General Sani Abacha, the last of Nigeria's military rulers, dies in June. His successor General Abdulsalam Abubakar promises the swift transfer of power to civilians, with a fair and transparent election held in February the following year. Olusegun Obasanjo, imprisoned under the Abacha regime, stands for the PDP in the 1999 presidential election and wins with 63% of the vote.
The year also marks the death of M.K.O. Abiola. A prominent Yoruba businessman, he runs for president in 1993 and is the presumed winner. However the results are annulled by preceding military president General Babangida before they could be officially announced. Abiola is imprisoned in 1994, and dies in jail shortly after Abacha in suspicious circumstances.