Post-Colonial Nigeria: Did Igbos Draw First Blood?

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Genesis: The Beginning Of North-South/Hausa-Igbo Beef in Nigeria

June 20th, 2012

Lekan Abayomi, New York

I was born in 1975. I grew up believing that the Hausa/Fulani of Nigeria were a very intolerant ethnic group of people.

That the Hausas were so wicked they simply picked on Igbos in Nigeria living up North and slaughtered them in droves. And that the unprovoked massacre of Igbos in the North prompted the Biafra secession event, which again resulted in another Hausa Muslim leadership-led slaughter and genocide of Igbos in the South.

I believed for the first two decades of my life that the Hausa Muslims for no reason despised Igbos so much and that they ruled Nigeria almost entirely throughout its 50 years post independence, never giving an Igbo an opportunity to rule.

I associated Military rule and Military coups with Muslim Northerners.

I even associated the North of Nigeria with Islam and the South with Christianity. ‘Roughly divided’ between the two, as I always read in the news.

Little did I know that I was wrong in almost everything I grew up reading from the Nigeria predominantly Southern press, and European media.

They say that had Hitler won the war, history today would have been written in his favor. Perhaps the one great mistake the Hausa-Fulani-Kanuri and all Northerners ever made was not getting involved in western media, press and propaganda.

No Beef Till ’66

Igbos draw first blood in 1966

Kaduna Nzeogwu

Kaduna Nzeogwu

All was going well in Nigeria, post 1960 independence, with Tafawa Balewa, aka, the golden voice of Africa, the Prime minister of the federation, and Nnamidi Azikiwe the commander in chief and president, till January 1966.

In January 1966 an Igbo Major in the Nigerian army, Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu, who was born in Kaduna and had such family affinity to Kaduna, that he was popularly called, ‘Kaduna Nzeogwu’, a Catholic by faith decided to embark on a mission that will change Nigeria’s history forever.

In the early hours of January 15th, Kaduna Nzeogwu disgruntled over a list of items with the ruling political class and with disdain for certain regionalists, led an army of fellow Igbo Majors and a Yoruba, Ademoyega Adewale, in a military coup against the political leadership of Nigeria.

He and his team of Igbo comrades murdered Nigeria’s top brass Hausas in that Coup. Prime minister, Tafawa Balewa, a federal minister and two top regional premiers were among those murdered.

Kaduna Nzeogwu’s Igbo squad killed he premier of the Northern and Western regions but of course left the Igbo Eastern premiere alive.

He killed the Finance minister, who was Nigeria’s #3 man, but left the number #2 man.

The coup started failing when the ethnic nature of it was noticed. Neogwu confronted Captain Isong, the second-in-command at the 1 Recce Squadron, on account of a rumor that Isong was allegedly spreading in the barracks about the ethnic coloration of the unfolding events.

Azikiwe was left alive.

In essence Kaduna Nzeogwu’s coup was not a coup against the establishment only, but a targeted ethnic war, waged by himself and his fellow Igbo patriots against the Hausa-Fulani, who he grew up and served with.

Nzeogwu assassinated very many top Northern brass. Included and very significant was the Sardauna of Sokoto who was shot dead with his wives too.

In the video below, late Kaduna Nzeogwu describes how he plotted the coup and killed the Sardauna.

  Wikipedia- The killing of Brigadier Ademulegun’s pregnant wife by led to the suspicion among Yoruba and Hausa that the coupist were common criminals rather than Nationalistic patriots. Brigadier Ademulegun was a Yoruba officer. The premier of the Northern region was killed, The premier of the West was killed, but the premier of the Eastern region where most of the plotters were from was forgotten. On the Federal level the Prime Minister was killed, the Finance Minister the number 3 man was killed but the number 2 man who “coincidentally” happened to be from the same region as the plotters “escaped the killing”. The kid glove with which the new leader Ironsi handled the coupist led to the dissatisfaction of northern officers with Ironsi’s reluctance to courts-martial the coup plotters led to the counter-coup of July 29, 1966 which was led mainly by a group of junior Hausa-Fulani officers.

The coup plot failed and just before midnight on January 16, following a complex series of events, the GOC of the Army, General Aguiyi Ironsi, also of Igbo origin, preceded by a short statement by acting President Nwafor Orizu, announced that he was taking over the country following an “invitation” from the Council of Ministers. ref

Brigadier Ademulegun was shot dead in his bed, head of the NMTC Colonel Ralph Shodeinde was killed. Ifeajun in high treachery murdered his boss, Brigadier Maimalari.

The Igbo victim was, Lt-Col Arthur Unegbe. Also killed was the highly unsung Itsekiri Finance Minister Chief Festus Okotie-Eboh.

It is important to pint out at this juncture, that Nigeria had been very peaceful. A progressive, ethno-harmonious place, with the only riots of note being some election turmoil in the western Yoruba region of the country and Tiv riots in the Middle-Belt.

Up until this time there was no major Hausa-Igbo beef.

There were episodes pre-independence, during colonial rule, triggered by the machinations of colonialism, these included the minor 1945 Amalgamation riots and the 1953 Igbo Military and political power predominance riots. The colonialist gave Igbos top positions in the Military. Indeed, over all it must be noted that the prime source of Nigeria’s ethnic disarray is colonial. ‘Nigeria, made in the UK’, they say.

Sardauna

Sardauna

Sardauna Was Premiere Of North Only: It’s Stupid To Expect Him To Talk Of One-Nigeria During The Three Region Federalism That Existed At The Time

Important to mention that Sardauna is often mispresented. Sardauna was not a leader of Nigeria but was only leader over the northern protectorate. So his statements were about his northern region, just as at the time Ojukwu made even more seditious statements about the eastern region he presided over. Sardauna’s utterances must be listened to in context of the then true Federation with three autonomous parts. Read more on this here.

Next Blunder- Aguiyi-Ironsi Dissolves Regions

You see, growing up, I have blamed the Hausas for so much. May the Almighty forgive me.

Today the South of Nigeria are heard loudly clamoring for a return to autonomic regions. You are want to believe that it was some Northern Muslim that dissolved this.

No.

The Igbo top commander and now first military president of Nigeria, General Aguiyi Ironsi, in a very careless and thoughtless move, aimed at suppressing the Nzeogwu ethnic coup sentiment and distrust, in his brief six months of reign, dissolved the regions.

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So we ask the question- why did Aguiyi Ironsi dissolve the regions and create a Unitary republic?

This according to World News.com was ‘in a bid to do away with the divisive tendencies of Regionalism.’

At this stage, we can conclude the following-

1. An Igbo man, Kaduna Nzeogwu embarked on the first ethnic identifying campaign for power

2. Same Igbo man, led the first provocative and very painful attack and assassination of top brass Hausa men.

3. An Igbo man disrupted our political beginnings and introduced us to the military rule aberration.

4. Another Igbo man, General Aguiyi Ironsi clearly recognized the ethnic danger provoked by the former.

5. The second Igbo man destroyed Nigeria’s regional rule and initiated the Unitary republic.

Evidently, the industrious Igbo did not like Regionalism, this is why they (Nzeogwu and Ironsi) killed the Northern and Western regional Premiers and abrogated the three regions, instituting a one-Nigeria to enable free Igbo entrenchment and trade outside the Eastern region.

Deadly Mischief: A Loaf of Bread Draws Second Blood

nzeogwu-sardauna-bread-loafIt was in May, during Aguiyi Ironsi’s reign that the first of what is known today as anti-Igbo riots occured.

According to the story, an Igbo bakery made a loaf of bread, depicting Nzeogwu as the Saint in the ‘Saint George and the Dragon’ medieval crusader story, from the 7-11th century.

Advance our standards, set upon our foes Our ancient world of courage fair
St. George Inspire us with the spleen of fiery dragons….. Richard III. act v, sc.3.     ”
“     Come not between the Dragon and his wrath….. King Lear. Act I, Sc 2 –William Shakespeare

This depiction was highly provocative to a welcoming Hausa-Fulani, still licking their wounds and being hospitable, after an unprovoked Igbo led military coup and assassination of their finest.

This also while Nigeria was bleeding from being thrown into its first military government era. The military went on to rule the nation for 13 straight years.

As I was saying, the loaf of bread had Nzeogwu as Saint George, standing over and  killing Sardauna, who was depicted as the bleeding dragon.

St. George and the Dragon

St. George and the Dragon

This triggered the first inter-ethnic crises in the North. Igbos fled to the East, and returned only later under guarantee of their safety by president Ironsi. Some say mischievous secessionist Igbos orchestrated the pogroms to get their people home.

Later that year, in July, General Murtala Muhammed, taking advantage of the precedent, led a very bloody, 4-day coup and overthrew the Ironsi Government.

