Thursday, June 24, 2010

Postcard from Nigeria ...

I'm glad to share with you a postcard from Nigeria. Thanks Abbas for sending me this lovely card that let me know how its capital, Lagos look like :-))) The card was sent on 19 April, but the date on postmark looks like 8 May. It reaches me on 22 June (about 45 days' time).

Abbas affixed 3 pieces of 50 Naira stamps on the card. These stamps, which were issued in 2009, were to commemorate the 10th anniversary of return to democracy (1999-2009), with the rule of law.

Following the death of military dictator, General Sani Abacha in 1998, his successor General Abdusalami Abubakar initiated the transition which heralded Nigeria's return to democratic rule in 1999. The ban on political activities was lifted, and political prisoners were released from detention facilities. Political parties were formed and elections were set for April 1999. The widely monitored 1999 election saw the election of former military ruler Olusegun Obasanjo on the PDP platform. On 29 May 1999, Obasanjo was sworn in as President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

In the controversial general election on 21 April 2007, Umaru Yar'Adua of the PDP was elected President.


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