By Emeka Obasi
It was six days after Yuletide in 1983. President Shehu Shagari was in Abuja on holidays and waiting for the New Year. Brigadier Ibrahim Bako and Lt.Col. Tunde Ogbeha arrived on a different mission.
Shagari was overthrown but not without resistance by Captain Augustine Anyogo of the Brigade of Guards under Brigadier Mohammed Kaliel. Bako lost his life in the process.
Saraki, El-Rufa’i, others condole Shagari’s family
The Beret Boys took over and announced Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari as Head of State. The military junta stayed away from Abuja choosing to remain at Dodan Barracks, Lagos.
In what the French would call, quid pro quo, Buhari was toppled on August 27, 1985, by his Army Chief, Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, while celebrating the muslim holidays. Remember Shagari was on holidays when he was sacked in 1983; parade ground wearing the uniform of a Navy rear admiral.
Babangida also stayed away from Abuja in his first year. However, he decided to…