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Last 100 Days Of Abacha Pdf 11

Last 100 Days of Abacha PDF 11

The Last 100 Days of Abacha is a book by Olusegun Adeniyi, a Nigerian journalist and former presidential spokesperson, that chronicles the political drama in Nigeria under one of Africa's most corrupt and brutal military dictatorships. The book covers the period from February to June 1998, when General Sani Abacha, who had ruled Nigeria since 1993, was planning to transform himself into a civilian president through a rigged election. The book reveals the intrigues, conspiracies, betrayals, and resistance that marked the final days of Abacha's regime, as well as the events that followed his sudden death on June 8, 1998.


The book is based on Adeniyi's personal observations and interviews with key players in the Nigerian political scene, including Abacha himself, his loyalists, his opponents, and his successors. The book also draws from official documents, media reports, and other sources to provide a comprehensive and balanced account of the turbulent era. The book is divided into 11 chapters, each focusing on a specific aspect or theme of the last 100 days of Abacha. Some of the chapters are:

  • Chapter 1: The Transition Game: This chapter examines the controversial transition programme initiated by Abacha to legitimize his stay in power and pave the way for his self-succession. The chapter exposes how Abacha manipulated the political parties, the electoral commission, the judiciary, and the media to ensure his victory at the polls.

  • Chapter 2: The Five Fingers of Death: This chapter profiles the five political parties that were created and sponsored by Abacha to endorse his candidacy. The chapter reveals the personalities, interests, and strategies behind each party, as well as their roles in the transition process.

  • Chapter 3: The Opposition: This chapter analyzes the various forms and levels of opposition to Abacha's regime, both within and outside Nigeria. The chapter highlights the activities and challenges of the pro-democracy groups, the civil society organizations, the ethnic militias, the religious leaders, and the international community in their quest to restore democracy in Nigeria.

  • Chapter 4: The Coup Plot: This chapter narrates the story of a failed coup attempt against Abacha on March 21, 1998, led by Major General Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler and later president of Nigeria. The chapter details the motives, plans, and execution of the coup, as well as its aftermath and implications for the transition programme.

  • Chapter 5: The Death Sentence: This chapter describes the fate of General Shehu Musa Yar'Adua, a former vice president and leading opposition figure, who was sentenced to death by a military tribunal for his alleged involvement in the coup plot. The chapter explores the circumstances and controversies surrounding Yar'Adua's trial, conviction, and death in prison on December 8, 1997.

  • Chapter 6: The Prisoners of Conscience: This chapter focuses on the plight of Chief Moshood Abiola, the presumed winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election, who was detained by Abacha since 1994 on charges of treason. The chapter also discusses the cases of other prominent political detainees, such as former president Olusegun Obasanjo, former governor Bola Tinubu, human rights activist Beko Ransome-Kuti, and journalist Kunle Ajibade.

  • Chapter 7: The Mystery Illness: This chapter investigates the rumors and speculations about Abacha's health condition in the last months of his life. The chapter examines the possible causes and symptoms of Abacha's illness, as well as its impact on his performance and decision-making.

  • Chapter 8: The Death Day: This chapter recounts the events of June 8, 1998, when Abacha died unexpectedly at his residence in Abuja. The chapter describes how Abacha spent his last hours, who he met with, what he ate and drank, how he collapsed and died, how his death was announced and confirmed, and how his body was buried.