Former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, has said that his transition programme to civilian rule about 22 years ago would have been truncated if he had succumbed to pressure from some notable Nigerian politicians who pressurised him to extend his stay in office.

Abubakar, who succeeded the late Sani Abacha’s killer regime, had promised to hand over to a democratically elected civilian government after nine months in office which he did.



According to Vanguard, the former Head of State spoke at his residence in Minna, Niger State, in an interview with journalists.

“There was no pressure on me to hand over to the civilians from any quarters but on the contrary, some Nigerians especially the politicians were asking me to prolong my stay because at first when I said we were going to hand over, nobody believed where the military was going. But when they realised that we were leaving and because their fingers had been burnt twice because that was not the first time the military would be saying it was going; so the politicians hesitated to participate in the political activities.

“However, it was when they saw that we really meant business that they now came back…

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