Africa in the Latin Style (A successful election annulled)Public Deposited
A long-running wager took place between the Babangida regime (1985-1993) and Nigerian civic, professional and political groups that the former would honor its commitment to usher in a Third Republic via free and fair elections. The June 12, 1993 elections were as free, fair and competently administered as could be expected under the circumstances. The Nigerian populace kept its part of the agreement, and so did thousands of election officials. But Babangida and other members of his junta did not. This op-ed was a plea for a last minute reversal of the catastrophic June 23 announcement annulling the elections for no justifiable reason.