At this stage, Igbos in the north were highly targeted in outbreaks of ethnic violence. Thousands were reportedly killed, though the numbers can not be verified. And this was the episode of the Igbo exodus to the South.

I guess we can call this 3rd blood.

Listen To Mischievous Seditious Igbos Plotting Similar Provocations On Radio Biafra Today

Biafra: Nigerian Civil War (1967–1970)- The Truth

Yakubu Gowon

Yakubu Gowon

I am not going to get into so much history. The history, we should all search for and study.

All I will highlight are the misnomers:

The Biafra dream was not decimated by a Hausa Muslim.

It was decimated by no other than General Yakubu Gowon, a Christian Middle Belt Nigerian, who hailed from Panshin, Plateau state. Yakubu Gowon was the ‘compromise’ Christian Middle Belt leader put in place as a palliation after the bloody years and coups prior.

He was chosen as an attempt in good faith to foster peace between Nigeria’s ethnic and religious groups.

It was Yakubu Gowon and his then military General, again another southerner, and two time president of Nigeria, southern General and Christian, Olusegun Obasanjo that destroyed the Biafra secessionist, treason campaign.

Since then, no Igbo has held the reigns of power.

This is of course not surprising, it is the simple rule of victor over vanquished.

When the Arabs lost in their 6-day war- attempt to sack European installed Israel in Arab Palestine, Israel automatically annexed Arab lands. The Golan heights of Syria and the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt.

When Japan lost the second world war, it gave up its right to have a military.

In like fashion, after the Igbo’s first attempt and bloody coup to overturn the equilibrium in multi-ethnic Nigeria’s civilian rule, and after they lost in their second attempt, the Biafra secession, bloody campaign, it is not surprising that they have not yet been put in a position of power, because the rest of Nigeria for the right or wrong reasons is afraid of them, maybe.

 Time to drop the hatchet

There is no reason for continued hatred and distrust. Many do not even know why there exists the bad blood between these two prominent groups, but obviously some desperate forces are taking advantage of a sour history to invoke religious and ethnic hate and sectarian strife in Nigeria, with ultimate goal- the disintegration of Nigeria.

Churches being targeted in the North are an obvious dirty game, being orchestrated purposefully to invoke sentiment and chaos.

Among those caught planning, arming and involved in the bombings under the auspices of Boo Haram, are Nigerians of all ethnic groups, religions and regions.

In an article I read on MuslimsAgainstTerror.com, written by Aliyu, so many Christians and Southerners have been caught in failed ‘Boko’ bombing attempts. Some suspect that some extremist Biafraites with foreign meddlers are secretly behind Boko Haram, in a new attempt and sinister technique to enable secession.

The Igbo’s and the South is as suspect as the North in this deadly game, and attempt to provoke discord among ethnic groups. Little surprise Boko enjoys unbelievable impunity and success while lacking any clear or logical manifesto.

No region stands to loose more form Boko than the North. Recently listed as the best part of Nigeria to conduct business (10 Easiest States to Do Business in Nigeria), now tumbling down the corridors of deeper suffering, poverty, insecurity and at risk of being cut off from the coast.

As described in Reuters report on the last Sunday bomb attacks and subsequent Christian youth rampage in Kaduna, Boko are being allowed to win in their obvious goal- to foster sectarian strife and disintegration in Nigeria. This is all so senseless.

Are we going to let Boko win? Everybody, chill!

Now let me give you some teasers:

Do you still believe Nigeria is roughly torn North and South between Muslims and Christians, as the colonial media keeps promoting? You will be surprised to find that some states up North may even have more Christians than Muslims.

Do you know that most Yoruba states are governed by Muslims?

Do you know that the leader of MEND, the Southern rebellion group, is a Muslim, named ‘Jihad’, Mujahid Dokubo Asari.

Do you still believe that Nigeria was ruled most of its years since independence by the Dan Fodio, Northern Muslim? Will you experience shock if you read my previous paper on ‘the illusion of Northern rule’, and find out that Christians and the South and Middle Belt have ruled Nigeria the most or at least as much?

Did you know that the north occupies 80% of Nigeria’s land mass?

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References and More reading:

Boko Haram: A CIA Covert Operation; America’s Destabilization Plots Against Nigeria–GreenWhite Coalition

Nigeria: The Illusion of a North Dominated Rule

Religious Violence In Nigeria: Boko Haram As A Tool Of Religious, Political & Foreign Interests

1966 Anti Igbo Pogrom

The views expressed in this article belong to the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of NewsRescue

Nigeria Muslims Say: Christians Behind Many Alleged Boko Bombings

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    John I Nduaguibe 22 June, 2012 at 17:44 Reply

    I hope God will answer your prayer and forgive your sins for falsifing history. It is not difficult to know where you are coming from and what agenda is. BOKO HARAM is a Muslim sect which started by preaching against western education. They were subsequently High jacked by Northern politicians who beleive that to rule Nigeria is their birthright. These northern politicians vowed to make the country ungovernable if they fail to win the last election. They are only making good their threat. 

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    Fascon2003 23 June, 2012 at 10:30 Reply

    The unexplained fear of the Igbos by other tribes (especially yours) of Nigeria is realy hard to explain. I mean if it is now resulting in blantant lies, half truth and outright misinformation (to the gulible) then a psychiatric examination is needed. if it suits you tell the world that BOKO HARAM IS ACTUALLY BASED IN THE EASTERN PART OF NIGERIA AND THAT THE GROUP IS POPULATED BY IGBOS. It wont stop the igbos. They are waht they are and amount of envy, jelousy, hatred etc will stop their God given talent to make a whole lot from nothing including making sure that the rest of you dont slide into darkness.

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    Animonday 23 June, 2012 at 11:59 Reply

    I think you are a sentimental theorist. You don’t understudy history. I believe by your article that you have the manifesto of boko haram and a high ranking member of the group. You have never met ojukwu when he was alive and have never asked Gowon about behind the scene happening even before abori declaration. How I wish you are the only surviving member of your entire linage due to nigeria situation and let me know what u will write in your next article. Igbo is a GREAT NATION. You can’t change our destiny.

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    Cdotsays 23 June, 2012 at 23:18 Reply

    For a man born in 1975,you have shown historical dwarfness by choosing to smear a tribe.Your write up is alloyed with half truths and mischievous machinations.Still,its your opinion and its your right to it,but you obviously need to go back and study history harder and soft pedal on the anti Igbo sentiment.
    In your blinding hurry to condemn the Igbo,you forgot to mention that the “Igbo” coup though orchestrated by a nationalist,who happened to be Igbo,was hailed in many quarters of the North. This was because the bile growing amongst the people of Nigeria against a shamelessly profligate ruling class. It was a revolution that was to be replicated every where,however it was botched in the East of which just a couple of officers of Igbo extraction were killed. That was the fault of those who were sent to execute that command that failed NOT Nzeogwu.
    There were strategic blunders by Nzeogwu and Ironsi. Granted. Ironsi should killed Nzeogwu outright;that could have placated the North. Nzeogwu,an Igbo man was the man with the foresight and cahunas to hatch such a plot to cleanse the corruption at the time.

    Now,since the perceived Igbo coup escalated into a mindless slaughter of Igbo innocents,which of course mean nothing to you,in Sabon Gari.The Northern Officers and people wanted blood and they took more than enough of it by systematically killing women,children in droves in 2 to 3 orgies in retaliation.The secession was a result of that incessant killing.Ojukwu had pleaded for order from the top brass to stanch the bloodletting but either due to ineptitude,connivance or both,Gowon did little to stop it. Ojukwu was not the problem here my hateful friend.

    Then,you go to rip Ironsi apart because he created a unitary government in his bid to rid division? 
    You really have issues with the Igbo man dear friend.

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      Editor 24 June, 2012 at 18:48 Reply

       Hi,

      In response to your comments.
      http://www.newsrescue.com/2012/06/genesis-the-beginning-of-north-south-hausa-igbo-beef-in-nigeria/

      We tried to verify the details of Lekan’s account, and find it is a common account on the internet.
      We
      have quoted the wikipedia account, one of his references, of Nzeogwu
      into the story and you will see that even though the interpretation is
      not as critical and annoying as his, it still points out ethnic
      connotations like his.

      Please let us know if the wikipedia account is also biased.
      We will be happy to read and publish your writing too.

      Best
      John J.

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        Amos 21 October, 2012 at 15:11 Reply

        Wikipedia is not a reliable
        source for contentious issues, in that anyone can change the received facts. Please
        have a look at this: http://www.ekwenche.org/igbobiafra.htm. It contains
        internationally verified facts about the genesis of the pogroms suffered by the
        Igbos BEFORE and after independence in the North. There are many other sources on the net which hav documents from the UN about the issues.

