Overthrow of Buhari: IBB Promoted Indiscipline Among Soldiers, Says Bamaiyi

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A former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ishaya Bamaiyi (retd.), has blamed a former military dictator, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (retd.), for the indiscipline in the armed forces.

Bamaiyi, in his new book, Vindication of a General, said a former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd.), was the first Nigerian leader to encounter the problem of indiscipline in the armed forces.

He said that Gowon, however, made efforts to restore discipline in the armed forces.

“The efforts were successful until 1985, when General Babangida overthrew General Buhari and declared himself President,” Bamaiyi stated.

Bamaiyi also explained how Buhari’s removal by Babangida brought back indiscipline into the armed forces.

He stated, “I was then the Commander Officer Guards Battalion, Keffi. The unit was in charge of security for Abuja, and it handled General Buhari’s security anytime he was in Abuja. Discipline was thrown to the winds when General Babangida used majors to arrest Gen. Buhari, a head of state and a major general.

 “These majors had known Babangida at the Defence Academy, and he mostly influenced their postings to the armoured corps. It was bad enough that junior officers were used to arrest a head of state, a major general, but these same majors were compensated by being appointed as military governors.”

According to him, under IBB, majors and lieutenant colonels were posted to states which were supposed to be governed by major generals and brigadiers.

Culled from Punch

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