Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Merry Go Round

For want of what to say, let's start off the New Year with HAPPY NEW YEAR (FANCY YOU HERE!), and a photo essay.


An undated photo, I reckon it was taken sometime in the late sixties or early seventies. The boyish looks of those men (except OBJ) makes me think I'm right. Three of these men would eventually go on, over a total of 30 years to (more or less through coup plots) take turns as military Heads of State of Nigeria. (Obasanjo went a step further and secured a second stint, this time as an elected (?) civilian President.)

Abacha - (the late) military head of state of Nigeria 1993 - 1998

Danjuma - Chief of Army Staff during Obasanjo's military stint in Government, 1976 - 1979, Minister of Defence in Obasanjo's first term as civilian President, 1999 - 2003

Babangida - self-styled military President of Nigeria, 1985 - 1993

Obasanjo - Head of State of Nigeria, 1976 - 1979; President of Nigeria, 1999 - 2007(?)

Decades later, the same men still playing checkers. This time, the people of Nigeria are the wooden pieces ;-)


Babangida (right); Obasanjo (third from right) at the National Council of State meeting on Tuesday.

Also in the picture are

1st from left: Buhari (military head of state 1984 - 1985, overthrown by Babangida)

2nd from left: Yakubu Gowon: military head of state 1966 - 1975, overthrown by Obasanjo and Murtala Mohammed

1st from right: Shehu Shagari, first civilian president of Nigeria, 1979 - 1983, handed over to by Obasanjo, and deposed by Buhari)

oh dear, this is beginning to sound like fiction...


Nilla said...

Happy New Year to you too!

Teva said...

happy new year BOA,
Im curious though, cant someone write a conspiracy theory to overthrow the present conspiracy in the Nigerian government???
That would be a best seller anyday!

Jaycee said...

woah...its seriously beginning to sound like fiction...

ps: had to save that old pic on my lap-top...I couldn't belive my eyes...think I'm still in shock. Hope Nigerians are not the pieces of the checkers board right now. God help us!

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