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    Kodi Azuonye 2 August, 2012 at 04:57 Reply

    My friend, you’ve got your history wrong. You’ve miseducated. Let me try to enlighten you a little bit. Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu was from Okpanam, a people who did not accept they were Igbos. He grew up in the Sardauna’s household. Perhaps you are aware that many Ika ‘Igbos’ do not accept they are Igbo. However some of them did, and more of them are beginning to accept. There were reasons for this that were, in the main economic. Britain put them in western Region. Later, when the west was dichotomized, they fell into the Mid Western Region. They felt more economically secure where they were because their conception of Igboland was of a place with a poor fund of resources. Same thing applies to the so-called half-Igbos of Rivers State, although everyone knows that they are Igbos.

    What Nzeogwu did was called a revolution, not a coup. The three major ethnic groups were involved. Banjo and Adamulegun, two of the five majors, were Yorubas. Emmanuel Ifeajuna was from Onitsha, a people who trace their descent to the ancient Bini kingdom. Hassan Katsina, a man from the deep North, was one of the five majors. Apart from the five majors, there were other functionaries and operatives. So, no authentic Igboman was involved, and no authentic Igboman has ever taken part in a coup in this country. What made the North think it was an Igbo insurrection was because the operatives who were sent to assassinate the major Igbo leaders failed of their mission. Just by sheer coincidence, Zik was abroad for medical treatment, Mike Okpara had a guest, archbishop Macarious, the then prime minister of cyprus. If the assassins meant business, why didn’t they barge into the statehouse and blast Okpara in front of his guest? Look for the books ‘why we struck’ by Nzeogwu, and ‘why we failed’. The massacre of Igbos did not take place after Nzeogwu’s revolution which took place in 1966, but during the regime of Aguiyi-Ironsi in 1967.

    it is noteworthy that Aguiyi-Ironsi did not come in through a coup. After the unfortunate events of 1966, the mantle of leadership fell on Nwafor Orizu, who was Senate president, in accordance with the provisions of the 1960 Constitution. Nwafor Orizu was prime Minister for only four days. There was mayhem in the country. He didn’t feel capable of convening parliament, so he ceded power to Aguiyi-Ironsi, the then GOC [General Offocer Commanding Nigerian Army]. That’s how Aguiyi-Ironsi’s military presidency came about.

    Aguiyi-Ironsi made a Decree called the Unification Decree No.1 of 1966, the aim of which was to make Nigeria a Confederation, that is, to constitute a political unity out of the then existing four regions so that each member retains the management of its internal affairs. The North misconceived it as a crime against them, and then NEPU [Northern Elements Progressive Union] formed and struck, carrying out the first sudden, forceful, illegal and decisive change of government, which we call a coup d’état.

    Note that it was Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, an Igboman, that foiled Nzeogwu’s attempt to assassinate Ado Bayero, who escaped into Ojukwu Barracks, Kano for sanctuary. Also, it was Aguiyi-Ironsi, another Igboman, who prevented Nzeogwu’s revolution from penetrating into Lagos.

    You might be surprised to learn that the occasion for declaration of the State of Biafra was created by an unforeseen concatenation of circumstances and was not a premeditated. In fact, Ojukwu didn’t want to do it; he was goaded into the doing of it.

    I don’t what is giving rise to this newfangled irrational spate of anti-Igbo philippics,

    Igbos are pro-confederacy, not against it. A ll we have ever said is, if it isn’t going to work, let’s crash it.

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    obi okonkwo 4 August, 2012 at 20:06 Reply

    what can we nigerians do to make peace in this country my own opinon if i can get some good people in nigeria from north, south, east, west come together and look into this matter forget it and move ahead that what nigeria need to move forword muslims and christians pls we need peace.
    thanks God bless nigerians
    obi

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      Easy E 21 October, 2012 at 14:46 Reply

      It is a laudable aspiration, but in toay’s Nigeria, the Igbo man is still being killed in the North by their proxy Army.

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    OKECHUKWU.D 12 September, 2012 at 02:17 Reply

    Lekan Abayomi It’s quite a pity that you are not informed adequately by who ever that thought you the history of IGBOS and the Other entire ethnic groups that ganged up against, WE THE BIAFRAN ZIONIST . I dont know if you are a Christian or Muslim, but have this behind your mind no nation or group of people can defeat the ZIONIST people, IGBO’s are blessed people and BIAFRA will definitely secede as a republic just like the state of ISREAL. IT’S ONLY A QUESTION OF TIME .

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    OKECHUKWU.D 12 September, 2012 at 02:17 Reply

    Lekan Abayomi It’s quite a pity that you are not informed adequately by who ever that thought you the history of IGBOS and the Other entire ethnic groups that ganged up against, WE THE BIAFRAN ZIONIST . I dont know if you are a Christian or Muslim, but have this behind your mind no nation or group of people can defeat the ZIONIST people, IGBO’s are blessed people and BIAFRA will definitely secede as a republic just like the state of ISREAL. IT’S ONLY A QUESTION OF TIME .

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    Easy E 22 October, 2012 at 19:39 Reply

    The idiot who wrote this nonsense needs to read up a bit
    more, then he would acquire some appreciation on the facts. Right here, he has
    exhibited a total incompetence both in the genesis of the issues and research
    ability. All the relevant material for a half decent work is easily accessible
    on the internet. A total waste of time and effort.

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    CNM 25 October, 2014 at 02:00 Reply

    I have only just come across this article written 2 years ago. I feel compelled to comment for whatever it is worth. Please forgive the length of the post.

    The fact that one has access to a computer and the internet does not give license to showcase the level of ignorance displayed by the writer of this article. Lekan Abayomi, you are either so ignorant, or mischievous, or both.

    “All was going well in Nigeria, post 1960 independence,… till January 1966”? Absolutely wrong.

    There were the killings of Igbos in the North in 1945, Tiv riots of the early 1960s, and the riots in the West. Are you not aware that the Western region was virtually under marshal law in 1965? That Awolowo was accused of planning a coup and was charged with treason? Are these “minor” events?

    Are you not aware of the thoughts of Northern leaders pre- Jan 1966

    “We do not want, Sir, our Southern neighbours to interfere in our development…. I should like to make it clear to you that if the British quitted Nigeria now at this stage the northern people would continue their interrupted conquest to the sea.” Mallam Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (1947)

    “The new nation called Nigeria should be an estate of our great grandfather Uthman Dan Fodio. We must ruthlessly prevent a change of power. We use the minorities in the North as willing tools and the South as a conquered territory and never allow them to rule over us and never allow them to have control over their future”. Sir Ahmadu Bello Parrot Newspaper, 12th October, 1960.

    Are you not aware of the proceedings of the Northern Assembly calling for Southerners, particularly Igbos to be dealt with? Please take time to read and educate yourself.

    Mallam Bashari Umaru:
    “I would like (you), as the Minister of Land and Survey, to revoke forthwith all Certificates of Occupancy from the hands of the Ibos resident in the Region …”

    Mr. A. A. Abogede (Igala East):
    “I am very glad that we are in a Moslem country and the Government of Northern Nigeria allowed some few Christians in the Region to enjoy themselves according to the belief of their Religion, but building of hotels should be taken away from the Ibos and even if we find some Christians who are interested in building hotels and have no money to do so, the Government should aid them, instead of allowing Ibos to continue with the hotels.”

    Mallam Mukhtar Bello:
    “I would like to say something very important that the Minister should take my appeal to the Federal Government about the Ibos in the Post Office. I wish the numbers of these Ibos be reduced … There are too many of them in the North. They were just like sardines and I think they were just too dangerous to the Region.”

    Mallam Ibrahim Musa (Igala North-West):
    “Mr. Chairman, Sir, well, first and foremost, what I have to say before this Hon. House is that we should send a delegate to meet our hon. Premier to move a Motion in this very Budget Session that all the Ibos working in the Civil Service of Northern Nigeria, including the Native Authorities, whether they are contractors or not, should be repatriated at once …”

    Mallam Bashari Umaru:
    “ … there should be no contracts either from the Government, Native Authorities, or private enterprises given to Ibo Contractors. Again Mr. Chairman, the Foreign Firms too should be given time-limit to replace all Ibos in their firms by some other people.”

    Alhaji Usman Liman (Sarkin Musawa):
    “What brought the Ibos into this Region? They were here since the Colonial Days. Had it not been for the Colonial Rule there would hardly have been Ibo in this Region. Now that there is no Colonial Rule the Ibos should go back to their Region. There should be no hesitation about this matter. Mr. Chairman, North is for Northerners, East for Easterners, West for Westerners and the Federation for all”.

