In August 1985, the military regime of Major-General Muhammadu Buhari came to an abrupt end. He was ousted by another soldier, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, who declared himself military president. While he was celebrating his 100 days in office, Babangida granted an interview to Newswatch. Abiyamo is reproducing for your reading pleasure, the interview:
On November 22, 1985, President Ibrahim Babangida spent 105 minutes with a Newswatch team of Dele Giwa, Ray Ekpu, Dan Agbese, Yakubu Mohammed and May Ellen Ezekiel…..
During the interview, he talked about himself, the parting of ways with Buhari and Idiagbon, the challenges facing his 100-day old government and his hope for the future. Below are the excerpts as compiled then by Dele Olojede: