Former Nigerian military Head of State, General Ibrahim Babaginda has justified the annulment of the June 12 presidential election of 1993.
Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola (MKO) was presumed to have won the election before the annulment was made. But he was however arrested and detained for declaring himself president.
Over two decades after the incident occurred, General Ibrahim Babaginda has stated that the reasons for annuling the free and fair exercise, was to ensure a violent-free change of government.
Babaginda revealed in an interview with newsmen on Friday, August 6, 2021, that annuling the election in a “maradonic” way helped to avert a violent crisis that would have followed the outcome of the election.
“If it materialised, there would’ve been a coup d’etat — which could have been violent. That’s all I can confirm.
“It didn’t happen thanks to the engineering and the ‘maradonic’ way we handled you guys in the society. But that could’ve given room for more instability in the country’, Babaginda said.
General Ibrahim Babangida ruled Nigeria between August 27, 1985, and August 1993.
However, Five years after the election, Abiola died in detention on July 7, 1998.