Babangida, Ibrahim Gbadamosi
- Eric Bennett
Ibrahim Gbadamosi Babangida, born to Muslim parents in northern Nigeria, received an education that eventually placed him among the country’s military elite. After primary school Babangida studied at the government college in Bida (1957–1962) and the Nigerian Military Training College in Kaduna (1962–1963). He traveled abroad to study with the Indian Military Academy (1964), the Royal Armoured Center in Great Britain (1966–1967), and the U.S. Army (1972). Back in Nigeria, his military studies continued at the Command and Staff College in Jaji (1977) and the Nigerian Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies in Kuru (1979–1980). Long before his education was complete, however, Babangida began active military duty.
Babangida was a lieutenant by 1966. During Nigeria’s Biafran War (1967–1970) he commanded the Forty-fourth Infantry Battalion, called “The Rangers,” and won recognition as a capable leader. In 1974 the army promoted him ...
A version of this article originally appeared in Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience.