Bayo Onanuga “When Babangida Left Power in 1993, When Abacha Died, We were Very Happy”

Bayo Onanuga "When Babangida Left Power in 1993, When Abacha Died, We were Very Happy"The Special Advisor on Information and Strategy to President Bola Tinubu, Bayo Onanuga, has provided insights into his work with other journalists in ending the military rule of former tyrants Sani Abacha and Ibrahim Babangida. Onanuga discussed key events during Abacha’s leadership from 1993 to 1998 and Babangida’s eight-year dictatorship from 1985 to 1993 on the “Mic On Podcast” with Channels TV host Seun Okinbaloye. CONTINUE FULL READING>>>>>

According to Punch, Onanuga, who was an editor at the defunct African Concord magazine, reflected on his journalistic endeavors.

He emphasized, “At that time, my journalism was centered on looking at people at the center point of issues rather than just looking at issues. So, if Babangida was messing up in those days, we tried to question him, not looking at issues.”

Onanuga highlighted the collective effort of journalists to advocate for democracy and accountability, even at personal sacrifice.

Regarding whether his aim as a journalist was fulfilled, he replied, “Of course. I think at the end of the day, when the military left power, even when Babangida left power in 1993, I think we were very happy that at least we succeeded in pushing him out.”

“And when Abacha took over and we found that he wasn’t ready to allow democracy to reign, we also began a new round of struggle, and when he died, we were very happy that he died.”

Discussing his departure from African Concord over disagreements with Chief MKO Abiola regarding a publication critical of Babangida’s regime, Onanuga reaffirmed his dedication to principled journalism.

He emphasized the importance of maintaining integrity and not appeasing those in power, despite potential repercussions.

Reflecting on his encounters with authorities during turbulent times, he noted a contrast between public perception and his journalistic resolve. He emphasized the dual nature of his persona, characterized by outward gentleness but backed by the potency of his written words. CONTINUE FULL READING>>>>>

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