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Which Nigerian Leader Did The Worst Damage To The Country?

There are names of notable Nigerian leaders who contributed in bringing the nation down to its knees in one way or the other. And my question is; who among them did the worst damage to Nigeria? Is it babangida, Obasanjo, Abacha or whoever?

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I no agree with you oh.

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This is child play. We already know the past lets think of how to make the future bright.

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Babangida is the number one disaster to befall Nigeria, he remains our only president to have been a drug baron, he programmed corruption into the average nigerian blood, he cancelled the most free and fair election, he deserved to be hanged. He is closely followed by obasanjo, even though am also from ABEOKUTA, but i know he is devil like babangida.

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Ibb! The self acclaimed EVIL GENIUS. The man spearheaded the chain of vices that lead us to the present mess as a nation. His various acts either by omission or commission allowed so much evil to thrive -CORRUPTION, POLITICAL PROSTITUTION, INDISCIPLINE IN PUBLIC OFFICES, GREED FOR POWER, he lead the country into abachas gulag which brought in its wake a ripple effect till the present. His singular act of june 12 annulment brought the nation to its knees by dragging us decades back both economically, politically and morally.

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I heard Awolowo was Gowon economic adviser?? apart from giving the advise on the blockade of biafra and striping the Ibos of their economic rights after the civil war, tru the indigenisation decree and the pantry sums given to Ibos after the war, I would like to know his other contributions during this ERA

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Gowon probably did the most damage, not only for some of his actions, but for the opportunities he squandered to put Nigeria on a path that would have positioned the country today on par with the likes of Singapore and Malaysia.

Think of it this way: A child who was damaged psychologically is most often condemned to remedial development in adulthood. No Nigerian dictator or elected head of state ruled longer than Gowon did and none had as much goodwill, cooperation and attention of Nigerians as he. What Gowon could have done is akin to what a good parent should have done for a child in his or her formative years but failed to do. Buy the time a neglected or abused child steps into his adulthood, the damage might be irreparable.

Gowon had a near-blank template on which to paint his vision of Nigeria but squandered the opportunity. Much of what ails Nigeria today could have been avoided, had Gowon acted in time to implant discipline, a culture of honesty and democratic alliance on the country at a time when Nigeria was still “moldable”.

Under Gowon, looting of the federal purse became a pastime of military governors because the skipper was too weak or unwilling to send them to the brig. Gowon’s infamous declaration in 1974 that the country had more oil money than it knew how to spend was the height of irresponsibility. It signaled to his governors and subsequent military regimes that the country's money vault was unlocked and theirs to pilfer.

Gowon could have avoided the civil war, although he shares the blame with many others including Ojukwu, and the northerners who murdered their fellow citizens by the truckload. His 1974 decision to postpone indefinitely the return to civilian rule precipitated coups and counter coups in Nigeria, 7 or 8 (am I correct?) of which would occur before the country embarked on today's decade-long democratic journey.

A modern-day legacy of Gowon’s damaging decisions is the fragmentation of the country into virtually insolvent states that depend largely on federal handouts for survival. It was a move to forestall Ojukwu’s growing influence east of the river Niger, but the rearrangement became the template subsequent military rulers used to turn the country into an unwieldy collage of beggar states (with the exception of Lagos and a couple of other states, of course).

But the most damage Gowon did to Nigeria was to sell out the Calabari and Efik’s birthright to Cameroon. He signed away the Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon as gratitude for the help Cameroon gave his government during the Biafran war. For that, he should never be forgiven by Nigerians.

As if giving away the Bakassi wasn’t bad enough, a report that came my way recently told of how Gowon gave away a 17th-century Benin-Kingdom bronze statue to the Queen of England as gratitude for the support Britain gave his government during the Biafran war. 

http://www.modernghana.com/news/264917/1/benin-bronze-given-to-queen-was-taken-from-nigeria.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/benin-bronze-given-to-queen-was-taken-from-nigerian-museum-642874.html

 

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Does anyone know the final chapter of the Bronze-Statue episode?

