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What Are Some Of The Things Our Past Presidents Got Right?

Am sure our past presidents got somethings right. I guess it will be a departure from all the negative stuff that we have read and heard so much of. Guys, lets see it differently.

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Murtala Muhammed for the following:

Abuja was the baby/creation of his adminstration

Clear cut programme with dates for return to civillian rule

Appointed constitution drafting commitee of eminent Nigerains to create new constution to facilitate return to civillian rule

Increased number of states from 12 to 19 in line with yearnings of most Nigerians for more states

Probed and found 10 of the 12 governors of the Gowon govt corrupt. To date, (30 years later) not one of those found corrupt has come to the press to cry out 'I'm innocnet' 'It was the work of my enemies' 'It is because I'm a xtian, muslim, from X tribe etc) as per the normal Nigerian practice.

He was very proactive in the fight for majority rule in Southern African states such as Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa. His dynamic foreign policy made Britain, U.S quake in their boots. He gave the freedom fighters financial, moral and logistical support. Nigeria became a safe haven for the nationalists and many came to study or as a home away from home. He also nationalised BP and Barclays bank to show the Brits that Nigeria was serious in its opposition to minority rule and apartheid.

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@ kobojunkie,

Those ideas would have been rejected if Buhari were to be Babangida or Obasanjo! A leader that embraces the imput of his/her deputy must be a very great man indeed! Anyway, the important thing is that some of us continue to see the good work they tried to do before babangida and his marauding gang decided to cut short their reign. Cheers!

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uummm, regardless of how bad bush is. You Can not compare his rule to that of those whom you ask information about please. Trying to right a book like that to me glorifies them in some irregular way. It is sort of like you pick up a book today speaking of the good things hitler did. No, it just does not seem like a good idea. I for one would not be interested in reading such. It is easy not to remember what good they did while in office. That is cause many of us where not directly affected in any way by the so called good they did.

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I believe at some point we found out that most of the ideas that were implemented during that time were Idiagbons and not Buhari's. I believe that also is said to be the reason why Idiagbon was targeted for assasination and not Buhari.

http://www.usafricaonline.com/IdiagbonDeparts.html

http://www.asuulag.org/about.asp

http://www.country-studies.com/nigeria/the-buhari-regime.html

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Guys I guess this thread is really getting to be very interesting. Actually am writing a piece on the achievements of past Nigerian President whether Military or civilian. Please keep the points coming but honestly I don't thnk having 2 political parties fall into that category. What we should ask ourselves is what happened to the system? IBB kinda destroyed his own legacies. whatever good any president did that we can not relate to right now is for me nothing but failure. Personally, it really baffles me how difficult it is for we humans to remember the good president did while in office. It is so easy for us to remember the negative things. Am sure this thread will be a lot easy if we are to point out the negatives. why? It is that we are negatively programmed. And its not just a Nigerian thing its a human thing. Take the case of George Bush (Sr) he is most remembered for the gulf war and Junior will definitely be remembered for Afghanistan and Iraq, i will continue this take later I need to do some catching up now.

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@ Kobojunkie:

I agree with your points. But one thing that I continue to struggle with is something that your response has exposed and that is the tendency of some of us to see that regime as Idiagbon`s. I`m not in any way disputing the fact that Idiagbon was good, but when u said, `the Idiagbon regime, `, why shouldn`t that be the Buhari regime or am I being too pedantic here ? You know, we never say the Ukiwe regime or the Diya regime; do you see my point ?

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In Nigeria, Discipline goes a long way when it comes to solving the problems in that country. The Idiagbon regime focused on tackling many of the basic problems we had in the country and helped educate people on the importance of keeping the environment clean, saying No to drugs, helping others, getting an education above all and respect. I do not know what part of the country you lived in during that time but I lived in Ikorodu and I have never seen that place as clean as it had been back then. The roads were clean, dumps were moved to central sites, stores/buildings and gutters were cleaned up, I mean it was great. Crime was a definite NO NO and those caught were severly punished. I am of the belief that if those guys had had more time, they would have gone on to tackle other problems in the country with the same discipline.

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Whether one likes it or not, Obasanjo`s decision to pay back our debts wasn`t bad at all; it was a good decision! But I don`t see the imposition of two political parties on Nigeria by Babangida as a wise thing to do. People say he is intelligent, but maybe in the criminal domain because the moment you impose two parties on a country, you`ve inadvertently decreed a one-party state as the ruling party would eventually destroy the opposition party.

But what I find very humbling was Babangida`s decision to annul the best thing he ever achieved-the conduct of a free and fair election.

Guys, that achievement was huge and praise-worthy!

What I like most was the introduction of Option A4 into our electoral system during his leadership; that was a spectacular first! But then, a crminal like him deserve no credible legacy!

I don`t know whether some of you guys would explain something to me. Why is it that whenever we talk about the positive mood that enveloped Nigeria during the Buhari-Idiagbon regime, we always think that it was all about Idiagbon? I mean, even in a democracy, a deputy or vice is only as good as his/her boss wants, why then is it that we tend to see Idiagbon as the main engineer of that disciplined regime and not Buhari ?

There is no doubt that they ( Buhari and Idiagbon ) were the best thing that ever happened to our country;they truly gave hope to Nigeria! Certain things were not just possible during their leadership- regardless of your status. Discipline was the order of the day and that was nice to see. They firmly planted it in our psychology that Nigeria must always come first in our consideration. They were simply the best thing that ever happened to us!

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@ doyin i totally disagree with you, SDP & NRC might have been created under IBB's watch, the parties were as a result of years of study and policy recommendations from the NIPSS. It was not fool proof but ensured people followed the ideology more reflective of them. Compared to the tragic PDP, AD, AC or what not of today, SDP and NRC was a success story.

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OBJ- for sending a satelite, bringing gsm, making us educational and technical concious, and retiring from public power or eyes.

Idiadbon, - for bringing discipline eventhough i heard it was sometimes harsh.

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hahahaha

Davidylan. Yes both parties did have a clear philosophy, LAID OUT BY BABANGIDA HIMSELF!!!!!!!!!(I have always wondered why Nigerian military men are so concerned to show their academic credentials)

While the world was getting postmodern, the Nigerian government operated party politics based on a

defunct left-right philosophical distinction.

The idea that political parties should develop their own philosophical foundations were prolly alien to them. . .

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From what I know, we had parties like that before Babangida. I remember the PNP, PFN from the early eighties. Nothing new.

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Shollydee thanks for your reply, David thumps up! at least we are getting the who essence of this

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Babangida's creation of the SDP and NRC.

That was the first and only time Nigeria ever got party politics right! Each party had a clearly laid out philosophy . . . we had a viable opposition and there was nothing like cross-carpeting.

I was very young then but i couldnt resist following my dear old SDP!

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Doyin13,

Abacha increased the pension of civil servants. He showed us what sycophants some Nigerians can be, remember all the political parties

OBJ giving us EFCC, ICPC, GSM,paying the arrears of civil servant pension

IBB for showing us how gullible we are as a people. Have you noticed how many of our so called social crusader he has exposed to us as hypocrites. Olu Falae, Prof.

I agree with you on Idiagbon

and so much more

the whole idea is not to justify them or praise them, just wanna let us see things in a different way. hope wont get burned for this.

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The only guy who actually did something good was Idiagbon but we all know what happened to that rule. If you are sure they all got at least one thing right, please let us know what it is cause I am stomped.

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