On 12th of august 1985, General Babangida took over forcefully from General buhari and warned The chief of staff(vice President) Lt.col. Tunde idiagbon that was in Saudi for Hajj prayers, He was given clear warnings to stay away from the country or he would be dealt with.
At that point the billionaire Saudi monarch, the late King Fahd Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud called Idiagbon and made an offer. The Saudi King told Idiagbon that he would get a palatial mansion and stay for his retirement for life and forget about the idea of returning to Nigeria.
Idiagbon politely declined the offer and told King Fahd that he had to return to Nigeria for two good reasons, one of which was to make a statement that he was not a coward so his family will later walk proud and that it would also be a great honour for him to die beside his boss, General Buhari, who saved his life during the Nigerian Biafran Civil War. Few days later, he entered the Nigerian airspace. Armed soldiers and all kinds of weapons waited for him at the airport but he did not budge.
For daring to enter the Nigerian territory and having the guts to challenge a corrupt system, Idiagbon was placed under house arrest in Benin City and Bauchi State. He was locked up with his boss for 40 horrible months. He and Buhari had ruled Nigeria for 20 months before IBB and his boys came in and embarked on their coup.
In 2015, Buhari he can’t apologize for the coup, I’m not sorry, because I mentioned why we did it, and we proved our case.
Finally, Most of wars or military coups or invasions are done in the name of democracy against democracy. To take over a government through military force would create instability, and it would not last for long. I do not want to leave a legacy of having taken over the government through military means. It has never occurred to me to have a coup d’etat.