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Nigeria. Return of the “Evil Genius”


GUINEA-STRIKE/Nigeria’s former military leader Ibrahim Babangida has made clear his plans to run for president in next year’s election and for “IBB”, a self-proclaimed “Evil Genius”, to take such a decision can only be a sign that he thinks it is in the bag.

If elected, a generation would have passed since he plunged Nigeria into one of its darkest spells by annulling a 1993 election which was widely regarded as fairer than some of the few before and at least some of those since.

That, and accusations that official corruption worsened under his eight year rule, certainly helped to create Babangida many more enemies, but he undoubtedly has many supporters in Nigeria and some fondly recall his time in office compared to the turmoil that followed. (Though it should be said that some in Nigeria are ready to speak in favour of late General Sani Abacha’s dictatorship.)

It could be argued that by returning to office, Babangida would have the chance to correct mistakes of which he himself has spoken.