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Feel free to correct him where you deem fit. No need making insinuations without backing them up. Even if I do not agree with his version, I would still ask you to refute his points with yours.

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With my small pikin knowledge , IBB buried this country alived, then you take abacha. OBJ is still the best thing that happened to this country so far and he still remain the best for now , i feel sad when people count OBJ as evil simply because they dont understand the tatics of naija politics. But one oyinbo man say , there is no successful without sucession , i a sure OBJ himself will regret lifting yara dua up there cos he never continued from where Baba stopped but rather stagnant or even worse. To conclude , IBB is the No. 1 evil, he sold this country with debt, devalued our currency and yet he pumped money in circulation which leads to inflation but peolple wont understand.

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OBJ, BABANGIDA AND SHEHU SHAGARI.

Evil, wicked and corrupt minds

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@Naijaking, who is re-writing history and how?

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^^^^

A very spirited attempt to re-write history.

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@Naijaking, Ironsi taking over the helms of government had already shown lack of discipline in the military. The second coup was just a continuation of the  problem. Y did the military head of the USA not take over the government when Kennedy was assassinated? Because The US military is disciplined, they know their job isn`t to rule but to protect the American people.  Ironsi should have followed the law of the land instead of making himself president, he started the indiscipline.

Ironsi and the rest of his ruling council showed lack of discipline by not following the law of the land, making themselves unelected leaders of the country and suspending the Constitution .

Leadership in coup plots are never based on seniority, but determined by the coup planners. If Ojukwu really believed in military discipline he would never have agreed to Ironsi taking over leadership of the country and suspending/abolishing the Constitution of the land, the supreme law of the land. Where is the discipline in a military coup?

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ibb the badest of all government in this contry

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Why do you expect things to go smoothly in Nigeria today, when you lie and cover-up the obvious misdeeds of yesterday. Why do you expect junior army officers to be disciplined today when you're glorifying junior officers who turned around and assasinated the commanding officer they were supposed to be protecting with their lives yesterday. How and why do you expect things to normalize?

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you have the MOST valid argument.

you followed the money.

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For me all the presidents that took IMF loans and did nothing with it to build Nigeria (well they kept the money in their pockets) are the worst (Buhari, IBB and Abacha).

Out of all these 3 IBB did the worst damage to Nigeria. I will explain. If you are interested please read this link on IMF loans and SAP (Structural Adjustment Progmamme) - http://www.whirledbank.org/development/sap.html

IMF loans are like taking credit from loan sharks with detrimental and unacceptable interest on these loans. The loans have negative conditions/programmes which does not allow the country to develop in anyway (mordern day slavery we were sold into by our equally wicked leaders).

I quote from the link - "SAPs generally require countries to devalue their currencies against the dollar; lift import and export restrictions; balance their budgets and not overspend; and remove price controls and state subsidies. Devaluation makes their goods cheaper for foreigners to buy and theoretically makes foreign imports more expensive. In principle it should make the country wary of buying expensive foreign equipment. In practice, however, the IMF actually disrupts this by rewarding the country with a large foreign currency loan that encourages it to purchase imports. Balancing national budgets can be done by raising taxes, which the IMF frowns upon, or by cutting government spending, which it definitely recommends. As a result, SAPs often result in deep cuts in programmes like education, health and social care, and the removal of subsidies designed to control the price of basics such as food and milk. So SAPs hurt the poor most, because they depend heavily on these services and subsidies. By devaluing the currency and simultaneously removing price controls, the immediate effect of a SAP is generally to hike prices up three or four times, increasing poverty to such an extent that riots are a frequent result".

For example, look at how the currency of Nigeria started dropping in the exchange market. it all happened in 1985/1986 when IBB started implementing SAP due to IMF loans he has taken and pocketed (he didnt use any of it to develop Nigeria). These SAP implementations killed Nigeria off in the international market and literarily crippled us from any development.

