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Nigeria’s first coup d’etat occurred in 1966. It was led by Major Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu. As you may already know, the coup d’etat of 1966 resulted in the killing of over 20 prominent Nigerians including senior military officers and Nigeria’s first prime minister, Abubakar Tafa Balewa. Most of the victims of the coup were northerners. And since the intention of the coup as stated by the perpetrators was suppose to rid Nigeria of a corrupt of governance, the president of Nigeria then, Nnamdi Azikiwe wasn’t including in the killing. This is perhaps the first reason why most Nigerians back then… Read more »

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Nigeria’s first military junta began following the 1966 Nigerian coup d’état which overthrew Prime Minister Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. Major General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi was made the Head of the Federal Military Government of Nigeria, but was soon overthrown and murdered in a coup in July of the same year.

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Nigeria achieved her independence in 1960. Barely five years after, the country experienced political convulsion. The nascent democracy could not be watered for it to survive the test of an election conducted by the new leviathans. Due to these crises, the young Majors intervened with the intention to rescue the country from precipice but their noble and patriotic endeavours were misconstrued as the pattern of killing during the” night of long knives” became clearer. The Igbo ethnic group whose sons played a dominant role in that coup became overnight the villains. Series of massacres were targeted at them culminating in… Read more »

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