5. Ibrahim Babangida (rtd)
Many years after IBB left power, power has refused to leave IBB. Hence, the overarching influence he wields from Minna, Niger state, his hometown, on Nigeria’s reins of power. Recall, for instance, the noble role he played in the installation of Obasanjo, as Nigeria’s civilian President, from 1999 to 2007. At 75, and 23 years after leaving power, he still remains a kingmaker, in fact, unarguably, Nigeria’s topmost political landlord. Unlike the military governments before and after him, he brought a kind of consultative aura to governance by subjecting issues to public debate, after which he took the final decision.
6. General Aliyu Gusau (rtd)
He is a man who has served his country in various military capacities as one-time Chief of Army Staff, National Security Adviser to two different presidents, Commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy, and most recently, Minister of Defence. As a security intelligence chief and political bridge-builder, Gusau definitely knows Nigeria well.
He re-organised the security and intelligence apparatuses, by breaking up the NSO into three organisations: State Security Services (SSS, now Department of State Security, DSS), National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and the Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI). In the rush for political power in Nigeria, you can only underrate him to your own detriment!