In the broadcast, General Muhammed said, “The area (Abuja) is not within the control of any of the major ethnic groups in the country. We believe that the new capital created on such virgin lands, as suggested, will be for all Nigerians a symbol of their oneness and unity. The Federal Territory will belong to all Nigerians.”

General Murtala Mohammed was, however, assassinated on February 13, 1976, nine days after his broadcast on the relocation of the FCT from Lagos to Abuja. Hence, he could not see the process through.

On December 12, 1991, General Ibrahim Babangida, the military Head of State at the time, officially moved Nigeria’s seat of power from Lagos to Abuja, putting an end to a title that had been held by Lagos since 1914.