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Olusegun Obasanjo


29 July 1975 – 13 February 1976

In October 1975, the Federal government announced plans for an election which would result in civilian rule in October 1979.

Declared also was the plans to create a committee to draft a new constitution, with Obasanjo largely responsible for selecting the 49 committee members. On the recommendation of the Irifeke Commission, the government also announced the creation of seven new states; at Obasanjo’s insistence, Abeokuta was to become the capital of one of these new states, Ogun.

Also, on the commission’s recommendation, it announced gradual plans to move the Nigerian capital from Lagos to the more central Abuja. In January 1976, both Obasanjo and Danjuma were promoted to the ranks of Lieutenant General.

Categories: Past Vice Presidents


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