IBB Steps Aside, Shonekan Takes Over

22 YEARS AGO — Public opinion turned against military “president” Ibrahim Babangida after his government had annulled the June 12, 1993, presidential election. Under pressure from his military colleagues, he offered to “step aside”.

On this day, August 26, IBB handed over power to Chief Ernest Shonekan whom he had appointed into a transitional government earlier that year. Shonekan became head of state or head of the interim national government, but not commander-in-chief of the armed forces. His regime lasted 82 days: Gen. Sani Abacha ousted him in a coup on November 17.

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