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|Re: Victor Banjo, The Yoruba Biafran Soldier: What You Don't Know About The Lt. Col. by humilitypays(m): 12:20pm On Mar 07|
maasoap:The counter coup which led to the brutal death of then Igbo head of state and other top Igbo military officers was enough reprisal, the pogrom was uncalled for and with what is happening in Nigeria today, can't u see that it wasn't the 1966 Igbo led coup that really led to the pogrom but Hausa-Fulani love for violence and bloodletting of innocent people at slightest provocation
Benue, Taraba, Southern Kaduna, etc killings are examples of their love for bloodletting for no justifiable reason.
|Re: Victor Banjo, The Yoruba Biafran Soldier: What You Don't Know About The Lt. Col. by Paretomaster(m): 12:21pm On Mar 07|
Will u stop lying to yourself?
Biafrans fight Till the last Man? Really? Like Ojukwu did? Was that before or after fleeing in Woman attire?
Nzeogwu died fighting, where? He was even trying to cross over or even cut a deal...
"At this point, the accounts diverge. Olu Mamdap (former military driver to General Domkat Bali) witnessed the incident and claims that Nzeogwu and the other “two or three” occupants in the vehicle were killed while still inside the vehicle. Mamdap claims that it was not known that Nzeogwu was inside until the corpses were dragged out.
However Major-Generals Mohammed Shuwa and Abdullahi Shelleng (who were not present when Nzeogwu was killed but saw his corpse) claimed that while being fired on, Nzeogwu jumped out from the vehicle, shouted in Hausa and identified himself as Major Nzeogwu but was shot dead anyway."
You think in your wildest dream Biafra army will take Lagos? Even the couple plotters failed in Lagos....
|Re: Victor Banjo, The Yoruba Biafran Soldier: What You Don't Know About The Lt. Col. by humilitypays(m): 12:25pm On Mar 07|
Paretomaster:You are a kid, go and read your history book. The only tribe the north fear in the whole Nigeria is Igbo and its because they know what they did and what they can still do, its not about throwing insults online, when worst comes to worst, u will know who the Igbo tribe is.
Forget the killing of unarmed vulnerable IPOB members by well armed Nigerian military, declare war and watch how it will end. Britain and Russia won't back Hausa-Fulani again, it will be solely OYO, then u will understand that wars are not won by population but military intelligence, technology and modern innovation, you won't understand cos u are a kid, enjoy your online bravery and insults kid
|Re: Victor Banjo, The Yoruba Biafran Soldier: What You Don't Know About The Lt. Col. by godofuck231: 12:25pm On Mar 07|
|Re: Victor Banjo, The Yoruba Biafran Soldier: What You Don't Know About The Lt. Col. by Akoja360(m): 12:28pm On Mar 07|
many people dont know the full story or have stuffed themselves with lies ,books such as " why we struck" would change your perspective about nigeria's history
|Re: Victor Banjo, The Yoruba Biafran Soldier: What You Don't Know About The Lt. Col. by humilitypays(m): 12:33pm On Mar 07|
Paretomaster:You people can rewrite history eh, kai...liars....Nzeogwu never surrendered, he detonated a grenade, go and ask. Anyway, everybody knows a brave soldier like Major Nzeogwu who killed Tafawa Belewa, Saudana of Sokoto, etc knew he will be badly dealt with if he was caught alive, so he died a hero with so many Nigerian soldiers who paid for it with their blood. Stop telling lies and rewriting history to suit your illusion.
There is a level u tell lies, the lies will begin to sound like the truth to you telling it, quit telling blatant lies and grab civil war history books written by foreign journalists and read!
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|Re: Victor Banjo, The Yoruba Biafran Soldier: What You Don't Know About The Lt. Col. by Azam101: 12:38pm On Mar 07|
Don't ever trust any flatino no matter how good her or she is!
|Re: Victor Banjo, The Yoruba Biafran Soldier: What You Don't Know About The Lt. Col. by CairoCharles: 12:41pm On Mar 07|
|Re: Victor Banjo, The Yoruba Biafran Soldier: What You Don't Know About The Lt. Col. by Dirkcoyt: 12:42pm On Mar 07|
Don't mind him. history is important and history is for the open hearted not some emotional dimwits.
We keeping saying we want youth to take over governance and I say I want youth with sense of history of politics of different climes and their immediate environment not all this ignorant student of history parading as youth
how can anybody with inkling of history say there was no resistance at the battle ore its akin to saying British never colonized Nigeria.
You see, some of my research of medieval Europe and some of movies that portrayed that time shows kings start preparing there next in line for governance by appointing a history teacher on war and politics , and event of war and politics that happened in other countries. examples I can think of his the Rome days. how octavious ceaser was appointed history teachers by Julius ceaser.
