Emir Sanusi, Northern governors warn against insulting Ahmadu Bello, Balewa

Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II

The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, on Thursday said the North would not allow its past leaders, especially those killed in 1966 coup, to be abused and denigrated.

The emir, whose position was corroborated by the 19 Northern governors, issued the warning at the 50th anniversary of the commemoration of the assassination of the Premier of defunct Northern Region, Ahmadu Bello, held at Arewa House, Kaduna.

Mr. Sanusi II said the history of the 1966 coup is being re-written, noting that even if the North and Northerners had forgiven and forgotten what happened, they would not allow the history to be distorted.

“Tomorrow marks exactly 50 years to an incident in the history of this country in which a number of leaders were killed.

“Sir Ahmadu Bello was one, Sir Tafawa Balewa was another, Chief Akintola was another, Chief Okotie Eboh was another, including a number of generals that hailed from this part of the country and from the Western part of this country.

“Now this has happened, and the events that followed are known but sad. We have gone over them. We have moved on to become one country.

“But 50 years later, before our very eyes, this history is being re-written and those who killed are claiming to be the victims.

“It is important that we keep history truthful. Even if we forgive and forget, we should never allow history to be re-written.

“This is because what is happening in Nigeria today is a new story, a new narrative. Sardauna was not a victim, Tafawa Balewa was not a victim, they were the cause of the problem – we cannot accept this.

“The North and Northerners would not want to open old wounds as everyone has been hurt, offended, marginalised, lost people, produced good and corrupt leaders, and no one has the monopoly of power, corruption or oppression. So people should learn from history.

He noted that like every human being, the late Sardauna and Balewa had their shortcomings but they were heroes and “better than anything that this country has produced”.

Mr. Sanusi II said anyone who had a problem with the late Sardauna should bring his own “Sardauna” and compare.

He said that Nigeria had moved on, and so there was no need drawing sectional, ethnic, regional, religious and secessionist battle.

“I think we owe it to the memory of these gentlemen who were murdered to protect them from insult.

“And so long as we are alive, we will defend their honour. We are calling for peace, we are calling for unity, we are calling for tolerance, but we are insisting on respect – we would not be disrespected,” he added.

Speaking on behalf of the Northern governors, Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, said all governors present on the occasion agreed fully with the speech of the emir.

“As Northern governors, we want peace in Nigeria. We want unity in our diversity. We want progress and development in Nigeria, but we will not accept a situation in which our parents, our forefathers are being insulted.

“We would not accept any revisionist attempt to re-write history and discredit those whose legacies we enjoy,” he warned.

In attendance among the nineteen Northern governors were the governors of Kebbi, Atiku Bagudu; Taraba, Darius Ishaku; Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwal; Borno, Kashim Shettima; and Zamfara, Abdulaziz Yari.


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  • beeline

    EMIR SANUSI LAMIDO,

    There is no tribe in Nigeria called NORTHERNER. No tribe! Speak for yourself as Hausa
    or speak for yourself as Fulani. You don’t speak for the Kanuri or the Birom or the Ilorin,
    or the Kataf or the Nupe or the Bachama or the Tiv or the Igala or the Igbira people.

    • Dele Awogbeoba

      Is their a tribe called Illorin? lol

      • Gerald

        Strange how it is that the history they refused to teach us is being taught us here. I have no doubt therefore that someday they will unwittingly hand us the freedom and justice that they still refuse us; no matter how much, in the interim we accuse others of the very things we are 101% guilty of.

    • TrueNja

      The Ilorins are Yorubas. Original sons and daughters of Oduduwa.

  • Dele Awogbeoba
    • Rommel

      You wrote nonsense,NDI IGBO are bigger than whatever your mind can conceive, go and read what Tanko Yakassai revealed as the real cause of the western Nigeria crisis possibly in vanguard

      • Dele Awogbeoba

        The coup of January 66 had been planned since 1962. The events in the western region was a convenient time and excuse to implement the plan.

        • Rommel

          Well no evidence exists to that effect except in your mind

          • Dele Awogbeoba

            It was in Ademoyega’s book!

          • Rommel

            Have you read other people’s opinion,read Just before dawn,A biography of sir Kashim Ibrahim written by Kola Omotosho

          • Dele Awogbeoba

            Kashim was not a co-conspirator. Ademoyega was. On the issue of planning of the coup, Ademoyega has more credibility than Kashim.

          • Rommel

            Have you read why we struck? what makes you feel that only Ademoyega would be speaking the truth? Nzeogwu was born in the north,Zik was born in the north almost all IGBO’s then had something with north so how could your position be real,look at the type of nonsense you wrote about Eni Njoku etc,well like I said,you write up is filled with ethnic innuendo’s nothing more,a poor attempt at ethnic jingoism which is too bad

          • Dele Awogbeoba

            Eni Njoku was appointed as Vice Chancellor by Jaja Wachuku in the early 62. That is a fact. I did not disparage him I merely stated the fact.

            Ademoyega stated that he and Ifeajuna had started the process of planning the coup in 1962. Ademoyega should be able to discern when the coup first started to take shape.

          • Rommel

            Was he not qualified to hold that position or your problem is that he was of IGBO extraction?

          • Dele Awogbeoba

            Whether he was qualified to hold it is different from saying he was the most qualified to hold it. What was true at the time, was that the NCNC used its position in the alliance to ensure igbos were placed in almost every federal job available that the North did not want to fill for itself. The Yorubas were sidelined for jobs in the federal civil service because the AG refused to join the federal government in 1960. Akintola’s alliance with NPC changed that.

          • Rommel

            Eni Njoku studied botany at the University of Manchester in England. He graduated with a first class honours degree in 1947 and obtained his M.A. degree the following year. In 1954, he obtained his doctorate from the University of London.

            When he returned to Nigeria, Eni Njoku took up teaching appointment at the University of Ibadan as a lecturer. Later he became a senior lecturer and then professor. He was head and dean of the faculty of science.

            He was chairman of the Electricity Corporation of Nigeria in 1956. In 1962, he became the first vice-chancellor of the University of Lagos. Following a major crisis in 1965 over his re-appointment,

            he resigned and became a visiting professor at the Michigan State University, United States. In 1966, Njoku was made the vice-chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where he remained till the outbreak of the civil war in 1967

          • Dele Awogbeoba

            Akinjide replaced him with Mr Biobaku 3 years later. Mr Biobaku’s qualifications were:

            “Biobaku was born in Igbore, Abeokuta to the family of a prominent Muslim chief and wealthy transporter who bore the initials S.O, same as Saburi. He was educated at Ogbe Methodist Primary School, Abeokuta, the Government College, Ibadan andYaba Higher College. He also attended Cambridge University for his master’s degree and the University of London’s, Institute of Historical Research for his Ph.D. He returned to Nigeria thereafter and started his career teaching, he worked as a school master in his former school at Government College, Ibadan. He later became the secretary to the premier of theWestern Region, Nigeria.”

            I would not say that the University of Manchester can be compared with the University of Cambridge then or now. Would you?

          • Rommel

            This is irrelevant,I asked if you think a man with such qualifications did not qualify to hold that position or your grouse was his ethnicity?

          • Dele Awogbeoba

            I am telling you that he was appointed because he was igbo and not because he was the best person for the job. That he had the minimum qualification for the job is irrelevant. If as a minister I have to appoint a CBN governor and I select an MD of Wema Bank that graduated from the University of Jos and is Yoruba. He may well be qualified to do the job. It does not mean that a person that is igbo that is the MD of Zenith Bank and has a first from OAU is not a better fit for the job especially as Zenith is a much bigger and more sophisticated bank and OAU is a more prestigious university than UniJos.

          • Rommel

            Your man was a teacher in secondary school or did I not read you correctly? Government College, Ibadan

          • Dele Awogbeoba

            He was a head master and then a secretary to the premier of the western region with major powers of oversight over the western region bureaucracy. That is the modern equivalent of SFG.

          • Rommel

            HahahahahahahaLol open your eyes and see that it was your people that introduced ethnicity into Nigeria.

          • Dele Awogbeoba

            You had 4 Universities then. The Vice Chancellor of UNN was igbo. The Vice Chancellor of UI was igbo, the Vice Chancellor of Unilag was igbo and the minister of Education was igbo. How very de-tribalised of the igbo!

          • Rommel

            If NDI IGBO were guilty of anything,it was an insistence on merit other than any other consideration period

          • Dele Awogbeoba

            Unfortunately, your view does not accord with the standard of professionalism and education that all three regions had as of 1957.

            http://www.waado[dot]org/nigerdelta/ConstitutionalMatters/willink_commission/background_lennox_boyd.pdf

            The Western region had the most skilled work force and the most educated people. Igbos were able to dominate the first republic because the North had few professionals and those they had Ahmadu Bello wanted them working in the North. Awo foolishly refused to join the centre and left the igbos to make hay until Akintola joined up with NPC in 1965.

          • Rommel

            A closer look at the educational qualification of the First republic of political giants will reveal your folly,The right honorable Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe,the great Zik of Africa had a Phd while Obafemi Awolowo has a first degree through correspondence so this myth created by Awolowo’s poor attempt at free education of the west only succeeded in confusing people,the facts don’t support this because the people of western Nigeria are the same people with the highest records of forged educational qualifications,many went to UK and acme home with forged qualifications so this educational advantage was aimed at take over rather than true qualifications,I am sure your father if he is truthful will tell you this

          • Dele Awogbeoba

            The analysis of the British in 1957 was stated thus:

            http://www.waado[dot]org/nigerdelta/ConstitutionalMatters/willink_commission/background_lennox_boyd.pdf

            operative part:

            “5. In the West the grant of Regional self-government has on balance been
            justified. The Action Group Government, led by the Premier, Chief Awolowo,
            have proved reasonable and competent administrators and, although with the
            steady run-down of the cadre of overseas officers there is bound to be some decline
            in standards of administration, the advanced educational programme of the Region
            should in time provide sufficient replacements. The Premier aspires to national
            leadership and has to this end formed a close alliance with the principal Opposition
            elements in the North and East.

            6. In the East government has seriously run down. Dr. Azikiwe (” Zik “),
            leader of the N.C.N.C. remains in power as the personification of Ibo tribalism,
            but his chronic unwillingness to tolerate around him men of independence of mind
            has brought into being a Regional Executive Council, almost all of whom are
            nonentities. Some of the Federal Ministers drawn from his Party, notably
            Dr. Mbadiwe, have recently lost their posts through constant but so far ineffective
            warfare against his personal dictatorship of party affairs. His star may be on the
            wane. At present he has no serious rival as leader of the Ibos, who are much the
            largest race in the Region, and although it would be much healthier for Nigeria
            if his hand were removed from the helm, the time has passed when Her Majesty’s
            Government could take any effective action to hasten this process. He must be
            left to the disillusionment of his own people.”

            I leave it to you.

            In 1963 the economist wrote a feature on Nigeria:

            http://content[dot]time[dot]com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,829981,00.html

            That article also did a comparitve look at the three regions at that point.

          • Rommel

            Well we all know the stance of the British when it comes to the well being of Nigeria,I am sure must have watched what the Sarduana said about NDI IGBO on youtube,worse things were said because the only people the British were afraid of were NDI IGBO especially because the great Zik had studied in America as against UK which the British felt would have made him compliant to them so no one can be taken for a ride,the history of Nigeria is there and cannot be distorted.

          • Dele Awogbeoba

            In 1963 Time Magazine wrote a feature on Nigeria:

            http://content[dot]time[dot]com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,829981,00.html

            Operative part:

            “In 1960, when Nigeria won its independence, it became at birth the world’s most populous black state and Africa’s biggest question mark. Held together in uneasy federation, the country numbered some 250 tribes and languages, three principal religions (Moslem. Christian, animist), and three big, traditionally hostile regions: the feudal, Moslem North, which claims half the entire population of Nigeria; the East, dominated by the astute, industrious Ibo tribes; and the West, richest and most advanced of all three, whose Yoruba tribesmen are Nigeria’s most sophisticated citizens. As big as Texas and…”

            So I guess you can accuse the American of bias as well.

            The fact remains that at that time, the igbo were very tribalistic (which your type call “merit” focused). That meant when jobs were available and an igbo in charge of selection then an igbo will get the job. When an igbo carries out a coup and despite most of the top army officials and politicians (who were igbo being killed) non igbos are exclusively selected for murder. On “merit”.

          • Rommel

            Stop deceiving yourself with sophisticated tribe,what evidence exists today to prove that? apart from Lagos which does not belong to south west,which other south west enclave is presentable?

          • Dele Awogbeoba

            It was written by Time magazine in 1963 not by me. By all accounts, the only time igbos come on top is when they determine who wins and who loses. Neither the British in 1957 nor the americans in 1963 confirm your inflated view of yourself. As Njoku was appointed in 1962, on can only assume that he was the product and beneficiary of igbo tribalism and the alliance between NPC and NCNC. He was thereafter sacked in 1965 for a more competent vice chancellor.

            Today the Nigerian University Comission has its list of top universities, all the ones in the top 5 are head by a Yoruba and sited within Yoruba land.

            http://www[dot]360nobs[dot]com/2015/01/nuc-releases-the-list-of-top-nigerian-universities-is-your-uni-on-it/

            UNN comes 7. True Merit will always shine.

          • Rommel

            Who are these sophisticated Yoruba if I may ask? Adegoke Adelabu? Ladoke Akintola,Fani Kayode,or are we talking about Lamidi Adedibu,Olusegun Obasanjo,Lta A K Adisa,Adebayo Akala,Ayodele Fayose,Musliu Obakikoro,Bode George etc when you say sophisticated Yoruba,pls point out some for me

          • Dele Awogbeoba

            The article that used the phrase was Time Magazine and the article was written in 1963. Your question is directed at the wrong person.

          • Rommel

            To what extent do you agree with the assessment of Africa by the western media? I gave you a link to watch youtube dot com/watch?v=_WSosECbcmM, have you watched it?

          • Dele Awogbeoba

            You disputed my interpretation of events of the 60’s. I have given you my sources. Lets just agree to disagree. I am aware that igbos consider themselves the best and naturally select another igbo for any vacant post. I also know igbos feel marginalized by Nigeria if Nigeria does the same thing but over looks the igbo! Even if non igbos also state that they are acting on merit. Interesting country.

          • Rommel

            Stop being tribalistic,I talk based on reality and some conjecture from a biased western media that tells you how backward Africa is,if you can show me example of this sophistication,I will accept and not some write up,mention sophisticated Yoruba people,is it Anikulapo Kuti? maybe I am missing something or because WHITE MAN SAID IT so I should accept without question?

          • Dele Awogbeoba

            Mr, I accept that the igbo will naturally ONLY select an igbo to fill any vacancy and will naturally ONLY select a non igbo to be killed if a coup were to occur especially if planned and executed by an igbo. “Merit” is a great thing!

          • Rommel

            Had Nigeria not attacked BIAFRA, NDI IGBO would have gone with our brothers so that Nigeria would be free of us but Alas.,they said to keep Nigeria one is a task that must be done so they brought war to us supported by Awolowo,a very dubious and corrupt man who used to re-bag and sell rejected cocoa beans to unsuspecting produce buyers, today,Tanko Yakassai has revealed that it was excessive profiteering of Awolowo’s wife that caused the problem of western Nigeria, why then did Nigeria need the irritating people instead of happily allowing us to go if we are such people as you describe?

          • Dele Awogbeoba

            Actually, we freed the minorities of the East from certain slavery. They wanted their independence and welcomed state creation. We took the igbos back out of compassion. Kwashiokor had almost decimated them!

          • Rommel

            Oh no before the war,there was no kwashiokor,it came in when that war criminal called Awolowo introduced a blockade but we survived in the end,did we not? we are still present but it will one day be the turn of the Yoruba,I hope you will survive it

          • Rommel

            Watch this youtube dot com/watch?v=_WSosECbcmM

          • Ivan Johnson

            “It only happened that there were more Igbo officers involved in the coup because there were so many Igbo officers in the army at that time”

            People involved in that so called “Igbo coup” are:

            1. Major Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu (Delta Igbo)
            2. Major Adewale Ademoyega (Yoruba) author of “Why we struck”
            3. Capt. G. Adeleke (Yoruba)
            4. Maj. Ifeajuna (Igbo)
            5. Lt. Fola Oyewole (Yoruba) author of “The reluctant rebel”
            6. Lt. R. Egbiko (Esean)
            7. Lt. Tijani Katsina (Hausa/Fulani)
            8. Lt. O. Olafemiyan (Yoruba)
            9. Capt. Gibson Jalo (Bali)
            10. Capt. Swanton (Middle Belt)
            11. Lt. Hope Harris Eghagha (Urhobo)
            12. Lt. Dag Warribor (Ijaw)
            13. 2nd Lt. Saleh Dambo (Hausa)
            14. 2nd Lt. John Atom Kpera.

            And Prime Ogbonna says, “What I am seeing here today is the result of Nigerian govt banning the teaching of accurate history in our schools. How is this an Igbo coup?”

            Do the analysis yourself and answer the question

          • onyema22ohaka

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            HOME / TIMELINE / KENNETH ONWUKA DIKE APPOINTED THE FIRST MELLON PROFESSOR OF AFRICAN HISTORY, BECOMING THE FIRST AFRICAN TO BECOME TENURED IN THE FACULTY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES.
            Kenneth Onwuka Dike appointed the first Mellon Professor of African History, becoming the first African to become tenured in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

          • Rommel

            In your opinion,someone who moved from secondary school teacher,secretary then to Vice Chancellor is more qualified than a university lecturer,well I can see what ethnic bias has done to you,no wonder Awolowo said his loyalty was first to Yoruba before Nigeria and yet we call him a nationalist

          • Dele Awogbeoba

            He was Secretary to the Premier. That is not a secretarial position and he was far more qualified and better educated than Njoku. He was very experienced with the way the bureaucracy works.

          • Rommel

            With what education did he surpass Eni Njoku and in what year did he obtain his Phd?

          • Dele Awogbeoba

            Njoku went to University of Manchester and University of London. Biobaku went to the University of Cambridge and did a PH.d in the University of London. He was made Vice Chancellor for no other reason than he was igbo!

          • Rommel

            Did you read where they said his appointment was based on ethnic considerations?

          • Dele Awogbeoba

            There was a pattern throughout the first republic between 1960-1965. Akinjide himself stated that once he became Education minister having replaced Wachuku he requested to see the list of those given scholarships, 99% of the names on the list were igbo. He insisted it be changed. Evidence is there if you care to research.

          • Rommel

            You also said nonsense about this man –
            Born in Awka, eastern Nigeria, Kenneth Onwuka Dike was educated in West Africa, England and Scotland. He attended Fourah Bay College, Sierra Leone and also Durham University, the University of Aberdeen,and King’s College London. During the 1960s, as a member of the University of Ibadan’s history department,he played a pioneering role in promoting African leadership of scholarly works published on Africa.

            As the head of the organizing committee of the First International Congress of Africanists in Ghana in 1963, he sought for a strengthened meticulous non-colonial focused African research, publication of research in various languages including indigenous and foreign, so as to introduce native speakers to history and for people to view African history through a common eye. In 1965 he was elected chairman of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

            Nwaubani argues that Dike was the first modern scholarly proponent of Africanist history. His publications were a watershed in African historiography. With a PhD from London, Dike became the first African to complete Western historical professional training. At the University College of Ibadan, he became the first African professor of history and head of a history department. He founded the Nigerian National Archives, and helped in the founding of the Historical Society of Nigeria. His book Trade and Politics in the Niger Delta 1830-1885 dealt with 19th-century economics politics in the Niger Delta. He focused on internal African factors, especially defensive
            measures undertaken by the delta societies against imperialist penetration. Dike helped create the Ibadan School of African history and promoted the use of oral evidence by African historians

          • Owenz

            This thread is about Sanusi’s comment not Eni Njoku and Sab Biobaku. Both were eminently qualified to hold any position the academia. Does it matter who appointed who? what matters is whether they are up to the task. By the way since when is the most qualified academic the best administrator?

          • onyema22ohaka

            This for your tribalistic and Igbophobic mind.Read this which was written by a yoruba like you.

            Prof. Eni Njoku was the first Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, from 1962 to 1965. He was Igbo and that factor was unarguably behind his unceremonious removal from office in spite of his administrative and educational credentials. Njoku was succeeded by Prof. Saburi Biobaku as Vice Chancellor. Biobaku was Yoruba. Hence, the replacement was seen to smack of ethnic favouritism. And then the student went on a sustained protest that eventually culminated in a radical student stabbing of Prof. Biobaku in the back during his inaugural address to the university community. Njoku’s first three-year term as Vice Chancellor was widely hailed as the architecture of the enormous achievements that the university had made. One of Njoku’s visionary approaches to university administration was his passion about supplementing local academic staff with others attracted from the global knowledge community as a means of enlarging the idea base of the students with brilliant minds everywhere. This approach was also complemented with a vast infrastructural vision which includes moving the university to its permanent site. Before becoming the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Njoku had already established himself as a renowned biochemist of international repute.
            One of the unfortunate ironies of our national evolution is that it is from mere speculations that we are informed about what could have been, a dimension of our national life that Dim Ojukwu gave perhaps the most profound expression when he described Awo as the best president that Nigeria never had. But that often happened when we have missed the chance. So, we can again speculate about what could have happened if the efforts and visions of seasoned scholars and effective administrators like Ade Ajayi and Eni Njoku had not been aborted by crooked politics and myopia. But as the German politician, Karl-Heinz Hansen reminds us, “A people not prepared to face its own history cannot manage to face its own future.’ We can look back at their work in order to engage the past and future more adequately. In them we see template of selfless dedication to national service and a commitment to fatherland that transcends prejudices. As I have noted previously in a similar essay, these academic heroes taught us the possibility and rewards of a rich collaboration and rapport between the ivory towers and government. A socially and politically responsible intellectual or school of discourse is one that engages the foundations of social formations and political processes and cultural idiosyncrasies of his/her society. The intellectuals represent a pioneering spirit of educational excellence which the Nigerian state can re-calibrate especially in the ongoing efforts to strengthen the nation’s educational institutions.

            Dr.Tunji Olaopa

            ​Permanent Secretary

            Federal Ministry of Communication Technology

            ​Abuja. Nigeria.

          • Dele Awogbeoba

            That he proved to be competent at the job did not detract from the fact that he was hired by an igbo man mainly because he was igbo and he happened to be an academic. I am also not disputing that the same configuration may have come into play with respect to his removal. What was not in dispute was that many igbos in the then federal government ensured most federal jobs were taken up by igbos irrespective of whether they were the most qualified for the job. UNILAG is today, Nigeria’s best university according to the Nigerian university commission followed by 4 other universities sited on Yoruba soil. All have had Yoruba Vice Chancellors since the 60’s and beyond. UNN is rated 7th. His change was a distinct movement forward and a defeat for nepotism!

          • onyema22ohaka

            Noisemaker
            University of port Harcourt is the 6th in Africa. Where did you get your rating?

          • Dele Awogbeoba

            The Nigerian University Commission report of 2015

            http://newswirengr[dot]com/2015/01/28/nuc-releases-2015-nigerian-university-ranking-was-your-institution-named-see-complete-list/#

            then you can check the list as complied by international colleges.

            http://www[dot]4icu[dot]org/ng/

            and the top in africa

            http://www[dot]4icu[dot]org/topAfrica/

          • Ivan Johnson

            “It only happened that there were more Igbo officers involved in the coup because there were so many Igbo officers in the army at that time”

            People involved in that so called “Igbo coup” are:

            1. Major Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu (Delta Igbo)
            2. Major Adewale Ademoyega (Yoruba) author of “Why we struck”
            3. Capt. G. Adeleke (Yoruba)
            4. Maj. Ifeajuna (Igbo)
            5. Lt. Fola Oyewole (Yoruba) author of “The reluctant rebel”
            6. Lt. R. Egbiko (Esean)
            7. Lt. Tijani Katsina (Hausa/Fulani)
            8. Lt. O. Olafemiyan (Yoruba)
            9. Capt. Gibson Jalo (Bali)
            10. Capt. Swanton (Middle Belt)
            11. Lt. Hope Harris Eghagha (Urhobo)
            12. Lt. Dag Warribor (Ijaw)
            13. 2nd Lt. Saleh Dambo (Hausa)
            14. 2nd Lt. John Atom Kpera.

            And Prime Ogbonna says, “What I am seeing here today is the result of Nigerian govt banning the teaching of accurate history in our schools. How is this an Igbo coup?”

            Do the analysis yourself and answer the question ?????????????????????????????????????

          • Dele Awogbeoba

            It only happened that there were more Igbo officers involved in the coup because there were so many Igbo officers in the army at that time”

            Interesting quote. Curious that it did not so happen that most of the casualties were igbo as their were so many igbos in the army at the time. Curious as to how just one died!

            Most of the officers you mentioned were not in the inner circle and did not know what the aims of the coup were. Some , like the author of the reluctant rebel were brought into the plan a day before action and had no idea what the objectives of the coup were.

            http://thenewsnigeria[dot]com[dot]ng/2016/01/fola-oyewole-my-link-with-first-coup-and-why-i-fought-on-biafran-side/

            Lol

          • Owenz

            So did Wale Ademoyega not give credence to the essence of the coup? And how some executed their assigned tasks while some failed as is always the case in any coup.

          • Ivan Johnson

            “It only happened that there were more Igbo officers involved in the coup because there were so many Igbo officers in the army at that time”

            People involved in that so called “Igbo coup” are:

            1. Major Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu (Delta Igbo)
            2. Major Adewale Ademoyega (Yoruba) author of “Why we struck”
            3. Capt. G. Adeleke (Yoruba)
            4. Maj. Ifeajuna (Igbo)
            5. Lt. Fola Oyewole (Yoruba) author of “The reluctant rebel”
            6. Lt. R. Egbiko (Esean)
            7. Lt. Tijani Katsina (Hausa/Fulani)
            8. Lt. O. Olafemiyan (Yoruba)
            9. Capt. Gibson Jalo (Bali)
            10. Capt. Swanton (Middle Belt)
            11. Lt. Hope Harris Eghagha (Urhobo)
            12. Lt. Dag Warribor (Ijaw)
            13. 2nd Lt. Saleh Dambo (Hausa)
            14. 2nd Lt. John Atom Kpera.

            And Prime Ogbonna says, “What I am seeing here today is the result of Nigerian govt banning the teaching of accurate history in our schools. How is this an Igbo coup?”

            Do the analysis yourself and answer the question

          • Dele Awogbeoba

            It only happened that there were more Igbo officers involved in the coup because there were so many Igbo officers in the army at that time”

            Interesting quote. Curious that it did not so happen that most of the casualties were igbo as their were so many igbos in the army at the time. Curious as to how just one died!

            Most of the officers you mentioned were not in the inner circle and did not know what the aims of the coup were. Some , like the author of the reluctant rebel were brought into the plan a day before action and had no idea what the objectives of the coup were.

            http://thenewsnigeria[dot]com[dot]ng/2016/01/fola-oyewole-my-link-with-first-coup-and-why-i-fought-on-biafran-side/

          • New Nigerian

            KADUNA, NORTHERN REGION

            121. Major C.K. Nzeogwu of the Nigerian Military Training College (NMTC) at Kaduna was appointed by the “inner circle” as the commander of the rebellion in the North. The manner in which this was to be organised appears to have been left entirely to him.

            122. The record does not show that any officers, other than Major Nzeogwu, in the North were taken into the confidence of the inner circle. It is, however, probable that some time before the rebellion Major Nzeogwu obtained the co-operation of Major T. Onwatuegwu and Captain G. Ude, both of the NMTC.

            123. Whereas in the West and in the Lagos area military movements by night were not unusual as a result of the disturbed conditions then prevailing, this was not the case at Kaduna. It was, therefore, necessary that a cover be provided for the proposed rebellious activities, at the same time creating a reason for bringing troops out of barracks by night without alerting the senior officers of 1 Brigade to Nzeogwu’s intentions.

            124. It has been established that Military night exercises in the Kaduna area, organized by the NMTC, then under the command of Major Nzeogwu commenced in early December 65, leading up to Exercise Damissa on 13 and 14 Jan. 66. By then the population of Kaduna and the Police were accustomed to troop movements after dark.

            125. The master plan of the inner circle made provision for the arrest of a number of leading political personalities who were not to be killed unless they offered resistance. This may well have been true as far as the West, Mid-West and the East were concerned. In view of Major Nzeogwu’s activities at the Premier’s Lodge in Kaduna, however, it is thought that this officer had no intention of abiding by these decisions but was determined, from the start, to kill the Premier of the North at any cost.

          • Dele Awogbeoba

            All pie in the sky. Balewa, Okotie Eboh and Akintola were all arrested and killed in the West. A number of Northern and western officers were also killed in the west. I will place zero regard or integrity on the later day contorted rationalisations by tribesmen of the murders that executed Nigeria’s first attempt at ethnic cleansing!

          • New Nigerian

            PART 111- EXECUTION:

            126. The details of exercise DAMISSA are not relevant to this report. Suffice it to say that the night exercise of 13 Jan 66 took place in the area of the Ministers’ quarters in Kaduna, whereas that of 14 Jan 66 was held in the bush some 5 or 6 miles outside Kaduna along the Zaria road.

            Units involved

            l27. On 14 Jan 66 troops from the following units took part in Exercise DAMISSA:

            (1) 3rd Battalion NA -“C” Company

            (2) N.M.T.C.

            (3) No. 1 Field Squadron NAE

            (4) No.2 Field Squadron NAE

            (5) 1 Brigade Transport Company NASC

            (6) lst Field Battery NAA

            Arms and Ammunition

            128. Troops proceeding on military training exercises by night or by day were normally issued with their arms, either without ammunition or with blanks.

            129. As far as can be established, this practice was first deviated from on Jan 13 66 when, at approximately 0900 hours Major Nzeogwu handed the Acting RQMS of the NMTC, Ssgt. J. Daramola, a list of live ammunition required for Exercise DAMISSA. This NCO handed the list to Cpl. E. Aiyikere, the arms storeman, with instructions to draw this ammunition from the NMTC Magazine at Kawo. This was done and the ammunition was issued in bulk at approximately 1730 hours on 14 Jan 66 by Ssgt. Daramola and CMS Oko (also of NMTC).

            130. This list of ammunition issued is not available but it has, however, been established that at least 6 x 84 mm projectiles for the Carl Gustav Anti-Tank gun were issued to Sgt. Yakubu Adebiyi, an instructor in the Tactical Wing of the NMTC. These were loaded into a landrover whilst the bulk of the small Arms Ammunition drawn was loaded into a 3-Tonner driven by NA/ 18266054 Pte. Clement Agbe of 1 Bde. Transport Coy. This driver subsequently transported the ammunition to the DAMISSA exercise area.

            Briefing

            131. Exercise DAMISSA terminated at approximately 0130 hours on 15 Jan 66. Around that time all officers engaged in the exercise with the exception of the officers of 1st Field Battery NAA, were called by Major Nzeogwu to attend an “O” Group in the bush at which, they believed, the success or otherwise of the exercise was to be discussed. Identified as present at this discussion are the following:

            (1) Major C.K. Nzeogwu )NMTC

            (2) Major T. Onwatuegwu )NMTC

            (3) Captain G. Ude ) NMTC

            (4) 2/Lt. S. R. Omeruah )3rd Bn NA – “C” Coy

            (5) 2/Lt. D.K. Waribor )

            (6) Capt. B. Gbulie )at the time in command of lst and 2nd Field Squadron NAE

            (7) 2/Lt. Ileabachi )

            (8) 2/Lt. Kpera ) lst Field Sqn NAE

            (9) 2/Lt. P. Ogoegbunam Ibik )

            (10) Lieut. E. Okafor )

            (11) 2/Lt. Ezedima ) 2nd Field Sqn NAE

            (12) 2/Lt. H.O.D. EGHAGHA )

            132. The officers of 1st Field Battery NAA were not called to the “O” Group for reasons which are not altogether clear. No direct use in connection with the rebellion was made of this Battery that night.

            133. When all the officers were assembled, Major Nzeogwu addressed then on the subject of the rapidly deteriorating political and security situation in the Federation. He claimed that a stage had been reached at which the politicians should be told to quit. To accomplish this, he announced, the army had decided to take over power by force of arms.

            He compared the incomes of the politicians with those of Nigerian workers and urged the officers to support the rebellion. He further announced that the revolt was taking place simultaneously in all regional capitals and at Lagos and that, therefore, they need fear no repercussions as a result of the activities in which they were about to participate that night. It would appear that none of these present raised a dissenting voice. In fact, their subsequent actions showed, in most cases, enthusiastic support for the plan.

            134. Major Nzeogwu then proceeded to issue set tasks to each officer present. Events have shown that, subsequently, last minute changes in these plans were made. The tasks allotted have been established as follows:

        • Rommel

          There was nothing like NDI IGBO prior to the counter coup of 1966,are you aware that Aguiyi Ironsi used to call NDI IGBO same thing hausa people used to call us?

        • Ivan Johnson

          “It only happened that there were more Igbo officers involved in the coup because there were so many Igbo officers in the army at that time”

          People involved in that so called “Igbo coup” are:

          1. Major Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu (Delta Igbo)
          2. Major Adewale Ademoyega (Yoruba) author of “Why we struck”
          3. Capt. G. Adeleke (Yoruba)
          4. Maj. Ifeajuna (Igbo)
          5. Lt. Fola Oyewole (Yoruba) author of “The reluctant rebel”
          6. Lt. R. Egbiko (Esean)
          7. Lt. Tijani Katsina (Hausa/Fulani)
          8. Lt. O. Olafemiyan (Yoruba)
          9. Capt. Gibson Jalo (Bali)
          10. Capt. Swanton (Middle Belt)
          11. Lt. Hope Harris Eghagha (Urhobo)
          12. Lt. Dag Warribor (Ijaw)
          13. 2nd Lt. Saleh Dambo (Hausa)???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
          14. 2nd Lt. John Atom Kpera.

          And Prime Ogbonna says, “What I am seeing here today is the result of Nigerian govt banning the teaching of accurate history in our schools. How is this an Igbo coup?”

          Do the analysis yourself and answer the question

          • New Nigerian

            You want History? here goes -PART 111- EXECUTION:

            126. The details of exercise DAMISSA are not relevant to this report. Suffice it to say that the night exercise of 13 Jan 66 took place in the area of the Ministers’ quarters in Kaduna, whereas that of 14 Jan 66 was held in the bush some 5 or 6 miles outside Kaduna along the Zaria road.

            Units involved

            l27. On 14 Jan 66 troops from the following units took part in Exercise DAMISSA:

            (1) 3rd Battalion NA -“C” Company

            (2) N.M.T.C.

            (3) No. 1 Field Squadron NAE

            (4) No.2 Field Squadron NAE

            (5) 1 Brigade Transport Company NASC

            (6) lst Field Battery NAA

            Arms and Ammunition

            128. Troops proceeding on military training exercises by night or by day were normally issued with their arms, either without ammunition or with blanks.

            129. As far as can be established, this practice was first deviated from on Jan 13 66 when, at approximately 0900 hours Major Nzeogwu handed the Acting RQMS of the NMTC, Ssgt. J. Daramola, a list of live ammunition required for Exercise DAMISSA. This NCO handed the list to Cpl. E. Aiyikere, the arms storeman, with instructions to draw this ammunition from the NMTC Magazine at Kawo. This was done and the ammunition was issued in bulk at approximately 1730 hours on 14 Jan 66 by Ssgt. Daramola and CMS Oko (also of NMTC).

            130. This list of ammunition issued is not available but it has, however, been established that at least 6 x 84 mm projectiles for the Carl Gustav Anti-Tank gun were issued to Sgt. Yakubu Adebiyi, an instructor in the Tactical Wing of the NMTC. These were loaded into a landrover whilst the bulk of the small Arms Ammunition drawn was loaded into a 3-Tonner driven by NA/ 18266054 Pte. Clement Agbe of 1 Bde. Transport Coy. This driver subsequently transported the ammunition to the DAMISSA exercise area.

            Briefing

            131. Exercise DAMISSA terminated at approximately 0130 hours on 15 Jan 66. Around that time all officers engaged in the exercise with the exception of the officers of 1st Field Battery NAA, were called by Major Nzeogwu to attend an “O” Group in the bush at which, they believed, the success or otherwise of the exercise was to be discussed. Identified as present at this discussion are the following:

            (1) Major C.K. Nzeogwu )NMTC

            (2) Major T. Onwatuegwu )NMTC

            (3) Captain G. Ude ) NMTC

            (4) 2/Lt. S. R. Omeruah )3rd Bn NA – “C” Coy

            (5) 2/Lt. D.K. Waribor )

            (6) Capt. B. Gbulie )at the time in command of lst and 2nd Field Squadron NAE

            (7) 2/Lt. Ileabachi )

            (8) 2/Lt. Kpera ) lst Field Sqn NAE

            (9) 2/Lt. P. Ogoegbunam Ibik )

            (10) Lieut. E. Okafor )

            (11) 2/Lt. Ezedima ) 2nd Field Sqn NAE

            (12) 2/Lt. H.O.D. EGHAGHA )

            132. The officers of 1st Field Battery NAA were not called to the “O” Group for reasons which are not altogether clear. No direct use in connection with the rebellion was made of this Battery that night.

            133. When all the officers were assembled, Major Nzeogwu addressed then on the subject of the rapidly deteriorating political and security situation in the Federation. He claimed that a stage had been reached at which the politicians should be told to quit. To accomplish this, he announced, the army had decided to take over power by force of arms.

            He compared the incomes of the politicians with those of Nigerian workers and urged the officers to support the rebellion. He further announced that the revolt was taking place simultaneously in all regional capitals and at Lagos and that, therefore, they need fear no repercussions as a result of the activities in which they were about to participate that night. It would appear that none of these present raised a dissenting voice. In fact, their subsequent actions showed, in most cases, enthusiastic support for the plan.

            134. Major Nzeogwu then proceeded to issue set tasks to each officer present. Events have shown that, subsequently, last minute changes in these plans were made. The tasks allotted have been established as follows:

  • RestructureNigeria

    NIGERIANS MUST BEWARE:

    As long the Muslim population remains around or under 2% in any given country, they will be for the most part be regarded as a peace-loving minority, and not as a threat to other citizens. Although there WILL be Islamic
    attacks..

    United States — Muslim 0.6%

    Australia — Muslim 1.5%

    Canada — Muslim 1.9%

    China — Muslim 1.8%

    Italy — Muslim 1.5%

    Norway — Muslim 1.8%

    At 2% to 5%, they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups, often with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs. There will be MORE attacks at this level.

    This is happening in:

    Denmark — Muslim 2%

    Germany — Muslim 3.7%

    United Kingdom — Muslim 2.7%

    Spain — Muslim 4%

    Thailand — Muslim 4.6%

    From 5% on, they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population. For example, they will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature halal on their shelves — along with threats for failure to comply.
    There will now be a level of fear from the natural population towards muslims.

    This is occurring in:

    France — Muslim 8%

    Philippines — 5%

    Sweden — Muslim 5%

    Switzerland — Muslim 4.3%

    The Netherlands — Muslim 5.5%

    Trinidad & Tobago — Muslim 5.8%

    At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves (within their ghettos) under Sharia, the Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of Islamists is to establish Sharia law over the entire world.

    When Muslims approach 10% of the population, they tend to increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions. In Paris , we are already seeing car-burnings. Any non-Muslim action offends Islam, and results in uprisings and threats, such as in Amsterdam , with opposition to Mohammed cartoons and films about Islam. Such tensions are seen daily,
    particularly in Muslim sections, in:

    Almost DAILY attacks in this range

    Guyana — Muslim 10%

    India — Muslim 13.4%

    Israel — Muslim 16%

    Kenya — Muslim 10%

    Russia — Muslim 15%

    After reaching 20%, nations can expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings, and the burnings of Christian churches and Jewish synagogues, such as in:

    Ethiopia — Muslim 32.8%

    At 40%, nations experience widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks, and ongoing militia warfare, such as in:

    Bosnia — Muslim 40%

    NIGERIA– Muslim 42.8%

    Chad — Muslim 53.1%

    Lebanon — Muslim 59.7%

    From 60%, nations experience unfettered persecution of non-believers of all other religions (including non-conforming Muslims), sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon, and ***ya, the tax placed on infidels, such as in:

    Albania — Muslim 70%

    Malaysia — Muslim 60.4%

    Qatar — Muslim 77.5%

    Sudan — Muslim 70%

    After 80%, expect daily intimidation and violent jihad, some State-run ethnic cleansing, and even some genocide, as these nations drive out the infidels, and move toward 100% Muslim, such as has been experienced and in
    some ways is on-going in:

    Bangladesh — Muslim 83%

    Egypt — Muslim 90%

    Gaza — Muslim 98.7%

    Indonesia — Muslim 86.1%

    Iran — Muslim 98%

    Iraq — Muslim 97%

    Jordan — Muslim 92%

    Morocco — Muslim 98.7%

    Pakistan — Muslim 97%

    Palestine — Muslim 99%

    Syria — Muslim 90%

    Tajikistan — Muslim 90%

    Turkey — Muslim 99.8%

    United Arab Emirates — Muslim 96%

    100% will usher in the peace of ‘Dar-es-Salaam’ — the Islamic House of Peace. Here there’s supposed to be peace, because everybody is a Muslim, the Madrasas are the only schools, and the Koran is the only word, such
    as in:

    Afghanistan — Muslim 100%

    Saudi Arabia — Muslim 100%

    Somalia — Muslim 100%

    Yemen — Muslim 100%

    Unfortunately, peace is never achieved, as in these 100% states the most radical Muslims intimidate and spew hatred, and satisfy their blood lust by killing less radical Muslims, for a variety of reasons. Then you have BOKO HARAM, ISIS..Islam with a hall pass!!!

    • igboham

      Non Muslims in Nigeria cannot reason and they will be destroyed. Sorry.

    • New Nigerian

      You use numbers. But they are totally wrong. Just two good examples – USA is 3% Muslim. Nigeria is 52% Muslim. and 40% Christian …and the premise of your analysis is also flawed

      • RestructureNigeria

        Keep enjoying your Usman Dan Fodio Sunni lies. Nigeria is not 52% Muslims. Western intelligence has population figure for Nigeria. By the way, this is not my analysis, you Boko Haram sympathizer. This is a world intelligence behavioral report on Muslims. I just copied and pasted it.

        • New Nigerian

          I bet you you can find anything on the internet to justify any point of view. No pun intended. To you be your truth and to me be mine. Peace

      • Chukwuka Okoroafor

        The numbers vary from one source to another. The Pew Research group has said that Christians may comprise as much as 58% of the population currently.

  • eclub

    Listen to these people.
    So, this is the Fulani renaissance of Nigeria.

    If your minions insult the millions of civilians killed by your terrorist soldiers in the east, expect the Easterners to claim their own victory as well.

    Peace and unity is a good thing. Hopefully, all will respect, forgive, but never forget.

  • simssoon

    Mohamed sanusi trying to be shameless want to be the Emir and an active politician as well.
    There are some qualities espected from a royal father but and oba Akiolu has turn something else.

    • Wole Oluyemi

      @simssoon:disqus

      Sanusi Lamido and Rilwanu Akiolu are misfits as traditional rulers. They are loose canons.

      Neither man exhibits wisdom, knowledge and understanding. They are both APC-appointed.

      • Seyi O. Adesola

        …it’s so sad….these two people are a collective disgrace to history….not only just loose cannons
        ……but bad men outright……no morals…the people they administer are wiser than their Emir and Oba…..
        that is inverse tragedy for Kano and Lagos….where the Emir and the Oba are not good examples…….

        • umolu

          I think they both talk before they think.

      • PolyGon2013

        Then go back to SE.

  • Artful ºDodger

    Those who the devil has since pitched his tent in their DNA are the greedy igbos. The North should make minced meat of all of them there in the North and send their carcass back to the hell hole of the SE where they belong. Igbos are evil spirit possessed and should be exterminated from the face of this earth!

    • Rico

      That wording is very harsh

      • Artful ºDodger

        Not at all sir!

        • igboham

          good luck

    • PolyGon2013

      I just hope iboes do not head to SW, when they are driven away from the north. Igbo people are evil.

      • Artful ºDodger

        That is why i recommend the Northerners should destroy them all over there. The SW and SS is full. They should be destroyed along with their evil since their 5 miserable states cannot contain them. They are the ones that go meeting other people are are now trying to dictate to their hosts. <they should be exterminated like the termites they are!

        • Ndulewe Ikenna

          “Heat not the furnace for your enemy so hot lest it does singe you”

        • FIDELIS C. OBODOEZE

          God punish this evil shit from UGEP. May God wipe out your generation.

    • FIDELIS C. OBODOEZE

      God will surely wipe you and your generation from the surface of this planet
      It is very clear you are completely jobless; your only job is to post anti-Igbo sentiments on this forum 24/7 everyday.

      It is better you go and look for job.

  • Rico

    “But 50 years later, before our very eyes, this history is being re-written and those who killed are claiming to be the victims. Tell them o, the evil fathers and children of the East.

    • Ivan Johnson

      “It only happened that there were more Igbo officers involved in the coup because there were so many Igbo officers in the army at that time”

      People involved in that so called “Igbo coup” are:

      1. Major Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu (Delta Igbo)
      2. Major Adewale Ademoyega (Yoruba) author of “Why we struck”
      3. Capt. G. Adeleke (Yoruba)
      4. Maj. Ifeajuna (Igbo)
      5. Lt. Fola Oyewole (Yoruba) author of “The reluctant rebel”
      6. Lt. R. Egbiko (Esean)
      7. Lt. Tijani Katsina (Hausa/Fulani)
      8. Lt. O. Olafemiyan (Yoruba)
      9. Capt. Gibson Jalo (Bali)
      10. Capt. Swanton (Middle Belt)
      11. Lt. Hope Harris Eghagha (Urhobo)
      12. Lt. Dag Warribor (Ijaw)
      13. 2nd Lt. Saleh Dambo (Hausa)
      14. 2nd Lt. John Atom Kpera.

      And Prime Ogbonna says, “What I am seeing here today is the result of Nigerian govt banning the teaching of accurate history in our schools. How is this an Igbo coup?”

      Do the analysis yourself and answer the question

      • New Nigerian

        PART 111- EXECUTION:

        126. The details of exercise DAMISSA are not relevant to this report. Suffice it to say that the night exercise of 13 Jan 66 took place in the area of the Ministers’ quarters in Kaduna, whereas that of 14 Jan 66 was held in the bush some 5 or 6 miles outside Kaduna along the Zaria road.

        Units involved

        l27. On 14 Jan 66 troops from the following units took part in Exercise DAMISSA:

        (1) 3rd Battalion NA -“C” Company

        (2) N.M.T.C.

        (3) No. 1 Field Squadron NAE

        (4) No.2 Field Squadron NAE

        (5) 1 Brigade Transport Company NASC

        (6) lst Field Battery NAA

        Arms and Ammunition

        128. Troops proceeding on military training exercises by night or by day were normally issued with their arms, either without ammunition or with blanks.

        129. As far as can be established, this practice was first deviated from on Jan 13 66 when, at approximately 0900 hours Major Nzeogwu handed the Acting RQMS of the NMTC, Ssgt. J. Daramola, a list of live ammunition required for Exercise DAMISSA. This NCO handed the list to Cpl. E. Aiyikere, the arms storeman, with instructions to draw this ammunition from the NMTC Magazine at Kawo. This was done and the ammunition was issued in bulk at approximately 1730 hours on 14 Jan 66 by Ssgt. Daramola and CMS Oko (also of NMTC).

        130. This list of ammunition issued is not available but it has, however, been established that at least 6 x 84 mm projectiles for the Carl Gustav Anti-Tank gun were issued to Sgt. Yakubu Adebiyi, an instructor in the Tactical Wing of the NMTC. These were loaded into a landrover whilst the bulk of the small Arms Ammunition drawn was loaded into a 3-Tonner driven by NA/ 18266054 Pte. Clement Agbe of 1 Bde. Transport Coy. This driver subsequently transported the ammunition to the DAMISSA exercise area.

        Briefing

        131. Exercise DAMISSA terminated at approximately 0130 hours on 15 Jan 66. Around that time all officers engaged in the exercise with the exception of the officers of 1st Field Battery NAA, were called by Major Nzeogwu to attend an “O” Group in the bush at which, they believed, the success or otherwise of the exercise was to be discussed. Identified as present at this discussion are the following:

        (1) Major C.K. Nzeogwu )NMTC

        (2) Major T. Onwatuegwu )NMTC

        (3) Captain G. Ude ) NMTC

        (4) 2/Lt. S. R. Omeruah )3rd Bn NA – “C” Coy

        (5) 2/Lt. D.K. Waribor )

        (6) Capt. B. Gbulie )at the time in command of lst and 2nd Field Squadron NAE

        (7) 2/Lt. Ileabachi )

        (8) 2/Lt. Kpera ) lst Field Sqn NAE

        (9) 2/Lt. P. Ogoegbunam Ibik )

        (10) Lieut. E. Okafor )

        (11) 2/Lt. Ezedima ) 2nd Field Sqn NAE

        (12) 2/Lt. H.O.D. EGHAGHA )

        132. The officers of 1st Field Battery NAA were not called to the “O” Group for reasons which are not altogether clear. No direct use in connection with the rebellion was made of this Battery that night.

        133. When all the officers were assembled, Major Nzeogwu addressed then on the subject of the rapidly deteriorating political and security situation in the Federation. He claimed that a stage had been reached at which the politicians should be told to quit. To accomplish this, he announced, the army had decided to take over power by force of arms.

        He compared the incomes of the politicians with those of Nigerian workers and urged the officers to support the rebellion. He further announced that the revolt was taking place simultaneously in all regional capitals and at Lagos and that, therefore, they need fear no repercussions as a result of the activities in which they were about to participate that night. It would appear that none of these present raised a dissenting voice. In fact, their subsequent actions showed, in most cases, enthusiastic support for the plan.

        134. Major Nzeogwu then proceeded to issue set tasks to each officer present. Events have shown that, subsequently, last minute changes in these plans were made. The tasks allotted have been established as follows:

      • Rico

        Lol! You must really think i’m lazy and unable to do research, you are wrong, you can’t force-feed me with false information, I laid my hands on intelligent reports from both friendly and unfriendly nations at the time, the fingers pointed to same direction, fifty years on, the children woke up and wants to use the back door to turn around documented events and very sad moment in our country, an event that paved way for subsequent coups and bloodbaths. Because the school don’t teach history doesn’t mean the truth wasn’t written down, nice try, but try that with five generations down the line, not my generation. Why some of you were brought up to despise others and fed with lies and hatred of other ethnicity, the rest of us were told to search for the truth and hold on to it, we were never fed with hatred nor taught hob to tarnish images, we were told to always search for that truth, we found it and it abides with us, no amount of propaganda can take it from us. Come back five generations down the line.

  • eclub

    To: The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II,

    Greetings, and congratulations to your rise, and coronation as emir.

    The civil war of 1967 is an ugly chapter of the unfinished book titled Nigeria. As an erudite historian, you are very familiar with it, and have written severally of the topic, along with the mistakes, the characters, the tribes, and in some cases with interesting postulations.

    I don’t think there’s a menace of insults dished out to the northern leaders killed in that war, by Nigerians.

    Unfortunately, social media accords unscrupulous people the forum to insult Biafrans, by constantly referring to the number of people killed, or humiliated in the war. And because the war started before even the first shot was fired, and in an effort to make the history complete, some of us make reference to the episode where the leadership of the north also suffered the same fate as those of the fallen Biafrans. In the eyes of God, all human beings are equal. As your eminence know very well, war is not a good thing; in an effort to dissuade those who might think that war is a one-sided humiliation of “other”, I tried to bring their attention to those killed in the north as well. I haven’t seen anyone else make this point, and it wasn’t wildly applauded by this forum’s commentariat.

    Now, I wholeheartedly agree that these leaders should not be insulted. But I also believe in the equality of mankind. I don’t think anybody who died in that war should be insulted, including the Biafran side. I also agree that we should strive for unity, and respect.

    You could have made your comment in front of a unified audience, instead of the northern aegis, and northern governors. It would have been symbolic of unity to include all governors. Nevertheless, if my comments about the history of the war offended, or disrespected any one, I apologize fully. And I hope those who offended our fallen heroes ask for, and receive forgiveness as well.

    Thank you.

    • I did It 4 Love.

      Thanks. Matured and a wise man comment. Have a great weekend.

  • PolyGon2013

    Ibos in the military killed northern and western leaders but spared their own. Whatever the aim of those coup planners, it was a coup within a coup. Ibos connived among their ranksite to eliminate other Nigerians other than their own. The result of that incursion is what has been affecting Nigeria. To other Nigerians, do not trust the iboes, ibos, iborokiri, igbo, or yanminrin. They are just purely evil.

  • Shugaba Nkasa

    Emir, We understand Ndigbo have taught their children hatred thru the romanticized version of the dreadfulness that happened.
    Nonetheless, you can not say all is forgiven and in the next breath, start bringing this up. You are educated, act like it!
    Respectfully yours.

    • Artful ºDodger

      The evil in the heart and soul of the igbos is what will consume them. The North have every rights to exterminate them from their regions. They are a locust tribe with evil for DNA!

      • delta K

        Islamic terrorists, you will end up like those Syrian animals dying every day, pervert Muhammad

  • Dele Awogbeoba

    The January 16 Anniversary, Biafra And The de Ja Vu Factor

    By Dele Awogbeoba

    January 15, 2016As Nigeria approaches the 16 of January 2016, echoes of the massacre and killings of top Northern and Western Nigerian soldiers and top Northern, Western and Mid Western politicians comes back to mind. The events of that day set in motion a cascade of events that left in its wake many deaths, changes to the political structure of Nigeria and fundamental changes to the fiscal structure of Nigeria.

    Some of the changes emanating from those terrible events turned out to be positive. Prior to 1963, Nigeria had 3 regions. Those regions were being led by the respective majority tribes in those regions. The minority groups in those regions were suffering untold neglect and different degrees of discrimination. The minorities of the west campaigned for and was granted a mid west region. The minorities of the East embarked upon Nigeria’s first secession attempt that was brutally put down by Ironsi in 1966 and the North was plagued by the incessant riots by the Tivs and other Northern minorities prior to 1966. The creation of states by Gowon freed the minorities from the oppressive grip of the Northern and Eastern majority tribes and simultaneously tightened the noose around the neck of the rebellious eastern region. The Mid west had been “freed” in 1963.

    As the ghost of Biafra again starts to rear its head, certain similarities can be discerned. In 1960 the Eastern dominated NCNC had been in an alliance with the Northern centered NPC. The relative lack of a skilled Northern work force available to the North ensured that most of the skilled working force of Northern extraction were being employed in the Northern region civil service. Ahmadu Bello was concerned to ensure that Northerners were fully employed in the bureaucracy of the Northern region. This meant that the NCNC was left to fill the jobs in the federal bureaucracy with persons of igbo descent without much push back from the Northern dominated NPC. Jaja Wachuku (the federal Education minister) used that power and space to appoint Eni Njoku and Kenneth Dike as the first vice chancellors’ of the Universities of Lagos and Ibadan respectively. The NCNC also influenced the choice of Ironsi as new GOC of the Nigerian army by the Prime Minister over the heads of the more experienced officers with brigade experience at the time. Ademulegun and Ogundipe were recommended to the Prime Minister by the last British GOC of the Nigerian army General Welby -Everard as his more capable replacements (page 243 of the Nigerian Military by Robin Luckham).

    The 1964 elections changed matters considerably. The NPC had switched alliance partners from the NCNC to the western region based Nigerian National Democratic Party (“NNDP”). All attempts by Zik to cancel or impede the recognition of that election was thwarted. The relative lack of power concentrated in the office of the President of the Nigeria became all the more apparent. The NNDP took its place at the centre. Akinjide (as the new Education minister) wasted no time changing Eni Njoku with the Cambridge educated Saburi Biobaku. The igbo were fast seeing events moving where its position within the federal government was being threatened by a new alliance between the Northern NPC and the western NNDP. A coup was executed mainly by igbo majors with the assistance of lower cadre officers of different ethnicities unaware of the motives behind the coup plotters actions. Some of the junior non igbo officers believed they were going on a routine training course whilst others were asked a day before to participate in the coup.

    It so happened that Zik’s cousin (Ifeajuna) was a lead participant in the coup. It was no coincidence that Zik went missing for over a month until after the coup was given effect to. All people that were political opponents of Zik were gruesomely murdered (whether they be Okotie Eboh within the NCNC or Ahmadu Bello, Tafawa Belewa and Akintola of the NCNC and NNDP respectively).

    Fast forward to today. Again we have a situation where Jonathans’ government had empowered the igbo to such an extent that most of the truly powerful positions within the Jonathan led federal government were being held by the igbo. Again, political events have thrown up an unlikely and unforeseen change in government. The North and West are now back in the centre of political power and the East is feeling the chill wind of relative lack of power at the federal level under a democratic dispensation.

    Like 1965, the igbo have found this state of affairs difficult to comprehend or grapple with. It lacks the people in the army to effect the violent change of government so the 1966 option no longer exists. Its next course has been to threaten secession. Its major problem is it lacks any leverage within the Nigerian socio political structure. The west controlls the economy of Nigeria and could and did ground Nigeria down during the Abiola crisis. The Niger delta’s resources feeds the entire country. It could and did shut the taps off during the MEND crisis. Nigeria had to discuss a more equitable derivation formula. That policy discussion is still ongoing.

    The igbo has no such leverage. The economy of the east contributes less than 5% to Nigeria’s GDP. Its people have made a habit of migrating to the four corners of Nigeria to make a living. The country is aware that the SE has insufficient land to house all igbos and if it does manage to contain the igbos there will be no land left to farm for the purposes of feeding such a massive population. It’s need to facilitate easy egress from the SE has made the need for a second Niger bridge a more compelling South East interest for the elites of the igbo than lobbying the federal government for funds to be expended on curbing ravaging effects of large scale erosion within the South East itself.

    In a bid to force the Federal Government to take its feelings of neglect seriously, it has opted to attempt to annex not only the liberated parts of the former minority areas of the Eastern region but has added the delta part of the former mid western region. It has tried to turn back the clock of the Biafran defeat and ejection from the former mid west. The igbo dominated IPOB, MOSSOB and BIM now say that despite the near 100% igbo leadership at all levels of all the three organisations, the Biafran struggle is not somehow an igbo struggle but a “biafran” struggle whilst at the same time referencing as their gripe the lack of a 6th state for the South East and the use of federal character for admissions into federal universities (a position ignored by the University of Nigeria Nnsuka). It has ignored the fact that Bayelsa, Cross River, Ebonyi and Rivers are states that had relatively low scores in the tests results that so infuriated the igbo South East. In a nutshell, the Nigerian policies which is giving birth to the new agitation of Biafra are things that uniquely affect the igbos.

    The federal government appears to be acting fast. It plans to site a new division of the army in the South South. That is only part of the solution. It must allow greater fiscal federalism within Nigeria. More power should be devolved to the states that allows all states to exploit the resources within their domains. Each state knows their domains better than the federal government. Nigeria has so much oil, gas and solid mineral resources that can be harnessed by a truly serious state government. Each state is blessed with some natural material and human resource that can be efficiently exploited.

    The federal government needs to step back and allow the state governments take more control. It can manage and regulate extraction in order to safeguard the environment and have a split in the proceeds of such extraction (50% say). The federal government cannot however run away from this needed institutional reform. It will force many rich states to become rich in actuality. At this point, there is no logical case for any further state creation. The political bureaucracy is large enough. Focus however needs to be placed firmly on fiscal change. Gowon embarked on political change days before Nigeria faced its second secession attempt. I hope President Buhari does not wait to such a time to review Nigeria’s fiscal construction.

    Dele.Awogbeoba@gmail.com

    http://pointblanknews[dot]com/pbn/articles-opinions/the-january-16-anniversary-biafra-and-the-de-ja-vu-factor-2/

    • PolyGon2013

      Thank you. Igbos know that they are losing power, and they would do anything including the threat of secession to get power back. To all Yorubas, please do not trust ibos in your midst.

    • Ivan Johnson

      “It only happened that there were more Igbo officers involved in the coup because there were so many Igbo officers in the army at that time”

      People involved in that so called “Igbo coup” are:

      1. Major Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu (Delta Igbo)
      2. Major Adewale Ademoyega (Yoruba) author of “Why we struck”
      3. Capt. G. Adeleke (Yoruba)
      4. Maj. Ifeajuna (Igbo)
      5. Lt. Fola Oyewole (Yoruba) author of “The reluctant rebel”
      6. Lt. R. Egbiko (Esean)
      7. Lt. Tijani Katsina (Hausa/Fulani)
      8. Lt. O. Olafemiyan (Yoruba)
      9. Capt. Gibson Jalo (Bali)
      10. Capt. Swanton (Middle Belt)
      11. Lt. Hope Harris Eghagha (Urhobo)
      12. Lt. Dag Warribor (Ijaw)
      13. 2nd Lt. Saleh Dambo (Hausa)
      14. 2nd Lt. John Atom Kpera.

      And Prime Ogbonna says, “What I am seeing here today is the result of Nigerian govt banning the teaching of accurate history in our schools. How is this an Igbo coup?”

      Do the analysis yourself and answer the question????????????????????????????????????????????????????

      • New Nigerian

        The actual report of what happened:

        PART 111- EXECUTION:

        126. The details of exercise DAMISSA are not relevant to this report. Suffice it to say that the night exercise of 13 Jan 66 took place in the area of the Ministers’ quarters in Kaduna, whereas that of 14 Jan 66 was held in the bush some 5 or 6 miles outside Kaduna along the Zaria road.

        Units involved

        l27. On 14 Jan 66 troops from the following units took part in Exercise DAMISSA:

        (1) 3rd Battalion NA -“C” Company

        (2) N.M.T.C.

        (3) No. 1 Field Squadron NAE

        (4) No.2 Field Squadron NAE

        (5) 1 Brigade Transport Company NASC

        (6) lst Field Battery NAA

        Arms and Ammunition

        128. Troops proceeding on military training exercises by night or by day were normally issued with their arms, either without ammunition or with blanks.

        129. As far as can be established, this practice was first deviated from on Jan 13 66 when, at approximately 0900 hours Major Nzeogwu handed the Acting RQMS of the NMTC, Ssgt. J. Daramola, a list of live ammunition required for Exercise DAMISSA. This NCO handed the list to Cpl. E. Aiyikere, the arms storeman, with instructions to draw this ammunition from the NMTC Magazine at Kawo. This was done and the ammunition was issued in bulk at approximately 1730 hours on 14 Jan 66 by Ssgt. Daramola and CMS Oko (also of NMTC).

        130. This list of ammunition issued is not available but it has, however, been established that at least 6 x 84 mm projectiles for the Carl Gustav Anti-Tank gun were issued to Sgt. Yakubu Adebiyi, an instructor in the Tactical Wing of the NMTC. These were loaded into a landrover whilst the bulk of the small Arms Ammunition drawn was loaded into a 3-Tonner driven by NA/ 18266054 Pte. Clement Agbe of 1 Bde. Transport Coy. This driver subsequently transported the ammunition to the DAMISSA exercise area.

        Briefing

        131. Exercise DAMISSA terminated at approximately 0130 hours on 15 Jan 66. Around that time all officers engaged in the exercise with the exception of the officers of 1st Field Battery NAA, were called by Major Nzeogwu to attend an “O” Group in the bush at which, they believed, the success or otherwise of the exercise was to be discussed. Identified as present at this discussion are the following:

        (1) Major C.K. Nzeogwu )NMTC

        (2) Major T. Onwatuegwu )NMTC

        (3) Captain G. Ude ) NMTC

        (4) 2/Lt. S. R. Omeruah )3rd Bn NA – “C” Coy

        (5) 2/Lt. D.K. Waribor )

        (6) Capt. B. Gbulie )at the time in command of lst and 2nd Field Squadron NAE

        (7) 2/Lt. Ileabachi )

        (8) 2/Lt. Kpera ) lst Field Sqn NAE

        (9) 2/Lt. P. Ogoegbunam Ibik )

        (10) Lieut. E. Okafor )

        (11) 2/Lt. Ezedima ) 2nd Field Sqn NAE

        (12) 2/Lt. H.O.D. EGHAGHA )

        132. The officers of 1st Field Battery NAA were not called to the “O” Group for reasons which are not altogether clear. No direct use in connection with the rebellion was made of this Battery that night.

        133. When all the officers were assembled, Major Nzeogwu addressed then on the subject of the rapidly deteriorating political and security situation in the Federation. He claimed that a stage had been reached at which the politicians should be told to quit. To accomplish this, he announced, the army had decided to take over power by force of arms.

        He compared the incomes of the politicians with those of Nigerian workers and urged the officers to support the rebellion. He further announced that the revolt was taking place simultaneously in all regional capitals and at Lagos and that, therefore, they need fear no repercussions as a result of the activities in which they were about to participate that night. It would appear that none of these present raised a dissenting voice. In fact, their subsequent actions showed, in most cases, enthusiastic support for the plan.

        134. Major Nzeogwu then proceeded to issue set tasks to each officer present. Events have shown that, subsequently, last minute changes in these plans were made. The tasks allotted have been established as follows:

  • baggies2016

    in terms of whether they have wisdom or character there’s no difference

    – no real difference – between Lai Muhammed and Sanusi Lamido Sanusi,

    unless either man can show why he is not to be compared to the other man.

  • IZON Redeemer

    Sanusi the fake Emir of Kano, installed by the Yorubas——————- was the rogue who started the fight against the Ijaw Nation via his regional quarrel with Jonathan- The lies he told the world about Jonathan stealing 20b–Is Buhari still investigating the theft of the 20b since his CIA induced victory at the polls. Now he want us torespect his leader–while he insults Ijaw leaders like Jonthan abi? Respect is reciprocal! U respect me I respect u period–Sanusi it was who turned the 20b rubbish into an ethnic matter for the Apes in APC–Every Human Being or ethnic group in Nigeria, have the unalienable right to fight for self-determination-in accordance with the ARTICLES THAT ESTABLISHED THE UN. Besides the Fulanis will never be allowed to deceive the people of the South-south into following them sheepishly as we did during the civil war- AGAIN. As a matter of fact—Any Nigerian who believes in the Fulanis uniting the various ethnic groups in 9ja, may do so at their own peril–Rather than have Sanusi who stole CBN blind, preach unity–and share ideas as a former CBN governor, on how to move the economy forward, the mumu is here issuing vile threats to the Ijaw Nation–As a matter of fact, I blame mumu semi Ibos like wahala—who often turn around at night to appeal to these same Fulanis for help- at the end of the day–Separation is the only answer not the rule of the Fulanis ati their Yoruba traitors who Akintolad their way to the North-with their Ibo surrogates—political autonomy for the 6 zones is all we ask for now–for freedom is our gola

    • Arogbo

      @Izon Redeemer, I am still waiting for your comment on the news circulating the social and print media that Tompolo has started blowing up pipelines in Warri. I want your honest reaction to this breaking news. Sometimes, I am mystified by your comments, but I will leave at that for now. Respect!

      • Rollingdollar

        Can you in ALL honesty claim that Tompolo is breaking pipeline. Please leave the gentleman alone, he has said he has nothing to do with pipeline vandalism. But if I must advice you, for every Tompolo, there other ‘ruff necks’ on the street wishing to establish their own legend. This is more dangerous. That is why governance is by WISDOM and not ‘soldier mentality ‘ cheers

    • truthteller

      Na wa for you people! In your demented mind Yoruba people made Sanusi the Emir of Kano. Who knew that Kwankwaso the governor of Kano that ratified the selection of the king makers in Kano was a Yoruba man. And by the way, Goodluck Jonathan who gave federal government approval for Sanusi’s appointment be a Yoruba man too. Yoruba this, Yoruba that. Why do we dominate the Igbo consciousness so completely?

  • Intrepid

    All these hues and cries from mortals seeking relevance should stop. Bello is not god. People still give their divergent opinions about Ghandi, stalin, Napoleon and Hitler. To some they are like heroes, while other may see them as evil men. Such is life. Let no one gag the public, of their opinion about mortals.

    • Arogbo

      I totally agreed with you because the right to divergent views are guaranteed by our constitution, but on the same vein, that right comes with responsibility. We cannot continue to instigate one ethnic group against another under the pretence of free speech. Some of the hate speech being spewed out under the veil of social media in this platform is totally unacceptable.

  • Owenz

    Sanusi is cooking up divisiveness as always. For a man of his position who benefited so much from Nigeria to drum up irridentism is sad and a waste.

    • Opuwari

      It is the Yariba people whom they seem to have cowed for life that gives them the efferontery to speak such nonsense. When a Yoruba General in the Army goes on his knees to beg and cry why will the Hausa not feel everyone should bow like the Yaribas do? But Sanusi is wrong and should mind his language. Pure rubbish coming from him. Is it not the Igbos who should say they have forgiven Nigeria? What does the North contribute to Nigeria apart from violence and Islamic terrorism?

      • truthteller

        Ol boy, shut up there. You clowns go on and on about cowardly yorubas. Was it not a yorubas general, Benjamin Adekunle the famous “Black Scorpion” of the 3rd marine brigade that whooped Biafra to stupor in the South South theater of the Biafra war? Was it not another Yoruba general, Olusegun Obasanjo that took Enugu and ended the war? You know what cowardice is? It is best described by a warlord packing up and running away when the war reached his doorstep, abandoning the people he led into war. That singular honor belongs to the coward in chief, Ojukwu.

        • PolyGon2013

          Don’t mind these bastards (igbo). Could you imagine if OBJ had stated.what Sanusi was saying, they will be abusing and accusing him! All of a sudden, they are now too scared to issue threat against him. Ibos with their gragra are cowards. Once the chips come down, they will go into hiding.

          • Alexander

            Your master Sanusi whom your fathers served his is just ranting.

          • truthteller

            Did Ojukwu the coward in chief of Biafran forces run away or not as a Yoruba general approached Enugu? Stop changing topics.

  • Omotolaaraujo

    Sanusi be gone. Get real employment.

  • igboham

    The sooner we separate ourselves from this people, the better we can live a fulfilled life with dignity. We will respect each other as neighbors hopefully and not by dictate. .

  • Room 23

    ACT 1, SCENE 1
    So, in the evening of Wednesday February 27, Mrs. Yaro flew to Lagos ahead of Mr. Sanusi, skipping work, at taxpayers’ expense, on Thursday February 28 and Friday, March 1… To keep faith with Mrs. Yaro’s date, the CBN governor arrived Lagos, traveling on a chartered flight, on the night of February 28, and checked into the Federal Palace Hotel, passage and boarding all at taxpayers’ expense.

    ACT 1, SCENE 2
    Mrs. Yaro arrived Lagos on the night of March 15, and immediately checked into the Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel on Victoria Island. Mr. Sanusi flew from Kano to Lagos via chartered jet on the bills of the Nigerian taxpayers. ..The lovers spent that night and the next day together in the hotel…Both Mr. Sanusi and Mrs. Yaro rendezvoused in the hotel till Sunday , PREMIUM TIMES learnt.


    ————————————————————-
    “…I had such a wonderful weekend,” Mrs. Yaro confessed to the governor while aboard her Abuja-bound flight. “You have revived in me what I thought I lost long ago. I thought I lost the passion to love again,” she claimed.
    “Alhamdulillahi. Love you,” Mr. Sanusi responded in a measured tone —– Premium Times, June 2, 2013

    ….and he became an Emir=King= of his people…possible only in warped Nigeria…….and for your information, nobody must insult Sanusi Lamido Sanusi AT Room 23. Why? He is an “eminent” and “great” leader of Room 23 at Raddisson Blu Hotel. Nonsense!

  • Room 23

    “But 50 years later, before our very eyes, this history is being re-written and those who killed are claiming to be the victims.” – Sanusi

    I think Sanusi is dreaming? Is he saying Igbos were not killed in the North, West and all parts of Nigeria? This is pure rubbish and he should be told that he is lying. Pure lies. Blatant lies. How dare he desecrate the memory of those innocent Nigerians who were hacked down with knives just because they were Igbos or looked like Igbos? Is Sanusi aware that pictures & videos of the killings of Igbos exist? His mention of forgiving the Igbos is annoying and a slight on the Igbo race. I hope he will get a response from the appropraite quarters. A man like him caught in the hotel spending tax paysers money on a mistress while a CBN governor should not continue along the path of infamy.

    • Lawrence Agha

      The irony of it all is that virtually Igbo leaders have all gone silent since the second coming of Buhari, so, waiting for response from the ‘appropraite quarters’ might take a while. These Northern leaders think that it is only their own narrative that should be accepted as the historical fact.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    ALL HAIL BIAFRA !!

    • Sparzo

      silly boy.

      • delta K

        Islamic jihadist terrorists

        • Sparzo

          Ouch!

  • New Nigerian

    We forgive and never to forget. In this we borrow the official motto of Quebec Canada – Je me souviens (I Remember!)…WE remember so we can ensure that never again would our leaders be slaughtered in cold blood. Never again would Nigeria be allowed to degenerate into war and the masses killed due to the gargantuan egos of a few wannabe Oligarchs.

    I was too young to have known these past heroes. However I have seen their legacies and I recall the reverence with which my father used to speak about them and how he adopted their approach to public service, serving the masses for the sake of God. I have seen videos of their speeches and benefited from their legacies. Their legacies lives on in each and everyone of us and in this they live forever. They are giants whose shoulders we stand on. The selfless work and services for the people truly done for the sake of God is perpetual charity and recorded in their book of good deeds until judgement day. Let those who aspire to serve, learn from these heroes past – Sir Ahmadu Bello. Sir Abubakar tafawa Balewa and all those who worked with them selflessly for the sake of God – we thank God for your life of service and for being constant source of inspiration for us. You suffered martyrdom for your selfless service for the sake of God and even in this is a sign for people of understanding. You have preceded us with faith in God almighty. May we keep the faith so we can follow in your foot steps, serving humanity with humility for the sake of God. May God Bless and be merciful on you, and all of our departed loved ones, and May God continue to bless the Federal republic of

  • Solomonson

    When the Emir of Kano talk of Sardauna he talk of UNITY but when he talk of Religion he talk of DISUNITY. Rather than the Emir talk of calming the people when he was talking of the massacre of the Shiites, he instigate the people against the Shiites. Our Emirs should learn to be Emirs to all irrespective of Sect or religion.

  • Profy

    I just pray that one day Igbos will understand that the Genesis of Nigeria Problem started from them because of their greed and domineering spirit. They want to have it all.
    They killed Northern and Western leaders and spared their leader. They introduce decree 34 which center on Unitary System of Govt. This is the bane of Nigeria Problem.
    Until they realise that and stop this their ego and greed, true reconciliation can never take place. They should thank God they still allow them to occupy position and leave equally with other Nigerians. Honestly they don’t deserve it bcos they are passing this ego, hatred and greed to the next generation. That is what give birth to Nmandi Kanu and many other Biafrans. History has been distorted.

    • Alexander

      The usual Ofemanu coward rants.checkout those that have empty our National treasures and banks vaults name if it wasn’t over populated by lazy cowards Ofemanus?where in this country did we have wanted drug Barons as regional leaders if not Yorubas before you starts pointing your dirt amala fingers at others.

  • ed

    Mr. Sanusi is one of the most insulting leaders from the North. He called the Yoruba’s all kind of names, blamed southerners for the backwardness of the Northern Nigeria.
    He constantly shows hated for the southern. Let’s lecture him on some historical background.
    Ahmadu Bello wanted the north to separate from Nigeria before our independence. These are historical fact. Documented and recorded.
    We’re giving you the right account, but you’re feeling like we’re going you hell fire. The truth about the Nigeria experience must be told accurately.
    Northerners can’t rewrite history.
    The insult is coming from your end. Anyone can google Ahamdu Bello speech on disintegration of Nigeria.
    Today we have all Fulani’s herdsmen in the control of all arms of Nigeria government. Future references to the Islamic Norterners first , approaches to government of Buhari’s administration will be denied. But we’re all living with it that reality today.

    • danfodio

      @disqus_zicFb9uJk6:disqus ,

      Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has no home training. Very simple! He is still awaiting a criminal trial for stealing.
      He has been struggling and failing since to fit into oversize toga of Emir of Kano wangled for him for a fee.
      He should stop tying – he hasn’t the morals or knowledge to earn any respect he’s growling at others for.

      President Buhari may cut and dice it, as he wants, the statutory audit of the federal government prevails.
      This Sanusi Lamido Sanusi publicly insulted the superior cultured Yoruba people in 1998 or thereabouts.
      He felt that by so doing he’d make his smelly Fulani brethren feel less bad, but he only created more odors.

      • Kekedu

        I think this allegation was under GEJ… as always he did nothing

    • dandan

      @disqus_zicFb9uJk6:disqus

      Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has no home training. He is still awaiting criminal trial for financial fraudulence.
      He has been struggling and failing since to fit into oversize toga of Emir of Kano wangled for him as exchange
      He should stop tying – he hasn’t the morals or the knowledge to earn any respect that he’s growling at others for.

      President Buhari may cut and dice it, as he wants, the statutory audit of the federal government prevails.
      This Sanusi Lamido Sanusi publicly insulted the superior cultured Yoruba people in 1998 or thereabouts.
      He felt that by so doing he’d make his Fulani brethren feel less bad, but he only created more odors inter se.

      • alkali2016

        CBN audit result on Sanusi Lamido: THIS IS ALL WE KNOW….

        • ₦38.23billion developed legs and got missing in Central Bank under Sanusi Lamido Sanusi,
        • ₦1.97billion was paid out in cash and entered on Central Bank accounts as “inexplicable
        expense” by Sanusi Lamido Sanusi,
        • ₦20billion was paid out in cash as Legal Fees by Sanusi Lamido to persons un-known,
        • ₦3.086billion was paid out in cash by Sanusi Lamido as expense ostensibly to promote
        Central Bank image,
        • ₦160billion was paid out by Sanusi Lamido at Central Bank for self-determined activities,
        • ₦240billion was discretionally doled out at will as ‘donations’ by Sanusi Lamido,
        • ₦1.12billion was taken in cash and entered in the account as paid to a
        non-operating airline for charter service,
        • ₦1.12billion was claimed as spent by Sanusi Lamido on lunch for 12 CBN police
        guards in one year.

        • ed

          Why is Buhari training his eyes only @ Jonathan. While Sanusi continue to insult and play on our intelligence. The list you’ve made above are well known to President Buhari, DSS, and SSS. The south need to ask that Sanusi be charge to court.
          That’s not going to happen under Buhari.
          All the power are with the same Fulani’s mafia.

    • Julius

      So, explain to me why Zik sold out the East to the North . He allied with them for everything. Now you are talking, , blaming Sanusi . Zik made the Eastern folks the Northern slaves. Ojukwu said as much about Zik and the deceitful leadership of the Easterners. You quote and praise Sanusi when it fits your narratives,

      • Kickboxer

        Lol…cowardly Yariba slaves are ashamed of their 400 years under Fulan enslavement and now they want to cover their CONTINUOUS ENSLAVEMENT by telling all others that they are also enslaved. But only among COWARDLY YARIBA SLAVES would such level of BAMBOOZLING fly……..COWARDLY YARIBA SLAVES sat there and HOUSE SLAVE OLUSEGU OBASANJO was imposed on YARIBA SLAVES to cover YARIBA SLOT.

        Read Yariba history from 16th century till date and all peoples know that effectively YARIBAS ARE UNDER ENSLAVEMENT: it is the EDO-ESAN, Portuguese, Fulani, British, and since 1966, Fulani.

        EVEN smaller in population IJAW nation produced a president with backbone than HOUSE SLAVE OLUSEGUN OBASANJO………

        AS slaves YARIBA SLAVES sat as that genocidal Awolowo was denied presidency by HOUSE SLAVE OBASANJO as a proxy for Yariba slaves’ Fulani masters. Same Yariba slaves sat cowardly in place when Abiola was denied the presidency by HOUSE SLAVES Obasanjo/Shonekan.

        Now that Igbos are 11 million in Lagos, YARIBA SLAVES have jettisoned their ODUDUWA out of fear that they would be dealt with if they start any ODUDUWA.

        No serious mind take YARIBA SLAVES seriously….YARIBA SLAVES ARE MERELY SITTING DUCKS or womn ready to accept ANY MAN who wins the next fight…….hahahaha

        • ed

          Let me advice you to consult a Medical Doctor. You really do need help.
          Yoruba’s had Igbo’s as annual labourers.
          Working in the farms. We had them by the dozen. We feed them daily while they work in the cocoa farms and planting yams. We don’t take prisoners or slaves.
          Thanks to the generosity of our people, that let you back in to our land. We gave you capital to start standing on your own 2 feet. Now you’ve started to enjoyen life as independent people.
          How dear you come here telling all this lies about the brave and enterprising Yoruba’s.
          Ask for forgiveness.

          • Julius

            Stop responding to a delusional loud mouth loser. They are losers and thats how losers reason and talk. All noise without facts. You know Ibos always think when they rant, rave and rants, they are right. History means nothing to them. Dont expect anything positive from uncultured people.To them noise is facts.

      • ed

        The only time I praised Sanusi was the outing of $20 billion missing fund.

  • truthteller

    I’m amused when some clowns go on and on about cowardly Yorubas. Was it not a Yoruba general, Benjamin Adekunle the famous “Black Scorpion” of the 3rd marine brigade that whooped Biafra to stupor in the South South theater of the Biafra war? Was it not another Yoruba general, Olusegun Obasanjo that took Enugu and ended the war? You know what cowardice is? It is best described by a warlord packing up and running away when the war reached his doorstep, abandoning the people he led into war. That singular honor belongs to the
    coward in chief, Ojukwu.

    • Julius

      Dont forget they surrendered to another Yoruba officer by the name. GENERAL OBASANJO ! Yes, they one and only. Go on youtube and see how he handed them over to Gen Gowon . He saluted and said reporting for duty and re-deployment. It was a beautiful thing to see. lolz Now they calling Yoruba cowards when they all prefer surrendering to a Yoruba officer in the war front because the Hausa officers were treating them badly even killing them. Its a fact.

      • Kickboxer

        Neither Yariba enslaved habitual COWARDS nor their Islamist Fulan masters did not win a Nigeria Civil War. Rather the British, Soviet Union(2 super powers) and Egypt won the war. That is how INTELLIGENT & CIVILIZED PEOPLE see Nigeria Civil War.

        Sam way Syrian Albashir would not defeat Syria rebels or ISIS. Russians would. Libyan rebels did not defeat Ghadafi. Nato did.

        • truthteller

          Keep fooling yourself with a revisionist history of the war. Ask your fathers about the great Yoruba warlords and generals that destroyed the Biafran forces. Yorubas don’t make noise. When we speak – Nigeria listens because we back it up. Didn’t we tell you that if a Yoruba man did not become president Nigeria would cease to exist in 1999? Didn’t a Yoruba man become president? All noise, no action, cowardly igbo – all gra gra, no sense.

    • Alexander

      Those your so call generals were mopping up generals after the British,Russians and Egyptians have finished their carpet bombings of Biafar land.Don’t forget Obasanjo has bullet in his bottom as he was running away when he was approaching thinking all was quite after carpet bombings.

      • truthteller

        How many times did coward in chief of biafran forces Ojukwu pee on himself when running away as Yoruba general Obasanjo approached Enugu? Cowardly igbo- always starting what they can’t finish

  • Dr. Christopher

    If there was rule of law in Nigeria, Mr. Sanusi would not be alive today, let alone being the emir. However, I do request for respect for both the living and the dead. But Sanusi should know that it goes both ways. As you respect your leaders both living and dead, and you want others to respect them, you should also respect other peoples leaders. That is nsimply my contribution.

  • RestructureNigeria

    NIGERIANS MUST BEWARE:

    As long the Muslim population remains around or under 2% in any given country, they will be for the most part be regarded as a peace-loving minority, and not as a threat to other citizens. Although there WILL be Islamic
    attacks..

    United States — Muslim 0.6%

    Australia — Muslim 1.5%

    Canada — Muslim 1.9%

    China — Muslim 1.8%

    Italy — Muslim 1.5%

    Norway — Muslim 1.8%

    At 2% to 5%, they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups, often with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs. There will be MORE attacks at this level.

    This is happening in:

    Denmark — Muslim 2%

    Germany — Muslim 3.7%

    United Kingdom — Muslim 2.7%

    Spain — Muslim 4%

    Thailand — Muslim 4.6%

    From 5% on, they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population. For example, they will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature halal on their shelves — along with threats for failure to comply.
    There will now be a level of fear from the natural population towards muslims.

    This is occurring in:

    France — Muslim 8%

    Philippines — 5%

    Sweden — Muslim 5%

    Switzerland — Muslim 4.3%

    The Netherlands — Muslim 5.5%

    Trinidad & Tobago — Muslim 5.8%

    At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves (within their ghettos) under Sharia, the Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of Islamists is to establish Sharia law over the entire world.

    When Muslims approach 10% of the population, they tend to increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions. In Paris , we are already seeing car-burnings. Any non-Muslim action offends Islam, and results in uprisings and threats, such as in Amsterdam , with opposition to Mohammed cartoons and films about Islam. Such tensions are seen daily,
    particularly in Muslim sections, in:

    Almost DAILY attacks in this range

    Guyana — Muslim 10%

    India — Muslim 13.4%

    Israel — Muslim 16%

    Kenya — Muslim 10%

    Russia — Muslim 15%

    After reaching 20%, nations can expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings, and the burnings of Christian churches and Jewish synagogues, such as in:

    Ethiopia — Muslim 32.8%

    At 40%, nations experience widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks, and ongoing militia warfare, such as in:

    Bosnia — Muslim 40%

    NIGERIA– Muslim 42.8%

    Chad — Muslim 53.1%

    Lebanon — Muslim 59.7%

    From 60%, nations experience unfettered persecution of non-believers of all other religions (including non-conforming Muslims), sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon, and ***ya, the tax placed on infidels, such as in:

    Albania — Muslim 70%

    Malaysia — Muslim 60.4%

    Qatar — Muslim 77.5%

    Sudan — Muslim 70%

    After 80%, expect daily intimidation and violent jihad, some State-run ethnic cleansing, and even some genocide, as these nations drive out the infidels, and move toward 100% Muslim, such as has been experienced and in
    some ways is on-going in:

    Bangladesh — Muslim 83%

    Egypt — Muslim 90%

    Gaza — Muslim 98.7%

    Indonesia — Muslim 86.1%

    Iran — Muslim 98%

    Iraq — Muslim 97%

    Jordan — Muslim 92%

    Morocco — Muslim 98.7%

    Pakistan — Muslim 97%

    Palestine — Muslim 99%

    Syria — Muslim 90%

    Tajikistan — Muslim 90%

    Turkey — Muslim 99.8%

    United Arab Emirates — Muslim 96%

    100% will usher in the peace of ‘Dar-es-Salaam’ — the Islamic House of Peace. Here there’s supposed to be peace, because everybody is a Muslim, the Madrasas are the only schools, and the Koran is the only word, such
    as in:

    Afghanistan — Muslim 100%

    Saudi Arabia — Muslim 100%

    Somalia — Muslim 100%

    Yemen — Muslim 100%

    Unfortunately, peace is never achieved, as in these 100% states the most radical Muslims intimidate and spew hatred, and satisfy their blood lust by killing less radical Muslims, for a variety of reasons. Then you have BOKO HARAM, ISIS..Islam with a hall pass!!!

  • Julius

    These biafraudians might get their wish sooner than they expect. Keep insulting the Hausas and see what da hell will happen to you. They are not as forgiving . You know and remember what they did to you . Your elders should tell the youths the truth and stop drilling lies into their skulls. Dont start shit that you cant win again.

    • Kickboxer

      Lol…cowardly Yariba slaves are ashamed of their 400 years under Fulan enslavement and now they want to cover their CONTINUOUS ENSLAVEMENT by telling all others that they are also enslaved. But only among COWARDLY YARIBA SLAVES would such level of BAMBOOZLING fly……..COWARDLY YARIBA SLAVES sat there and HOUSE SLAVE OLUSEGU OBASANJO was imposed on YARIBA SLAVES to cover YARIBA SLOT.

      Read Yariba history from 16th century till date and all peoples know that effectively YARIBAS ARE UNDER ENSLAVEMENT: it is the EDO-ESAN, Portuguese, Fulani, British, and since 1966, Fulani.

      EVEN smaller in population IJAW nation produced a president with backbone than HOUSE SLAVE OLUSEGUN OBASANJO………

      AS slaves YARIBA SLAVES sat as that genocidal Awolowo was denied presidency by HOUSE SLAVE OBASANJO as a proxy for Yariba slaves’ Fulani masters. Same Yariba slaves sat cowardly in place when Abiola was denied the presidency by HOUSE SLAVES Obasanjo/Shonekan.

      Now that Igbos are 11 million in Lagos, YARIBA SLAVES have jettisoned their ODUDUWA out of fear that they would be dealt with if they start any ODUDUWA.

      No serious mind take YARIBA SLAVES seriously….YARIBA SLAVES ARE MERELY SITTING DUCKS or womn ready to accept ANY MAN who wins the next fight…….hahahaha

      • truthteller

        The “Yoruba slaves” have ruled modern Nigeria your backward igbo tribe has not. When the “Yoruba slaves” were building empires your igbo ancestors were running around in hamlets. You have no history of state building. That’s why you have no idea what it takes to live in a multicultural society. Clown.

    • Alexander

      Yes we remember what they did to Abiola and his family in fear,oh!,don’t forget what they did to your serving generals,let me tell you those days are gone for ever,when they will summons the Western powers in collaboration with their Yorubas Potters to descend on Igbos harmless civilians.they remember theirs that was killed by others,but you Yorubas are glad they kill yours eg Abiola etc.

      • Julius

        Typical Ibo man. You are not making sense. Your almighty General started a war without arms and ran away with his family and car. left you in misery when the heat gets hot and you are in here talking about a Yoruba General. Are you serious ?

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  • 10101010101010

    I await the day when my brothers in the east and the west can sit down, stop insulting each other over nonsense and jointly realize that they are not the problem and work towards building a nation to be proud of.

  • Kay

    Nigeria, the giant of Africa, Nigeria, the biggest and largest economy in Africa, Nigeria, the most powerful African nation. We are great because of diversities in our languages, tribes, religions , culture and of course because of our population. Africa and of course the black nation must not, I mean must never be allowed to be destroyed by any form of self agenda. No single black nation can be great again if Nigeria should be allowed to be disintegrated. Let settle our differences and move forward as a nation. Our population is enough to control the world and Nigeria will definitely gets there no matter the extend of our challenges. ONE NIGERIA!!!!!!!

    • Chukwuka Okoroafor

      I say amen to that.

  • Chukwuka Okoroafor

    “Now this has happened, and the events that followed are known but sad. We have gone over them. We have moved on to become one country.”

    But does Sanusi know that there is an effort to erase the event that followed the death of Ahmadu Bello? This is no longer taught in schools for instance. It would be a tragedy if this is allowed to continue. Also, Bello was not exactly a Nigerian nationalist. There is video of him talking about how foreigners would be treated above fellow Nigerians who did not come from the North. This has become something that unfortunately has seeped in nationally. Nigeria was on a foundation that was shaky by design. Foreigners are gods, other Nigerians are not trusted, and people accept rape as long as it is their guy from their ethnic group or religion. Bello contributed to this whether Sanusi wants to admit this or not. That is a historical fact. Sanusi has contributed to this himself. He is again using tribalism as the population starts to get angry about the economic downturn (about to get worse with oil falling below $30 a barrel and a severe economic crisis coming to the United States and China). This is what this elite does when a crisis comes so they remain in power and avoid justice for their crimes but this is another subject. My main point is that at least, Sanusi should also understand that the events after the death of Sanusi is also being re-written. I have said my piece. May God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria and our people.

  • Rummy

    Ahmadu bello is a cow lover

    • Mohammed Mohammed Kobo

      Like ur father a pig lover

  • Alexander

    Have you all heard it?don’t insult the masters fathers! But,they have the rights to insult yours and lunch their yearly or quterly killings of your citizens under the pretext of their religion

  • Excisionist

    “The North and Northerners” Here we go again. The Hausa-Fulani, especially the Fulani always invokes the “The North and Northerners” whenever they want to use the people of the Middle Belt who they have decimated over the past decades. Sanusi in particular would be pleased to exercise the same king of control they had over the Middle Belt in the sixties in this 21st century. But the people of the Middle Belt have been wounded over and over again. They have been used over and over again. But not any more. The governor from the Middle Belt who participated in this woeful event should publicly dissociate themselves from Sanusi, speech. This adulterous hypocrite is craving for attention. The history that will not be re-written is Sanusi’s hypocrisy which was made public.

    We excisionists believe that the the solution to peace and progress in Nigeria is the Major Gideon Okar remedy – the excision of the North-West and North East zone from Nigeria.