Nigeria; 1980 –2000
1980 : Coalition of the National Party of Nigeria and the Nigeria People’s Party to get a majority in the Parliament.
1983: Despite widespread criticisms, massive deportation of non-nigerian citizens, mostly Ghanaians, to their country on account of taking jobs meant for Nigerians amidst the massive drop in Oil boom.
- Re-election of Shehu Shagari in an election reported to be marred by rigging and other forms of irregularities.
- Later that year, Major Muhammadu Buhari overthrew the government in a bloodless coup.
1985 : Buhari was overthrown in a Palace coup, also bloodless, by General Ibrahim Babangida.
1988 : Babangida increased the number of states from 19 to 21.
1992 : In a bid to fulfill the promise made in 1987 on returning the country to civilian rule, Babangida established two parties — Social democratic Party and the National Republican party.
1993 : Adjudged as the best election the nation ever had, conducted in a free and fair approach, the result for the June, 1993 elections were annuled by the Babangida-led military overnment
- Later that year, Babangida had to step down amidst pressure from the Armed forces rulin council and subsequently, assumption of the office by Ernest Sonekan.
- Shonekan was forced to resign and Gen. Sanni Abacha seized power.
1994 : MKO Abiola wa arrested for self proclamation of presidency though there were ample obvious evidence (to prove).
1995 : Public execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa, a writer and campaigner, causng loss of membership to the UN; Nigeria’s status was reversed in 1999
- The Abacha-led administration put Onasanjo in jail accusing him of an attempted coup.
1998 : Abacha died following a heart attack. Gen. Abubakar Abdulsalam succeeds him.
- Later that year, Obasanjo was released from prison.
- People’s Democratic party, PDP, becomes the first major political party.
1999 : Olusegun Obasanjo was elected as the President after victory at the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections.
- New constitution, based on the 1979 model was adopted.
2000 : Sharia law was adopted, first, by Zamfara state and then by other several nation, though acceptance was met with lotd of religious riots.