    Alhaji Mustafa Ismaila Zanna Dujuma (Minister of Establishments and Training):
    “Mr. Chairman, Sir, since 1955 this government had laid down a policy. First Northerners, second expatriates and third, non-Northerners. Mr. Chairman, Sir, I have noted very carefully all the speeches made by all the members in the Honorable house and I am ready to put up to my Government their views and I hope my Government will give them consideration … I think these two things are the major things I have to answer now. One is on scholarship and the other is on how to do away with the Ibos.”

    The Minister of Land and Survey (Alhaji the Hon. Ibrahim Musa Gashash, O.B.E.):
    “Mr. Chairman, Sir, I do not like to take up much of the time of this house in making explanations, but I would like to assure Members that having heard their demands about Ibos holding land in Northern Nigeria my Ministry will do all it can to see that the demands of members are met. How to do this, when to do it, all this should not be disclosed. In due course, you will all see what will happen”.

    So Mr Lekan Abayomi, you were wise all your life from 1975 until 2012, then you allowed your mind to be infiltrated by trash masquerading as knowledge. You seem to also ignore the travails of Pa Awolowo, Brig Ogundipe, Col Fajuyi, Bashorun Abiola, Gen Obasanjo, Gen Diya and Gen Adisa at the hands of the northern power-mongers. Maybe they also drew “first blood”.
    Have you ever stopped to question why there is a Fulani Emir in Ilorin ruling over Yorubas? Please do your home-work next time.
    By the way, Potiskum is in Yobe state, not Plateau. Gowon is an Angas man from Lur in Plateau state.

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      uche dike 27 October, 2015 at 12:50 Reply

      I love your research. Keep it up. When I was reading that article up, i felt it was filled with concocted lies.

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    Albert Tagbo 23 October, 2015 at 19:55 Reply

    This writer is a drunkard! Did he say Murtala Muhammed staged a coup to do what?Go to sleep with your negative knowledge that is total misinformation.History always is full of lies.The type you are telling here,you are a mole,a syndicate bought to continue the changing of history.

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    Albert Tagbo 23 October, 2015 at 19:55 Reply

    This writer is a drunkard! Did he say Murtala Muhammed staged a coup to do what?Go to sleep with your negative knowledge that is total misinformation.History always is full of lies.The type you are telling here,you are a mole,a syndicate bought to continue the changing of history.

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    Iyke Norahs 23 October, 2015 at 22:46 Reply

    This young man has made a very good attempt at finding our what killed his proverbial father, and I am sure that like the boy who lifted up his father's skirt, he is battling with the weight of the father's "birth certificate".

    It is a misrepresentation of a well-researched historical desertation.

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    Iyke Norahs 23 October, 2015 at 22:46 Reply

    This young man has made a very good attempt at finding our what killed his proverbial father, and I am sure that like the boy who lifted up his father's skirt, he is battling with the weight of the father's "birth certificate".

    It is a misrepresentation of a well-researched historical desertation.

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    Aderemi Oparinde 23 October, 2015 at 22:53 Reply

    It is unfortunate that those passing negative comment on the writer are mainly our Igbo friends. It only shows they are not ready to learn from the past. No wonder they are still agitating for Biafra.

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    Aderemi Oparinde 23 October, 2015 at 22:53 Reply

    It is unfortunate that those passing negative comment on the writer are mainly our Igbo friends. It only shows they are not ready to learn from the past. No wonder they are still agitating for Biafra.

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    Victor Richard 24 October, 2015 at 07:56 Reply

    It is obvious from various comments that despite the number of years we've been together that we still do not see ourselves as one nation. During the Abacha regime Nigeria was partitioned into six region which to my opinion is a very good partitioning. We would respect, value, cooperate better when we have gone our separate ways.

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    Victor Richard 24 October, 2015 at 07:56 Reply

    It is obvious from various comments that despite the number of years we've been together that we still do not see ourselves as one nation. During the Abacha regime Nigeria was partitioned into six region which to my opinion is a very good partitioning. We would respect, value, cooperate better when we have gone our separate ways.

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    Yswc Ddc 24 October, 2015 at 17:36 Reply

    hahaha… this lies has quantity and quality, u people have stared this ur lies against Biafrans again, carry on never forget that this time, it will be very tough on u people, do think that the people u re tellin all this lies did not know the truth? that's where u failed again so stop deceiving yourself Mr. writer. stop praisin yourselves claiming u defeat Biafrans during the war cos u did not and in ur entire lives, u people can never defeat them.. Hausa, Yoruba, British, Russia, France, Egypt and co fought Biafrans and still they stand u ppl for 3 good yrs and u still have the hand to type this rubbish… go and ask British whtat would have happen to Nigeria if not for their intervention….. let me reserve my comments 4 now

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    Yswc Ddc 24 October, 2015 at 17:36 Reply

    hahaha… this lies has quantity and quality, u people have stared this ur lies against Biafrans again, carry on never forget that this time, it will be very tough on u people, do think that the people u re tellin all this lies did not know the truth? that's where u failed again so stop deceiving yourself Mr. writer. stop praisin yourselves claiming u defeat Biafrans during the war cos u did not and in ur entire lives, u people can never defeat them.. Hausa, Yoruba, British, Russia, France, Egypt and co fought Biafrans and still they stand u ppl for 3 good yrs and u still have the hand to type this rubbish… go and ask British whtat would have happen to Nigeria if not for their intervention….. let me reserve my comments 4 now

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    Yswc Ddc 24 October, 2015 at 17:53 Reply

    i did not see where u mentioned this event in ur article (why? The first outburst of violence against the Igbos in Northern Nigeria, started in October 1945 in Jos Plateau State. The second outburst of violence against the Igbos was in 1953 in the Northern city of Kano. Between May, July and September 1966, the worst pogrom against the Igbos took place in every city in the Northern Nigeria, even pregnant Igbo women were captured, their bellies ripped open and their unborn children hacked to death/

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    Yswc Ddc 24 October, 2015 at 17:53 Reply

    i did not see where u mentioned this event in ur article (why? The first outburst of violence against the Igbos in Northern Nigeria, started in October 1945 in Jos Plateau State. The second outburst of violence against the Igbos was in 1953 in the Northern city of Kano. Between May, July and September 1966, the worst pogrom against the Igbos took place in every city in the Northern Nigeria, even pregnant Igbo women were captured, their bellies ripped open and their unborn children hacked to death/

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    Dickson Idika Osonwa 24 October, 2015 at 19:51 Reply

    If i may ask, does it mean that you other tribes can not live without Biafrans whom you so much hate???? Now i do understand why Nnamdi Kanu always call nigeria ZOO,why fighting to be one nigeria if you are proud of yourselves,as they always say that all fingers are not equal you people can to and rot in hell for Biafra we stand or we burn down the ZOO called Nigeria Britain will not save you this time, a ward is enough for the wise.

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    Dickson Idika Osonwa 24 October, 2015 at 19:51 Reply

    If i may ask, does it mean that you other tribes can not live without Biafrans whom you so much hate???? Now i do understand why Nnamdi Kanu always call nigeria ZOO,why fighting to be one nigeria if you are proud of yourselves,as they always say that all fingers are not equal you people can to and rot in hell for Biafra we stand or we burn down the ZOO called Nigeria Britain will not save you this time, a ward is enough for the wise.

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    NewsRescue Situation 24 October, 2015 at 20:34 Reply

    That is pre indepenence. We were not free. Whatever happened in 1945 was orchestrated by the colonialist. There are documents of the machinations in their divide and rule doctrine describing the 1945 white man conspiracies. The article reviews beef after we were independent. The logocal time to start assessment.

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    NewsRescue Situation 24 October, 2015 at 20:34 Reply

    That is pre indepenence. We were not free. Whatever happened in 1945 was orchestrated by the colonialist. There are documents of the machinations in their divide and rule doctrine describing the 1945 white man conspiracies. The article reviews beef after we were independent. The logocal time to start assessment.

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    Yswc Ddc 24 October, 2015 at 21:06 Reply

    NewsRescue Situation I can see that all the problems Nigeria is facing today were caused by Igbos according to ur post, since u know Nigeria history very well, Can u provide an ans to the followin questions? Can you tell me how many igbos participated in coup? Do Northern region has the same believe or culture with Eastern region? were they in the same country before the coming of the White? have u read any Lord Lugard documentary about Nigeria? how old is Nigeria and who re they before the arrival of the Colonial master? what brought about the togetherness of the three ethnics group that made-up one Nigeria? What wrong is it for some group of ppl to ask for their Self-Rule? Finally, what makes u think that one Nigeria will last forever?

