We will do another one about Nigeria’s history, for now let us start as at 1966.
This man was president after a deal with the man above. To be honest his position was ceremonial. The British were not convinced by him, maybe too smart and educated, or maybe not smart enough to play the game.
This man was Premier of Northern Nigeria, he was also the grandson of Usman Dan Fodio and the Sardauna of Sokoto. He spoke his mind fairly often. Was loved by his people.
This man is the least known among the Premiers. He was Premier of Eastern Nigeria. Those who have taken time to study him say he was a visionary. Events that followed probably affected the vision and plans he had for the Eastern Region.
There was tension in Nigeria at that time, particularly in Western Nigeria. There was a general air of mistrust.
This man decided enough was enough. He and a few others decided to plan a coup. His name was Major Chukuma Kaduna Nzeogwu. It is important to note that this mas was not an Igbo man. He might have smoked Igbo on that fateful night though. This we can’t prove or disprove.
He was joined by this man, Major Ifeajuna who also was the first Nigerian to win a medal at an international event, as well as Major Banjo, Major Okafor, Major Onwuatueguwu, Major Ademoyega and others.
These majors along with other soldiers killed these men:
In didn’t end there. They killed Brigadiers Maimalari and Ademulegun. Ademulegun’s pregnant wife was also killed. Fortunately or unfortunately these men were spared:
As well as this man who was in prison? (Sorry our history is poor here, we don’t teach it in schools anyway so please don’t judge us if we are wrong).
This led to great suspicion. Why? Because the Eastern Premier and the President who were Igbo were “spared”. It looked like an Igbo coup, which in our eyes wasn’t. It was just a coup by a bunch of adventure seeking, revolutionary thinking, over ambitious soldiers who in all honesty should have been sent out to war, any war taking place on earth for that matter.
Many things didn’t help. For example, the people from the suspected region celebrating. Does sush (forgive the Yoruba staff here) celebration deserve a pogrom? Hell no, but it happened. But before we get carried away, this man
Gets the go ahead from the President to dissolve the elected government, and in his naivety accepts. There is so much he could have done differently. Like:
Accept the position temporarily, at least until he had stopped the coup. He could have brought the perpetrators to book immediately, he could have handed over back to the ruling party and asked them to form a new government. Unfortunately he didn’t. Let’s end it here for now. Join us in part 2.