The former Governor of Lagos Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Tuesday has relieved some parts of memories of Nigeria, saying that the Interim National Government headed by Chief Ernest Shonekan was designed to fail from the outset.
The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress made this statement during the public presentation of a book titled, “Nigeria’s Aborted 3rd Republic and the June 12 Debacle: Reporters’ Account” in Abuja.
It will be recalled that late Shonekan became the Interim President on August 27, 1993 after Babangida announced that he was “stepping aside” following the annulment of June 12 presidential election.
The Interim Government came to an end abruptly as it was toppled by late General Sani Abacha on November 17, 1993.
Represented by the Director of Media and Publicity of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, Bayo Onanuga, the National Leader of the ruling party believed the transition programme of Babangida’ was designed to fail by the powers that be.
He said, “The Third Republic was not expected to last long. Indeed of all our nation’s republics, it was the shortest: it began in January 1992 following the election of state governors in December 1991. It ended on November 17, 1993 with the Abacha coup against the Interim Government of Ernest Shonekan. This happened some five months after the annulment of the 12 June, 1993 election, won clearly by Moshood Kashimawo Abiola.
“The entire transition programme of the military administration of the time, according to discerning critics, was designed to fail. It was, they said, meant to make then military president Ibrahim Babangida succeed himself as a civilian president.”