In my uni days, i did a course in school “Nigerian People & Culture” a GES or GNS course depending on what it is called in your school, i enjoyed every bit of that course especially the coup days in Nigeria, there should be a series on it. I was a science student all through school days, so maybe i learnt it late. And yes there are still some people that do not know their history and i will be taking you on history today.
It started in 1966 (immediately after white people left, they didn’t try to just wait small, they just had to manifest), Jan 15 1966, a group of mutinous (na person send them na, every history page keeps calling them mutinous) soldiers led by Kanu Nzeogwu ( i don’t know him too but the guy craze gan) assassinated 11 senior Nigerian politicians and two soldiers as well as kidnapping three others. Can somebody employ this guy again to help us with the current situation.
Kanu Nzeogwu (he could have gotten it….*winks*)
They Killed Tafawa Balewa (the guy on the 5 naira note), Sir Ahmadu Bello(who is he again), Chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola (the lautech guy). i don’t know the other guys they killed.
So the plan started in August 1965 (see action movie)a group of officers (one Yoruba (omo ale jatijati) and four Igbo) Majors began plotting a coup d’etat against incumbent Prime Minister Abubakar Balewa (5 naira guy). The coup was planned because according to the Majors, the men at the helm of affairs were running Nigeria aground with their corrupt ways(corruption is not today). Ministers under them were living flamboyant lifestyles and looting public funds at the expense of ordinary citizens. Awon ole buruku, sorry but insult in yoruba is sweeter.
But the coup plotters attacked the cities of Kaduna, Ibadan and Lagos while also blockading the Niger and Benue River within a two day span of time before the coup plotters were subdued. (See the life of the police force inside gutter, just 6 people planned this coup o)
So the killing of only northerners and Yoruba’s served to deepen the ethnic divide in the country and suspicion against the Igbo tribe which had already been branded by the late Sarduana(what or who is this?) as “domineering”. It was feared that the Igbo had set out to take control of the country and in the north of Nigeria the fear of Igbo dominance became intense. (i am not trying to start another civil war, this is just history class)
This part is confusing : The act of overthrowing a constitutionally elected government was compounded by the fact that one of the officers, Lieutenant Oguchi (dont’ ask, i do not know how he entered the story) who is suppose to “take care” of the Premier of the Eastern Region, Dr. Michael Okpara, arrested him (such a great betrayal *sobs*), while Mr. Nwafor Orizu, who was the Senate President and also the acting President of the country in the absence of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe(the president, no wonder buhari is also traveling upandan), who was out of the country on the day of the coup, capitulated by handing over the reins of government to the most senior person in the Armed Forces at the time, Major-Gen. Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi, yet another Igbo man. THE END OF PART ONE
On 29 July 1966, northern officers carried out a counter-coup in which, 240 southern officers and men, three-quarters of whom were Igbo, including Aguiyi-Ironsi as well as thousands of civilians of eastern origin living in the north were systematically killed(this people do not joke, play or sleep). In the aftermath, Lt.-Col. Yakubu Gowon, a northerner assumed command of the military government.
And then came civil war.
AND THE COUP CONTINUED.