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    Yswc Ddc 24 October, 2015 at 21:06 Reply

    NewsRescue Situation I can see that all the problems Nigeria is facing today were caused by Igbos according to ur post, since u know Nigeria history very well, Can u provide an ans to the followin questions? Can you tell me how many igbos participated in coup? Do Northern region has the same believe or culture with Eastern region? were they in the same country before the coming of the White? have u read any Lord Lugard documentary about Nigeria? how old is Nigeria and who re they before the arrival of the Colonial master? what brought about the togetherness of the three ethnics group that made-up one Nigeria? What wrong is it for some group of ppl to ask for their Self-Rule? Finally, what makes u think that one Nigeria will last forever?

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    Paul Eneh 25 October, 2015 at 01:13 Reply

    This revisionist attempt of comtemporary Nigeria history is at best, crass ignoance of highest order. Its an exercise in futility trying to respond to all the falacies raised in this miopic write-up.

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    Paul Eneh 25 October, 2015 at 01:13 Reply

    This revisionist attempt of comtemporary Nigeria history is at best, crass ignoance of highest order. Its an exercise in futility trying to respond to all the falacies raised in this miopic write-up.

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    Ilechukwu Ugo 25 October, 2015 at 05:52 Reply

    Mr writer… u refuse to put d perceived blame of the failure of d coup on the eastern premier on the failure and lack of tact by the South Western hitman designated to that task…. IT WASN'T A DELIBERATE OMMISSION.. TELL D COMPLETE TRUTH… what is worth doing is worth doing well

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    Ilechukwu Ugo 25 October, 2015 at 05:52 Reply

    Mr writer… u refuse to put d perceived blame of the failure of d coup on the eastern premier on the failure and lack of tact by the South Western hitman designated to that task…. IT WASN'T A DELIBERATE OMMISSION.. TELL D COMPLETE TRUTH… what is worth doing is worth doing well

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    Jonathan Chibuike 25 October, 2015 at 08:20 Reply

    The writer of this trash does not know history as far back as 1945 the Hausas had been killing Igbos. In 1954 Hausas killed Igbos are spare the Yorubas that warranted the Yoruba elders and chiefs to visit the Hausas to thank them for sparing their people. We have the record to demolish all your lies.

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    Jonathan Chibuike 25 October, 2015 at 08:20 Reply

    The writer of this trash does not know history as far back as 1945 the Hausas had been killing Igbos. In 1954 Hausas killed Igbos are spare the Yorubas that warranted the Yoruba elders and chiefs to visit the Hausas to thank them for sparing their people. We have the record to demolish all your lies.

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    Jonathan Chibuike 25 October, 2015 at 08:34 Reply

    You publish something you cannot defend makes you a big fool. You reply to 1945 killing of Igbos shows that your head is empty. You have nothing to offer the society other than feeds the baboons and monkeys(Nigerians) with lies

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    Jonathan Chibuike 25 October, 2015 at 08:34 Reply

    You publish something you cannot defend makes you a big fool. You reply to 1945 killing of Igbos shows that your head is empty. You have nothing to offer the society other than feeds the baboons and monkeys(Nigerians) with lies

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    Marshal Kunoun 25 October, 2015 at 08:44 Reply

    You have given a view of your research. Thankfully too is that, you acknowledge that Nigeria enjoyed peaceful and robust inter-ethnic relationship before Nzeogwu's coup attempt and Ironsi's abrogation of the regional structure. Given that you are right, and now that the majority of southerners are calling for a return to true federalism as it used to be, your writeup is silent on the solution. As a matter of fact the creation of the six geopolitical zones have further addressed the internal colonialism suffered by minorities in the initial three regions. It is therefore hightime we right the wrong by adopting these six geopolitical zones as autonomous regions that would federate with each other on agreed terms. Your research and presentation will remain defective on less you reinvoke the idea of regional autonomy as a solution to all these lingering agitations from all sides of the Nigerian nation.

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    Marshal Kunoun 25 October, 2015 at 08:44 Reply

    You have given a view of your research. Thankfully too is that, you acknowledge that Nigeria enjoyed peaceful and robust inter-ethnic relationship before Nzeogwu's coup attempt and Ironsi's abrogation of the regional structure. Given that you are right, and now that the majority of southerners are calling for a return to true federalism as it used to be, your writeup is silent on the solution. As a matter of fact the creation of the six geopolitical zones have further addressed the internal colonialism suffered by minorities in the initial three regions. It is therefore hightime we right the wrong by adopting these six geopolitical zones as autonomous regions that would federate with each other on agreed terms. Your research and presentation will remain defective on less you reinvoke the idea of regional autonomy as a solution to all these lingering agitations from all sides of the Nigerian nation.

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    Obonna Victor Chikezie 25 October, 2015 at 09:11 Reply

    Hussain, for this singular objective and factual correction one can begin to wonder how fatual and objective the writer was in his presentation of his aclamied realization of past 50 years historical facts and figures. hmmmmmm i wonder what could be his objective concieved concept for this histroical writeup at this time when certain section of this courtry wants to be self independent. He presentated some historically facts according to him which were the actual facts without telling us if it is a crime to agitate for self indepentence or if there is anything wrong with such. Well if you the writer according to your write up is convinced beyound reasonable fact that these percular and particular section of this country have been the bad egg in this country why not from the same histroy convince us why it is necessery to remove these people from the wonderful and great country called Nigeria? at least that will be more objective. Thanks once more Hussain for this correction.

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    Obonna Victor Chikezie 25 October, 2015 at 09:11 Reply

    Hussain, for this singular objective and factual correction one can begin to wonder how fatual and objective the writer was in his presentation of his aclamied realization of past 50 years historical facts and figures. hmmmmmm i wonder what could be his objective concieved concept for this histroical writeup at this time when certain section of this courtry wants to be self independent. He presentated some historically facts according to him which were the actual facts without telling us if it is a crime to agitate for self indepentence or if there is anything wrong with such. Well if you the writer according to your write up is convinced beyound reasonable fact that these percular and particular section of this country have been the bad egg in this country why not from the same histroy convince us why it is necessery to remove these people from the wonderful and great country called Nigeria? at least that will be more objective. Thanks once more Hussain for this correction.

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    Chibuzo 'Boltzmann' Nnonyelu 25 October, 2015 at 13:40 Reply

    That is pre indepenence. We were not free. Whatever happened in 1945 was orchestrated by the colonialist. There are documents of the machinations in their divide and rule doctrine describing the 1945 white man conspiracies. The article reviews beef after we were independent. The logocal time to start assessment.

    NewsRescue Situation So why isn't that considered as the first blood?

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    Chibuzo 'Boltzmann' Nnonyelu 25 October, 2015 at 13:40 Reply

    That is pre indepenence. We were not free. Whatever happened in 1945 was orchestrated by the colonialist. There are documents of the machinations in their divide and rule doctrine describing the 1945 white man conspiracies. The article reviews beef after we were independent. The logocal time to start assessment.

    NewsRescue Situation So why isn't that considered as the first blood?

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    Samuel Nwokoye 25 October, 2015 at 15:03 Reply

    This writer is very mischievious.The killing of ndigbo in northern nigeria started way before the 1966 coup.Col Umar,in a TELL magazine interview said that the killing of ndigbo in northern nigeria was a yearly ritual.This killings have continued till date.Saduana and northern leaders were not totally guiltless in these killings,hence the celebration of some igbo traders in the north when he was murdered.Refer to the speach Col Banjo made to the midwest region when he led the Biafran troops to invade that region enroute to Lagos.Again,the five nigerian majors that did the coup,did not consult the igbo leaders for endorsement.They planned secretly with their friends and did what they did.But why retaliate corwardly by killing women,children,the aged of over 50,000,killing in one night about 300 officers from eastern nigeria by their collegues,destroying the espiri de corps of the military.Again,if the unitary govt was rejected by nigerians,why was it sustained for more than four decades by the north.You see,this is the type of write up that convinces the average igboman that nigeria is not for them and they must do all to be on their own.Imagine this writer comparing what Saduana said in the 60s with what Ojukwu said during the war to draw world attention to the genocide in nigeria.This is the sort of thinking that gives rise to a Kanu of radio biafra.If you hate the ndigbo so,why not let them carry their "evil" and go their way.m

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    Samuel Nwokoye 25 October, 2015 at 15:03 Reply

