On Monday (1 October), Nigeria returns to civilian rule after fourteen years of military government.?
On Monday (1 October), Nigeria returns to civilian rule after fourteen years of military government. The climax of the official handover will be the inauguration of 54-year-old President Alhaji Shehu Shagari. final preparations for the handover are well under way in Lagos, the country's capital.
SYNOPSIS: This is the spot on which fourteen years of Nigerian military rule will come to an end on Monday (1 October). Along this carpet will walk the country's newly-elected president, Alhaj Shehu Shagari, at this inauguration ceremony in Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos.
The ceremony marks the final stage in the handover of power from the military, headed by Nigeria's present head of State General Olusegun Obasanjo, to the civilian government elected in August. This is to be headed by Mr. Shagari and his National Party of Nigeria, who were declared winners of election after a disputed result.
A new stadium has been built for the ceremony, and final touches are being added both outside and inside.
Elsewhere in Lagos, workmen are building accommodation for the country's newly-elected representatives. The Nigerian Parliament will have 449 members most of whom will live in this apartment block overlooking the city's inland lagoon. Their task is to establish the first civilian government in fourteen years, ever since the assassination of former Prime Minister Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa during the 1966 military coup.