some loyal officers actually saved his life during the Orkar coup of 1990; THE CABLE reports.
He said, ”May God bless Sani Abacha. Sani Abacha was the chief of army staff (during the time of the coup attempt), he got in touch with me and we sat down and spoke on what we were going to do. Abacha and I rallied round the loyal troops and then I left my state house and joined Abacha in his house.
”Some officers and men loyal to me insisted and took me out of Dodan Barracks to a safe house where we met other officers and men.”
According to him, during the coup which took place on April 22, 1990, Orkar and his men seized the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) and various military posts around Lagos. They also took control of Dodan Barracks, then the presidential residence. Babangida was present when the barracks was attacked but he managed to escape through a back route.
In his coup address, Orkar called for the consideration of an excision of six northern states.
However, the coup failed and Orkar was executed on July 27 of that same year.
The General said he is glad to be alive up till this moment despite having experienced different stages in his career, particularly fighting in the civil war.