    This writer is very mischievious.The killing of ndigbo in northern nigeria started way before the 1966 coup.Col Umar,in a TELL magazine interview said that the killing of ndigbo in northern nigeria was a yearly ritual.This killings have continued till date.Saduana and northern leaders were not totally guiltless in these killings,hence the celebration of some igbo traders in the north when he was murdered.Refer to the speach Col Banjo made to the midwest region when he led the Biafran troops to invade that region enroute to Lagos.Again,the five nigerian majors that did the coup,did not consult the igbo leaders for endorsement.They planned secretly with their friends and did what they did.But why retaliate corwardly by killing women,children,the aged of over 50,000,killing in one night about 300 officers from eastern nigeria by their collegues,destroying the espiri de corps of the military.Again,if the unitary govt was rejected by nigerians,why was it sustained for more than four decades by the north.You see,this is the type of write up that convinces the average igboman that nigeria is not for them and they must do all to be on their own.Imagine this writer comparing what Saduana said in the 60s with what Ojukwu said during the war to draw world attention to the genocide in nigeria.This is the sort of thinking that gives rise to a Kanu of radio biafra.If you hate the ndigbo so,why not let them carry their "evil" and go their way.m

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    Katakata Cartoon 26 October, 2015 at 10:13 Reply

    Definitely, we learn from history, but truth and factual (re)presentations are inseperable parts of history. Watching the two "videos" accompanying the story, it is very clear that some of the individuals (eg. "Kaduna Nzeogwu" and "Sardauna." ) on the videos are actually NOT the speakers. Apart from their voices, look closely at their mouth movements (and relate them to the sound / words) and make a conclusion for yourself.
    Regardless, what we need is peace, which can only be achieved through love. Peace can make the near impossible possible. With peace, the world can live together happily irrespective of religious and ideological differences. More than that, peace is synonymous with economic development and social stability.

    We just cannot achieve much in Nigeria, and the world in general without peace.

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    Katakata Cartoon 26 October, 2015 at 10:13 Reply

    Definitely, we learn from history, but truth and factual (re)presentations are inseperable parts of history. Watching the two "videos" accompanying the story, it is very clear that some of the individuals (eg. "Kaduna Nzeogwu" and "Sardauna." ) on the videos are actually NOT the speakers. Apart from their voices, look closely at their mouth movements (and relate them to the sound / words) and make a conclusion for yourself.
    Regardless, what we need is peace, which can only be achieved through love. Peace can make the near impossible possible. With peace, the world can live together happily irrespective of religious and ideological differences. More than that, peace is synonymous with economic development and social stability.

    We just cannot achieve much in Nigeria, and the world in general without peace.

    .

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    Orizu Onyedika 26 October, 2015 at 12:35 Reply

    Well, your write up is OK but you are only pointing finger at igbos refuse to include the yorubas on the coup because, is igbos and yorubas and the calabars the carried the coup, but coup in government would not lead to the killing of innocent igbos?

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    Orizu Onyedika 26 October, 2015 at 12:35 Reply

    Well, your write up is OK but you are only pointing finger at igbos refuse to include the yorubas on the coup because, is igbos and yorubas and the calabars the carried the coup, but coup in government would not lead to the killing of innocent igbos?

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    Orizu Onyedika 26 October, 2015 at 12:46 Reply

    Another place you didn't make good point was that you lied that they where no plans to zik, zik was among the people pointed to be killed but some sabotuars, sabotage the killing of zik and zik run away, well the manner the northerners killed our innocent bloody civilians is so bad and any time fight broke in the north igbos will pay with their life and property , why?

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    Orizu Onyedika 26 October, 2015 at 12:46 Reply

    Another place you didn't make good point was that you lied that they where no plans to zik, zik was among the people pointed to be killed but some sabotuars, sabotage the killing of zik and zik run away, well the manner the northerners killed our innocent bloody civilians is so bad and any time fight broke in the north igbos will pay with their life and property , why?

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    Yswc Ddc 26 October, 2015 at 15:38 Reply

    Ahmed Yusuf Musa, I dont think i have the time to waste by teaching u the history of what went wrong between Nigeria and Biafra, All these were fabricated lies just to destroy the image of Igbos in order to suppress them but this time around, I assure u, their manifestation has come and no body can stop it. NewsRescue Situation, so u dont have the ans to back-up all the lies u stated in ur articles? shame on u cos u re just been sentimental with full of hatrade towards the igbos, i asked u simple question that demands a simple ans butt u fail to answer cos u know that if u ans it, the whole world will know that ur articles where filled with lies… Chinonyelum Ezeadi Nwosu, asked a question too, why did u ans her if mine is too difficult 4 u? she asked, Was it the colonial masters that started the killing of igbos in 1945, 1953 and 1966?

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    Yswc Ddc 26 October, 2015 at 15:38 Reply

    Ahmed Yusuf Musa, I dont think i have the time to waste by teaching u the history of what went wrong between Nigeria and Biafra, All these were fabricated lies just to destroy the image of Igbos in order to suppress them but this time around, I assure u, their manifestation has come and no body can stop it. NewsRescue Situation, so u dont have the ans to back-up all the lies u stated in ur articles? shame on u cos u re just been sentimental with full of hatrade towards the igbos, i asked u simple question that demands a simple ans butt u fail to answer cos u know that if u ans it, the whole world will know that ur articles where filled with lies… Chinonyelum Ezeadi Nwosu, asked a question too, why did u ans her if mine is too difficult 4 u? she asked, Was it the colonial masters that started the killing of igbos in 1945, 1953 and 1966?

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    Yswc Ddc 26 October, 2015 at 15:45 Reply

    Chibuzo 'Boltzmann' Nnonyelu, u dont need to tell him cos they know the truth but chose to hide it that is why they were backward in progress, Its only the Eastern Region are the open minded ppl in Nigeria State, Northerner and Westerner are Hypocrisy and haters of Truth forgotten that truth is life…

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    Yswc Ddc 26 October, 2015 at 15:45 Reply

    Chibuzo 'Boltzmann' Nnonyelu, u dont need to tell him cos they know the truth but chose to hide it that is why they were backward in progress, Its only the Eastern Region are the open minded ppl in Nigeria State, Northerner and Westerner are Hypocrisy and haters of Truth forgotten that truth is life…

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    Dickson Idika Osonwa 26 October, 2015 at 17:19 Reply

    @Aderemi, we learn from the past for what reason? that Britain,Niger and all Arab nations came to help the ZOO to fight Biafrans, this time things has changed ok we are always ready to fight, we are not cowards.

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    Dickson Idika Osonwa 26 October, 2015 at 17:19 Reply

    @Aderemi, we learn from the past for what reason? that Britain,Niger and all Arab nations came to help the ZOO to fight Biafrans, this time things has changed ok we are always ready to fight, we are not cowards.

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    Uche Uma 26 October, 2015 at 21:44 Reply

    NewsRescue Situation Ok -All you have written is true – How does it stop us from being independent from Nigeria to avoid the evil Igbos?
    Wev accept all your accusations as bad – let us leave you in peace since you have already collected your pound of flesh or do you want something else that you have not stated?

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    Uche Uma 26 October, 2015 at 21:44 Reply

    NewsRescue Situation Ok -All you have written is true – How does it stop us from being independent from Nigeria to avoid the evil Igbos?
    Wev accept all your accusations as bad – let us leave you in peace since you have already collected your pound of flesh or do you want something else that you have not stated?

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    Uche Uma 26 October, 2015 at 21:50 Reply

    There is nothing he said that is true without his distorsion. He did not mention the plan of Ademelekun and Bello planning a coupbefore Nzegwu struck. Was he not tapped to replace ironsi though he was not the most senior? Same Fulani/Yoruba alliance that Awolowo resisted but found fertile ground with Akintola that Tinuba has now perfected.

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    Uche Uma 26 October, 2015 at 21:50 Reply

    There is nothing he said that is true without his distorsion. He did not mention the plan of Ademelekun and Bello planning a coupbefore Nzegwu struck. Was he not tapped to replace ironsi though he was not the most senior? Same Fulani/Yoruba alliance that Awolowo resisted but found fertile ground with Akintola that Tinuba has now perfected.

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    Oguchi Martins Egbujor 26 October, 2015 at 23:26 Reply

    I enjoyed this writing but the writer did not include his name. The writer is right to an extent. First the January 1966 coup was organised by two Yorubas and three Igbos. In fact your General Hassan Katsina was among them before he pulled out, out of fear. Nzeogwu did not consult the Igbos before his coup. In fact, the only reason Dr Mike Okpala was not killed was as a result of foreign dignitary visiting his region. Your article was good but at the end, you did not make any recommendation as to the best way forward for Nigeria. You mentioned quite a few northern dignitaries killed in the coup. It is regretable and I strongly believe that Nzeogwu did not plan it that way. I am not in support of it and I believe that no Igbo man except those who planned and executed it like what happened. Why then did Muritala Muhammed and his group decided to kill ordinary innocent Igbos in July 1966? I like your article, you are a man of history and peace. Please try not to taint it with illusion.

