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Nigeria: The story of Murtala Muhammed who ruled ‘with immediate effect’

In depth
This article is part of the dossier: ‘We killed the President!’

By Dele Yusuf
Posted on Monday, 8 November 2021 10:34

Former Nigerian Head of State, Murtala Muhammed (facebook)

With the trial of the alleged killers of Burkina Faso's Thomas Sankara’s under since October, we take a look at the destinies of eight African presidents who were assassinated. In this first part of our series, we revisit abrupt death of Nigeria's former head of state, General Murtala Muhammed.



This is part 3 of an 8-part series

Muhammed, one of the military rulers who led Nigeria through years of dictatorship, has his name engraved on some of Nigeria’s most important infrastructure, including the international airport in Lagos. He was in his early 20s when he joined the Nigerian army and exited, as a slain military head of state, at the age of 37.

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