See link here (look for the exchange rate history) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigerian_naira#Exchange_rate_history

Obj (even though i am not keen on him) made Nigeria the first African country to pay off their debt (Paris Club debt). That is a good thing and I can only applaud him for that. So in summary, for me IBB did the worst damage to the country.

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IBRAHIM GBADOMOSI BABAGINDA !!!!!!!!!!!

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FYI, Ironsi did not dethrone the civilian regime, the first coup plotters did. Your position is a false association of Ironsi(who was himself running for dear life) with the first coupist, many of who were Igbos.

Failure to execute the coup plotters? You should know that they had been arrested, detained and facing the judicial process when Ironsi himself was assasinated.

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In his defence, I think he was dealing with the unknown.

We are all talking out of hindsight, he was dealing with precedence.

I can only fault him for not executing the coup plotters, who despite their ideals brutally killed people they should not have killed.

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umm yeah? Agunyi Ironsi placed himself in a lose-lose situation. His taking power led to the politicization of the Nigerian army (not that the process hadn't already begun).

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1. IBB: that gap toothed demon effectively fermented our already tainted and corrupt psyches and glorified stealing in government and corporate circles alike. He embraced 419ers, sponsored drug pushers and designed the blueprint for political assassinations with dele giwa's murder. In the end everybody thought it was and still thinks its cool to steal, kids in secondary school use their pocket money to do yahoo yahoo, girls took prostitution to new heights with millions of girls now into it full time or to augment their meager earnings.

2. Obasanjo IBB's BOSS): this incestuous beast served as lackey to the caliphate in 1979 and returned in 1999 to protect their ''heritage'' by agreeing to be ''appointed''president. 1999 was the most crucial year in our history as it was an opportunity to start afresh after abacha and he made sure it was wasted by dragging us back to 1993. Before this hedonistic slug took ghana-must-go bags to bribe the national assembly in 1999 nigerians were scared to embezzle because we wanted a change.when he did that evrybody knew it was biz as usual and voila! back to square one.

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What respect for the rule of law? By giving obviously corrupt people protection?

Where was the rule of law when Ridabu was being dragged away from a graduation ceremony? Where was the rule of law when Yarafool is sick and incapacitated but did not follow reasonable process to ensure the country continues to run efficiently?

What transparency? Probably we can't see it because nothing is being done as evrything is in slow motion so not only is the wrapper transparent but the contents too.

What improved electroral process? In Ekiti?

Any which way, this is void because improvement is gradual. So you can not castigate OBJ for not having a perfect election as it takes time to achieve such in a society used to the rigging. It is a learning and adjust process that Yaradua is benefiting from. You can only give Yarafool props if he unarguably accelerated the improvements. He has not done such.

Finally.

Another one.

Was their no freedom of the press under OBJ?

Has this road been done because I don't know?

One example is not good enough for me. Are you saying Nigerian roads are now up to scratch?

Maybe. But he has established untouchables despite massive evidence against them e.g. Ibori, someone who is being prosecuted in London.

Atiku taking bribe from US. Halliburton bribe that has been silenced.

Apart from Bode George, I can't recall any other high profile prosecution.

So he is not particularly doing a good job.

He is becoming the most ineffective. His hand brakes are permanently on, no progress no regress.

And he just insulted Nigerians with his disappearance. So much for "due process".

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You have not yet answered my question.Where have you seen a coup whether succesful or not power is being handed over immediately to a civilian government that was about or was toppled?This is reality here not idealism.Do you know the level of tension and uncertainty immediately after a coup?

You think say na beans?A coup where a serving prime minister has just being assasinated?Power should just be left for the civilians?I laugh.My guy face reality and not ideal situation.

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If i may ask who should have taken power at that time after the coup?

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The content in bold refers, how did you come about the execution of coup plotters as military justice?

Information like this continues to be presented without paying attention to details.