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    Oguchi Martins Egbujor 26 October, 2015 at 23:26 Reply

    I enjoyed this writing but the writer did not include his name. The writer is right to an extent. First the January 1966 coup was organised by two Yorubas and three Igbos. In fact your General Hassan Katsina was among them before he pulled out, out of fear. Nzeogwu did not consult the Igbos before his coup. In fact, the only reason Dr Mike Okpala was not killed was as a result of foreign dignitary visiting his region. Your article was good but at the end, you did not make any recommendation as to the best way forward for Nigeria. You mentioned quite a few northern dignitaries killed in the coup. It is regretable and I strongly believe that Nzeogwu did not plan it that way. I am not in support of it and I believe that no Igbo man except those who planned and executed it like what happened. Why then did Muritala Muhammed and his group decided to kill ordinary innocent Igbos in July 1966? I like your article, you are a man of history and peace. Please try not to taint it with illusion.

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    Hillary Ekemam 27 October, 2015 at 05:42 Reply

    This a mixture of facts and lies. One doesn't go too far to unearth the hate of the Igbos that underbelly this write-up. If this is an attempt to rewrite history, it failed woefully because we have for over four decades read the true history of Nigeria and its civil war from those who lived through it. But for someone who clame to have been born in 1975, and has but secondhand information loaded with ethnic innuendos, with visible emphasis when he chose to indict the Igbos, one has no better choice than to cast this hatefilled nonsense into a bottomless laterine. What Nigerians nee now is to find a common ground for unitity and progress and not a vituperation of an idiotic and bigoted enthnicist to drive a larger wedge through the relative ethnic unity that exist. I lost words to describe this writer and what he think he accomplished by this piece.

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    Hillary Ekemam 27 October, 2015 at 05:42 Reply

    This a mixture of facts and lies. One doesn't go too far to unearth the hate of the Igbos that underbelly this write-up. If this is an attempt to rewrite history, it failed woefully because we have for over four decades read the true history of Nigeria and its civil war from those who lived through it. But for someone who clame to have been born in 1975, and has but secondhand information loaded with ethnic innuendos, with visible emphasis when he chose to indict the Igbos, one has no better choice than to cast this hatefilled nonsense into a bottomless laterine. What Nigerians nee now is to find a common ground for unitity and progress and not a vituperation of an idiotic and bigoted enthnicist to drive a larger wedge through the relative ethnic unity that exist. I lost words to describe this writer and what he think he accomplished by this piece.

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    Hillary Ekemam 27 October, 2015 at 05:50 Reply

    One question none if thevIgbo haters have refused answer is this: IF IGBOS ARE DO BAD SND USELESS FOR THE GOOD OF NIGERIA, WHY NOT LET THEM GO? UNTIL THAT WUESTION IS ANSWERED, THEN HATRED FOR THE IGBOS WILL ONLY EMBOLDEN THEM FURTHER AS THEY TRY TO SURVIVE IN THIS ZOO CALLED NIGERIA.

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    Hillary Ekemam 27 October, 2015 at 05:50 Reply

    One question none if thevIgbo haters have refused answer is this: IF IGBOS ARE DO BAD SND USELESS FOR THE GOOD OF NIGERIA, WHY NOT LET THEM GO? UNTIL THAT WUESTION IS ANSWERED, THEN HATRED FOR THE IGBOS WILL ONLY EMBOLDEN THEM FURTHER AS THEY TRY TO SURVIVE IN THIS ZOO CALLED NIGERIA.

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    Lucky Oshoke Aduku 27 October, 2015 at 06:53 Reply

    I think there are better way to settle all these,not violence because does speaking from outside nigeria declaring war war,if the war start them no go come home come fight ohh,it's still the poor innocent Nigerians that will sacrifice their life.so let's be careful.

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    Lucky Oshoke Aduku 27 October, 2015 at 06:53 Reply

    I think there are better way to settle all these,not violence because does speaking from outside nigeria declaring war war,if the war start them no go come home come fight ohh,it's still the poor innocent Nigerians that will sacrifice their life.so let's be careful.

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    Umar Abdulrahman 27 October, 2015 at 07:24 Reply

    Why can't you drop all those tribal sentiments and forge ahead as a people with a common goal . as a Ghanaian we have issues among various tribes in terms of likeness for each other but all those are been managed by integration and coexistence. Let's be careful of using politics to spark unnecessary tribal and religious conflicts

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    Umar Abdulrahman 27 October, 2015 at 07:24 Reply

    Why can't you drop all those tribal sentiments and forge ahead as a people with a common goal . as a Ghanaian we have issues among various tribes in terms of likeness for each other but all those are been managed by integration and coexistence. Let's be careful of using politics to spark unnecessary tribal and religious conflicts

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    Larry Okafor 28 October, 2015 at 13:49 Reply

    The so called BEEF didn't start in 1966. Way back before that era if you can go back to our history, the Northeners had always enjoyed killing innocent Igbos residing and developing Northern Nigeria. Very evidently, that trend still holds on strongly till today. I don't want to get into this deeply at this point but notably, the Northerners should be held accountable if Nigeria disintegrates today. Against all odds, I still believe in one Nigeria but stoutly asking for fairness, appropriate distribution of National equity and equal opportunities in all our national government systems.

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    Larry Okafor 28 October, 2015 at 13:49 Reply

    The so called BEEF didn't start in 1966. Way back before that era if you can go back to our history, the Northeners had always enjoyed killing innocent Igbos residing and developing Northern Nigeria. Very evidently, that trend still holds on strongly till today. I don't want to get into this deeply at this point but notably, the Northerners should be held accountable if Nigeria disintegrates today. Against all odds, I still believe in one Nigeria but stoutly asking for fairness, appropriate distribution of National equity and equal opportunities in all our national government systems.

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    Theophilus Ibenacho 29 October, 2015 at 12:12 Reply

    Can you name the five army Majors that participated in the coup and their tribes? The truth is that the Yoruba and Hausa/Fulani saw the eastherners as dominating in various aspects of the Nigeria polity – education, commerce, industry, public service etc. and they just hinged on the coup and tagged it an Igbo coup to kill the eastherners and drive them out of their various positions. This is a well known fact. The Yoruba writers including Obasonjo had tried to re-write history but it is not possible. Note that before the war, the Yourubas and Hausa Fulani regards every eastherner as Igbo but today they say south south and south East. If they do not regard every eastherner as Igbo, why would they call Nzeogwu coup -( Nzeogwu is from south south) an Igbo coup? The fact remains that we cannot remain as one country because the easthners were sacrificed and have continued to be sacrificed to make confortable the Hausa/fulani and Yorubas. This can no longer continue. Nigerians do not want to expose truth be shamed for a few days and be healed instead they had thought by oppression and suppression of truth they can triumph. God abhors such evil.

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    Theophilus Ibenacho 29 October, 2015 at 12:12 Reply

    Can you name the five army Majors that participated in the coup and their tribes? The truth is that the Yoruba and Hausa/Fulani saw the eastherners as dominating in various aspects of the Nigeria polity – education, commerce, industry, public service etc. and they just hinged on the coup and tagged it an Igbo coup to kill the eastherners and drive them out of their various positions. This is a well known fact. The Yoruba writers including Obasonjo had tried to re-write history but it is not possible. Note that before the war, the Yourubas and Hausa Fulani regards every eastherner as Igbo but today they say south south and south East. If they do not regard every eastherner as Igbo, why would they call Nzeogwu coup -( Nzeogwu is from south south) an Igbo coup? The fact remains that we cannot remain as one country because the easthners were sacrificed and have continued to be sacrificed to make confortable the Hausa/fulani and Yorubas. This can no longer continue. Nigerians do not want to expose truth be shamed for a few days and be healed instead they had thought by oppression and suppression of truth they can triumph. God abhors such evil.

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    Theophilus Ibenacho 29 October, 2015 at 12:18 Reply

    The writer of this article is very ignorant of everything he has written. Probably he read junk books and thwarted histories. I don't have time to respond to him but let him go and research the killings before Nigeria's independence era. Who did the killing, who were killed, where were they killed and for what reasons? Who actually were the brains behind the 1966 coup? Were the Igbos only the ethnic tribe that were invoved? Who frustrated the coup of 1966 and why did Nzeogwu or any of the coup planners not take over power in Lagos? My friend go and do a research. Biafrans will forgive him because he claimed he was born in 1975 but he should go and read more books, then pray to God if he worships the true God to give him wisdom and spirit of descernment so that he stops dishing out ignorance in the media.

