Speeches Made Between 1989 -1990
Having laid the major policies and programmes of his administration by 1988/89, the Babangida regime proceeded on a massive investment to pro-vide the institutional and normative support for the realization of the objectives of the programmes. Quite a huge amount of resources in fund, materials and human commitment were heavily invested in the programmes of democratization and liberalization. These included such areas as grassroots development; the restructuring of market forces and the privatisation and commercialization of appropriate government parastatals; the basic institutions of the political process for transforming the human behaviour; organization of political groupings into political parties; conducting of elections; the knowledge and management of human statistics which included the population census; other basic social infrastructure in health, education, sports the media and culture. There was also investment for the rapid development of the Federal Capital Territory and the expanded federalisation of the political system by way of creating more states and local governments. There were many more other areas of resource investments undertaken by the regime for democratization of the political system and liberalization of the economy. The major speeches which embodied these fundamental areas of investment for the socio-economic transformation of the country occupied President Babangida between 1989 and 1991.
It is difficult to arrange President Babangida’s speeches on a precise list of subjects or topics: however, it would be equally difficult to organize a platform for systematic knowledge sharing and discourse without some topical arrangements . The list of subjects below are therefore arranged on the basis of the varying perspectives, empirical or theoretical, which the speeches represented and covered within the specified period.