The coup was the first coup in Nigeria under a civilian government. Under a civilian government who would execute the coup plotters? The civilian government?

We should have respects for facts and try to understand what happened rather than making blanket and sometimes very wrong statements.

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@sagamite,

if ibb did all that, what did obj do to him when he was fighting corruption in nigeria? the same obj made us to understand that abacha was the only corrupt past president. what do u think of a president who protected past corrupt leaders? if okonjo iweala was part of the developing mentality of the regime, why was she forced out of the group? where else do u see winning teams replaced? what do u think of a man who removed a well placed woman of great qualities and innovetions?

from these two names u mentioned above, the protection obj's administration gave ibb and the shameful removal of a woman of honour, u can easily know that evil was the identity of the regime.

if ibb did what u say, what did obj do to him? what name do u give to a man who protect criminals? why did obj single out abacha for persecution among other past rulers of nigeria? don't u smell a rat there?

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in our nigeria, there is only one man who had the opportunity of ruling nigeria as a military and as a civilian. this same man is the only one who must have had the opportunity of ruling nigeria two tenures of democratically arranged terms of 8yrs. this man has no comparism and this man has no reason for the present situation of poor infrastructures and good governance. the wickedness and wealth madness of our politicians skyrocketed betwenn 1999 till date courtsy of this same man.

the massacre of two different communities and the untraced killing of a serving attorney general of the federation as well as other politicians can not be compared with any other.

the unpunished show of shame displayed in anambra by the pdp as was protected by obasanjo can never find a definition in the political dictionary.

if anyone has reasons to talk corruption in any administration other than obj's, i will be on hand to mention ribadu, el rufai, late adedibu, tony annenih, chris uba etc as official thugs hired and paid by funds belonging to the masses.

the dark nature of nig today has been regreted by obj himself as a failure of his administration.

if 8 yrs is not enough to fix power supply problem in nigeria, it means we are born to die suffering.

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If Ironsi had not seized power, and had he executed the failed coup plotters (like he should have under military justice), the civil war, and the antecedent pogrom, would likely have been adverted.

Subsequent governments have shown that you dont need more than a few days to execute coup plotters. Six months was too much time.

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I shudder to think that a military ruler who was assasinated in office would be listed by you, and condemned for his actions and inactions after just 6 months in office?

No wonder, if Ironsi was the worst according to your biased analysis, then I see you jubliating with his killers that were supposed to be protecting him. If you do, how does that make us move forward as a country?

Ever wondered why Ogundipe did not replace Ironsi as the next in rank?

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Ironsi 4 sure, he set a bad precedence by introducing military dictatorship to the country and his actions or rather in action led to the present day division and mistrust amongst the ethnic groups.

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Sagamite, Umarus achievements include

1.Respect for the rule of law and the judiciary, up until Yaraduas tenure we had started to 4get dat a courts decision is final

2.Transparency in government.

3.Improved electoral process even witout an amended electoral act.

4.Better engagement with labour unions and wholistically and sincerly resolvin disputes.

5.Independence and Seperation of powers in the diff arms and levels of govt

6.Freedom of d press.

7.Improved road network, Benin lagos rd as an example.

8.Reduction in corruption as evident in the reduced scale of scandals as was d usual practice in d past.

@Alxmyr Umaru shld not be considered for d worst he is beta dan Obj,IBB nd Abacha and his tenure is yet to end. Let d parameters be d same mayb u shld just wait 4 him to preside ova d conduct of d 2011 elections den compare wit d 2003 elections

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By all standard of progression and development, Obj is the best so far.

Umaru and Abacha are the worst.

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GET IT RIGHT, OBJ ARCHIVED THE MOST SUCCESS FOR NIGERIA TILL DATE

AND ALSO SOME FAILURE

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Ironsi - he shouldnt have taken over power.

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What are you saying? Are you saying other leaders did better than OBJ in "Electoral process in dis country, rule of law, militancy in d Niger Delta, the economy" etc?

