BIAFRA WAR PART 1 : The Root Cause of The Nigerian Civil War, Also Known as The 1996 Coup

BIAFRA WAR PART 1 : The Root Cause of The Nigerian Civil War, Also Known as The 1996 Coup

Spread the love

BIAFRA WAR PART 1: The Root Cause of The Nigerian Civil War, Also Known as The 1996 Coup

On Saturday The 15th of February 1966, The day can’t be forgotten in the history of Nigeria and the history of Africa. The night before this particular day, a coup was carried out by some soldiers in the Nigerian army.

Announcement of the Coup on the 15th of February, 1966

In the morning of the 15th of February 1966, a coup and change of government was announced, followed by the news that the sardauna, Sir Ahmadu Bello who happens to be the most powerful among all Nigeria premiers has been killed, the prime minister Tafawa Balewa was announced missing, followed by the news that Samuel Akintola the premier of western region has also been killed.

How The Coup Might Have Been Averted

This coup happened out of the negligence of the Nigerian leaders because there has been several calamities, political riots and some security instabilities that have rocked Nigeria after independence, with all these,

An example of this is the Nigerian census crises of 1963-1964, then the federal election of 1964 which almost divided the country, and the western Nigeria crisis of 1965. They should have seen those occurrences as big red flags, but due to the fact that it wasn’t long that the British left them not long or they got independence not long ago, they believed things couldn’t fall apart. We can’t blame them much because the fact remains that the whole country was still not prepared for it.

Who Are the Coup Plotters

This mighty and first-ever military coup in the federal republic of Nigeria was led by a set of junior officers, most of them Igbo and the ring leader was Major Chukwuma Nzeogwu who was officially from Kaduna

A Little description of Nzeogwu

Major Chukwuma Nzeogwu was described by many sources to be Igbo only by name, not only was he born in Kaduna the capital of the Muslim north, he was widely known as someone who sees himself as a northerner, Nzeogwu spoke Hausa fluently, little Igbo, and wore the northern traditional dress when not in uniform. This was was the description of Major Chukwuma Nzeogwu as described by Chinua Achebe in his book (there was a country).

How the coup was aborted

The January 15, 1966 coup was aborted and made an unsuccessful one by one of the highest-ranking Igbo officers in the Nigeria Army, Major General Aguiyi Ironsi.

Aguiyi Ironsi got a hint of the plot against him that he was on the list of the people to be murdered and he took a counteraction in Lagos that successfully break the back of the coup

Aguiyi Ironsi becoming the New Head of State

Major General Aguiyi Ironsi Emerged as the cast to the nation on May 24, 1966, Ironsi banned all political parties and imposed what he calls decree No. 34 on a bewildering country, The widely unpopular system Eliminated Nigeria’s federal structure and put in place a unitary republic. For the first time in history, a federal military government was in control of Nigeria.

watch for BIAFRA WAR PART 2 : Red Flags of the 1966 coup that the nigerian Leaders Ignored 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *