Comment on Biafra and 50 years of unending war by Dr Uche Kalu

The above statement by Sir Warrior that some Army Officers of Igbo extraction staged that firts
Army Coup d’Etat of 1966 is a blatant and a specious fallacy.
Sir Warrior ought to read Major Adewale Ademoyega’s,” Why We Struck ?” , before dragging us
Igbos into the quagmire of the 1960s and thus thereby, opening some old wounds that will never
ever heals.
But as a matter of fact, that first Army Coup d’Etat of 1966 did have some representation of all the
major ethnic groups in Nigeria.
However,it did succeed in the North and Western Region but it failed in the East and Mid-Western
State.
Ironically it was Major General J.T. Umunnakwe Aguyi-Irons and the Late His Excellence,
Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu who did put-down the Army Coup d’Etat.
According to the late Major Adewale Ademoyega,who was one of the initiators and the Leaders of that Coup d’Etat ,a petty squabble between the old First Lady of Western Nigeria,Ma Hannah Idowu
Dideolu (HID) Awolowo and the then new First Lady, Madam Faderera Akintola over a very lucrative contract of supplying books to Schools in the Region,led to the break-up of the ruling AG Party of Western Nigeria.
The then Premier of Western Nigeria,Chief Samuel Akintola and his right hand man, Chief Remi
Fani-Kayode left the Action Group Party and formed their Nigerian National Democratic Party.
To the chagrin of the Awoists,the duo,Chief Akintola and Remi Fani-Kayode with their new Party went into a coalition with the much hated NPP of the North and thereby plunged Western Nigeria into a conflagration and internecine fratricidal bloodlettings.
In the middle of all that,the then Prime Minster,Alhaji Sir Abubakar T. Balewa sent the Commander of the Nigerian Army , Major General J.T. Aguiýi-Ironsi on a sabbatical leave to India and the same
to the IGP, Chief Luis Edet.
When he and his Principal, Alhaji Sir Ahmadu Bello,the Sarduana of Sokoto made a move to take over the Western Region and the rest of the country in an Islamic Coup d’Etat, our Amed Forces
pre-empted them by staging that first Coup d’Etat of 1966.
That Coup was indeed justfiable.It was a Nigerian Coup d’Etat not an Igbo Coup d’Etat.
We Igbos were merely the fall-guys and up till today we are the permanent victims of that painful brouhaha,with the pogroms and that war of genocide against us by our fellow Nigerian compatriots.
No to the status qou ante bellum!
Doown with Hausa/Fulani Islamic Hegemony!!

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