Was it during OBJ's time that debt to pensioners arised or was it inherited by him? You want him to go and rob a bank to pay the debts?

You want him to take over in 1999 and solve the decay of the education under 2 years?

You expect there not to be upheaval and protest during significant change by people that are used to lawlessness and self-interest over collective ones?

You are coming with things that just shows your arguments are sentimental. Most of your arguments are things OBJ inherited.

Virtually ALL economic indicators (GNI, GDP, FDI, Budget size, Inflation etc) shot through the positive roof under OBJ.

Yaradua put a brake on ALL. Apart from ND, name ONE thing Yaradua has done.

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Worst? IBB for institutionalizing corruption and annulling the freest and fairest election ever held in Nigeria. An election where Nigerians voted for candidates irrespective of religion and ethnicity.

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@Afam wat was his position on 3rd term? The question is d worst leaders not who tried try telling us in ur opinion who was d worst and if u want u can list from worst to bad

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I heard it was IB for damaging the naira??

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I think OBJ did well compared to the other leaders in spite of his mistakes and shortcomings. No doubt he gets things done when he wants to and everyone knows his mind or positions on issues unlike the others that will say A and do B.

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Saga if Obj was d only leader we have had he can't be considered for the best because he performed woefully what was his contributions to the Electoral process in dis country, rule of law, militancy in d Niger Delta, the economy as a whole do u even realise d amount he owed pensioners on leaving office local contractors the banks he consolidated where are they today the debt buy off what impact has it had on d average Nigerian, what was his contribution to National security, freedom of d press, what did he contribute to education those who got admited 4 a 5yr prog in 2001 completed d prog in 2007 thanks to Obj vs ASUU, what did he contribute to d power sector and critical infrastructure in d country even d lagos abk thru otta was made an eyesore he was busy demolishin structures in d FCT yet how many new districts were developed how many times did we have to endure total shut down of economic activities just because of his wicked policies and u think he shld be considered 4 best president d only advantage he has over yaradua is his health, greed, loudness, ability to bully d oposition, and so on. Pls wen d history of dis nation wld be written Yaradua would be beta favored than Obj

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Azikwe was ceremonial.

Muritala ruled for only 6 months. With OBJ has deputy by the way

Dem Buhari, is arguable but I will give it to OBJ as he did not have ultimate powers and still achieved equal (if not more).

Umaru? You must be having a laff, mate.

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Saga wat is objective in comparing Obj to IBB apart frm dat Obj can never be considered 4 d best leaders in d country. The parameters have to be d same nd Obj was not beta than Buhari, he wasn't beta than Muritala he couldn't hav been beta than Azikwe so how cld he come to be considered 4 d best president even Umaru's first 3yrs has been beta dan Obj's first 3yrs

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Yep, you expected much from him and in some respect he failed.

What I mainly had a problem with is placing him as worse than IBB.

Under IBB "Andrews were checking out", under OBJ "Andrews are checking in" as the economy becomes more vibrant DUE to mostly his policies and its implementation (not just mouth). All you hear from every young Nigerian with an education now is "I want to return to Naija".

Whether you like it or not, OBJ is the BEST ever Nigerian president based on the accelerated progress we had in a wide scope of things.

That does not mean OBJ was a good or terrific president, it is just an indication of how poor our leaders have been that such a poor leader outshine all others.

All the others failed on all aspects, OBJ failed on some few that were easy to pass for someone with a 'correct', 'modern' and 'civilised' head.

Saying he is the worst because you expected much more from him like Mandela is just emotions, I do only objectivity and logic.

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@Sagamite, to whom much is given much is expected Obj being democratically elected just after coming from prison and offered d position to appease d freest and fairest election onlt to conduct 2 shams called elections sounded d deathknell to d power nd energy sector to have levelled an oil community(odi) among other things then to be compared to d IBB is a disgrace. We expected much frm him we thot he cld be our Mandela he almost made himself our Mugabe that's Y I'll consider him worse than IBB.

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