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    Theophilus Ibenacho 29 October, 2015 at 12:18 Reply

    The writer of this article is very ignorant of everything he has written. Probably he read junk books and thwarted histories. I don't have time to respond to him but let him go and research the killings before Nigeria's independence era. Who did the killing, who were killed, where were they killed and for what reasons? Who actually were the brains behind the 1966 coup? Were the Igbos only the ethnic tribe that were invoved? Who frustrated the coup of 1966 and why did Nzeogwu or any of the coup planners not take over power in Lagos? My friend go and do a research. Biafrans will forgive him because he claimed he was born in 1975 but he should go and read more books, then pray to God if he worships the true God to give him wisdom and spirit of descernment so that he stops dishing out ignorance in the media.

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    Zsendel Pompas 8 November, 2015 at 07:40 Reply

    Why is tht people can't understand a very simple statement, take away th writers personal opinion, make good reasoning with th historical facts. Yet ppl r insulting th writer for his beautiful nd educational writing. Why don't u make a counter argument instead of u show ur stupidity. Searously i naturally hate to walk around th northan state nd see igbo ppl allover enjoying around doin thr daily routine with no body insulting or harassing thm. Tht i know it can happen to any northern ppl in thr region. I wish my opinions will count let ths ppl go nd leave our land!

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    Zsendel Pompas 8 November, 2015 at 07:40 Reply

    Why is tht people can't understand a very simple statement, take away th writers personal opinion, make good reasoning with th historical facts. Yet ppl r insulting th writer for his beautiful nd educational writing. Why don't u make a counter argument instead of u show ur stupidity. Searously i naturally hate to walk around th northan state nd see igbo ppl allover enjoying around doin thr daily routine with no body insulting or harassing thm. Tht i know it can happen to any northern ppl in thr region. I wish my opinions will count let ths ppl go nd leave our land!

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    Monrosa Monzee Ihasee 8 November, 2015 at 15:17 Reply

    "POST"-COLONIAL NIGERIA. DID THE IGBOS DRAW THE FIRST BLOOD?

    THE MIDWEST REGION

    Let me correct my learned historian Lekan Abayomi that there were four regional governments before the intervention of the military in Nigerian politics, notably the Northern region, Western region, Eastern region and the Midwest region.

    The Midwest region was created by plebisite in 1964 out of the old Western region. Midwest region with it's capital in Benin City was the only region created through the ballot box and it remained so as Bendel state until the military fragmented Nigeria into 36 states.

    Festus Okotie Eboh the number three and finance minister in the Balewa government was from the Midwest. Dennis Osadebay was the premier of the Midwest region. Major Kaduna Nzeogwu although born in Kaduna and can correctly and rightly claim to be a northerner, his parents were from Okpanam in the Midwest region.

    It is important that we don't rewrite history and in naratives, we must point to the facts so that history will judge us well. The Igbos remains an important part for this great nation. In pre military adventure into Nigerian politics, the nation first stood on a tripod stand of the Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba, but later in 1964 stood on 4 pillars.

    After the creation of the 36 states, we have created more cross cutting cleavages with numerous vocarbularies like the south south, Niger Delta, Middle Belt etc being added to concepts describing the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

    Moreover The core secetionist Biafra included much of todays south South ie, Rivers, Cross Rivers and Akwa Ibom states. Outside the core Igbo areas in the old Eastern region, the Old Benin province also included a large area in the Asaba axis, Ogwashukwu, Iseluku, Umunede, Agbor and Obiaruku all now in Delta states speakes Igbo dialects. These areas were not part of Biafra since the river Niger seded them naturally to the Midwest region.

    I hope that we have learnt our lesson. Putting facts on paper rightly cannot do any danmage. On the contrary rewriting history based on sentiments destroys the unity of our great nation. Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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    Monrosa Monzee Ihasee 8 November, 2015 at 15:17 Reply

    "POST"-COLONIAL NIGERIA. DID THE IGBOS DRAW THE FIRST BLOOD?

    THE MIDWEST REGION

    Let me correct my learned historian Lekan Abayomi that there were four regional governments before the intervention of the military in Nigerian politics, notably the Northern region, Western region, Eastern region and the Midwest region.

    The Midwest region was created by plebisite in 1964 out of the old Western region. Midwest region with it's capital in Benin City was the only region created through the ballot box and it remained so as Bendel state until the military fragmented Nigeria into 36 states.

    Festus Okotie Eboh the number three and finance minister in the Balewa government was from the Midwest. Dennis Osadebay was the premier of the Midwest region. Major Kaduna Nzeogwu although born in Kaduna and can correctly and rightly claim to be a northerner, his parents were from Okpanam in the Midwest region.

    It is important that we don't rewrite history and in naratives, we must point to the facts so that history will judge us well. The Igbos remains an important part for this great nation. In pre military adventure into Nigerian politics, the nation first stood on a tripod stand of the Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba, but later in 1964 stood on 4 pillars.

    After the creation of the 36 states, we have created more cross cutting cleavages with numerous vocarbularies like the south south, Niger Delta, Middle Belt etc being added to concepts describing the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

    Moreover The core secetionist Biafra included much of todays south South ie, Rivers, Cross Rivers and Akwa Ibom states. Outside the core Igbo areas in the old Eastern region, the Old Benin province also included a large area in the Asaba axis, Ogwashukwu, Iseluku, Umunede, Agbor and Obiaruku all now in Delta states speakes Igbo dialects. These areas were not part of Biafra since the river Niger seded them naturally to the Midwest region.

    I hope that we have learnt our lesson. Putting facts on paper rightly cannot do any danmage. On the contrary rewriting history based on sentiments destroys the unity of our great nation. Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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    Agha A Chyqelu 8 November, 2015 at 18:54 Reply

    The wiriter of this topic is based and short of what to write , otherwise he ought to have consulted his history book about Nigeria before 1960. Most of the nigeri elites soldiers are from the eastern region . Yet when nzeogwu staged the 1966 coup it wasn't meant to install any Igbo ,as nigeria leader but to flush out the nepotism. And corrupt politicians that have taken the. Center stage in. Nigeria politics by then . Just like Jerry Rawlings of Ghana did . Unfortunately the comrades that was suppose to do their own part in eastern region was unable to accomplish it . Yet. If the igbos as you said staged the coup for selfish reasons . Then Aguiyi Ironsi wouldnt have put Nzeogwu in prison . With other officers who staged the coup . Now let me ask you a question . After the Bisala/ Dimka coup why didnt the northerners go against the people of middle belt . Why didn't they start killing the middle belt people like they massacred the igbos in the North. .? When Ogboru sponsored coup against IBB, which failed and lots of soldiers lost their lives . Did the northerners kill people from Edo state etc as Ogboru hail from there?. When obasanjo was accused of involvement in trying to topple Abacha in a failed coup under planning . What did you post then ?did the Hausa attack the Yorubas in the north for attempting to topple one of their own

    Why didn't the Americans. And the allies butcher those they met on the ground after the fall of Italy . They would have start slitting the throats of Italian citizens afterlll , Mussolini And Hitler aligned . in Japan they would have started slaughtering the Japanese when they conquered them. After all they were the first to drop bombs ,,,pearl Habour ,,, those igbos they massacred in the north , were they soldiers ? Or did they participate in the coup?. Some of you post ,when there is no need or when they have nothing to .

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    Agha A Chyqelu 8 November, 2015 at 18:54 Reply

    The wiriter of this topic is based and short of what to write , otherwise he ought to have consulted his history book about Nigeria before 1960. Most of the nigeri elites soldiers are from the eastern region . Yet when nzeogwu staged the 1966 coup it wasn't meant to install any Igbo ,as nigeria leader but to flush out the nepotism. And corrupt politicians that have taken the. Center stage in. Nigeria politics by then . Just like Jerry Rawlings of Ghana did . Unfortunately the comrades that was suppose to do their own part in eastern region was unable to accomplish it . Yet. If the igbos as you said staged the coup for selfish reasons . Then Aguiyi Ironsi wouldnt have put Nzeogwu in prison . With other officers who staged the coup . Now let me ask you a question . After the Bisala/ Dimka coup why didnt the northerners go against the people of middle belt . Why didn't they start killing the middle belt people like they massacred the igbos in the North. .? When Ogboru sponsored coup against IBB, which failed and lots of soldiers lost their lives . Did the northerners kill people from Edo state etc as Ogboru hail from there?. When obasanjo was accused of involvement in trying to topple Abacha in a failed coup under planning . What did you post then ?did the Hausa attack the Yorubas in the north for attempting to topple one of their own

    Why didn't the Americans. And the allies butcher those they met on the ground after the fall of Italy . They would have start slitting the throats of Italian citizens afterlll , Mussolini And Hitler aligned . in Japan they would have started slaughtering the Japanese when they conquered them. After all they were the first to drop bombs ,,,pearl Habour ,,, those igbos they massacred in the north , were they soldiers ? Or did they participate in the coup?. Some of you post ,when there is no need or when they have nothing to .

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