We Need An Abdulsalami Now More Than Ever

Ben Murray-Bruce

Today (Wednesday June 14, 2017), my friend and big brother, General Abdulsalami Abubakar celebrates his 75th birthday and I felicitate with him. There are many elder statesmen who like to pride themselves as being the father of Nigeria’s democracy, but that title actually belongs to General Abubakar, a man so modest and humble that he has never sought that honor which by right belongs to him.

Those who are old enough to remember, will recollect how starkly divided Nigeria was on June 9, 1998 when then Lt. General Abubakar emerged the head of state to succeed General Sani Abacha.

The Southwest was on the verge of secession and the rest of the country was on edge because of Abacha’s determination to succeed himself thus continuing his usurpation of Chief MKO Abiola’s mandate. Our prisons and detention centers were full of real and imagined enemies of the Abacha regime and the…

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