Note: the generation of those that led us to this abyss of government were youth( young military officers of their 20s the oldest was in his mid 30s by leading needless coups )
|Re: Victor Banjo, The Yoruba Biafran Soldier: What You Don't Know About The Lt. Col. by emmanuelpopson(m): 12:55pm On Mar 07|
traffic is the reason why this topic hit front page.. and I must say... Rwandan genocide is an eyesore to us... tribal bashing will derail this thread... its not suppose to be... naira land is loosing the pedigree once known with.. learn from the fig tree...
|Re: Victor Banjo, The Yoruba Biafran Soldier: What You Don't Know About The Lt. Col. by Paretomaster(m): 12:58pm On Mar 07|
Flattinoes, when will you stop lying? He detonated a grenade, and his body was intact to be buried in Kaduna, say only for his eyes plucked out....
Where did u even read that from? Oh One drunk maxi sitting at the market square narrated that to you.....
|Re: Victor Banjo, The Yoruba Biafran Soldier: What You Don't Know About The Lt. Col. by MonPro: 1:00pm On Mar 07|
You are damned revisonist!
You are asking us to abandon version told by foreign pressmen who were on ground in thick of the war and believe your yoruba revisionist version grand-commisioned by the abookis whom you fought for?
In the spirit of neutrality I didn't even ask you to read from the Biafran officers who wrote about the war after seeing action. I asked you to read what foreign pressmen who were on ground wrote but you prefer to push down 'Ija ore' lies written by your libelious dishonest revisionist yoruba journalists tucked away in safety under olumo rock during the war down our throats?
You must be a joker!
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|Re: Victor Banjo, The Yoruba Biafran Soldier: What You Don't Know About The Lt. Col. by Paretomaster(m): 1:02pm On Mar 07|
Ahahhahaha North fear Igbo... Tah!!!! Just bunch of herdsman are chasing you from your ancestral home....
The way your elders travel upandan at the mere ultimatum given by Yarima group is still fresh in our mind....
Even Ojukwu, ran 4/40.....
|Re: Victor Banjo, The Yoruba Biafran Soldier: What You Don't Know About The Lt. Col. by Michael004: 1:15pm On Mar 07|
millionboi2:He did what you igbo cannot do. He can never have useless and ingrate blood.
|Re: Victor Banjo, The Yoruba Biafran Soldier: What You Don't Know About The Lt. Col. by Wristler: 1:20pm On Mar 07|
HIGHESTPOPORI:If only you know.... The problem with your lots is that your fore fathers were not proud enough to tell you the truth of how much they failed.
Now read the Op all over again... Incase you can't, let me help you with few points.
Maj Banjo was never left to himself... He was always with his companion Biafran soldiers, one of which is Ifeajuna.
The biggest victory on the Biafran side was that of Benin conquest. Banjo won it... I won't know if Ojukwu was not comfortable with his exploits though.
Banjo fought for Biafra to stand.. As at when he won Benin he believed Biafra could stand and guard the lands won and rule over that as the Republic of Biafra. He didn't believe in matching over to Lagos because the initial plan wch he signed up to was to get freedom for the East from Nigeria, and not to match all over Nigeria. Technically, he was right because of the resources they had. If Ojukwu had listened to him, Benin would have been in Biafra today, and not in Nigeria. Biafra would have stood.
Banjo was an Ijebu, he was reluctant to match past Ore, in Ondo state. Ore would have been easy for him, at least compared to Benin and the fact that Ore is quite solitary. But after Ore would have been Ijebu.
So why go farther when you already have what you wanted and needed. Biafra having Benin was over jara sef.
Why invade West, when you already have your East and can secure it against the North? I guess these were Banjos thoughts and that was all Biafra needed.
Awolowo was from Ikenne. I guess he decided to stand up with Nigeria (against Ojukwu even after assuring Ojukwu initially) when Biafran troops were close to Ore and Oguns state, Awolowo's land. Otherwise, the Yorubas had nothing much to gain or loss in the whole issue ab initio. Not until Ojukwu foolishly decided to go against Banjos advice, Biafra was making exploits.
Why was Ojukwu bent on going over the West to Lagos. He could have stood with the Biafra he wanted, and not match over the West. Was he thinking Awolowo and the Yorubas , after giving him his word would stand and watch him invade the West and take more than he requested for ( freedom for the East)?
But then majority of youths know little or nothing about the truth and the folly of their leaders, even before the war...i mean the senseless coup, the tauting and the lack of zeal to make amends after the biased coup.
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|Re: Victor Banjo, The Yoruba Biafran Soldier: What You Don't Know About The Lt. Col. by Firstpage: 1:27pm On Mar 07|
Agreed with who? You kids should use your brain or ask questions before displaying your ignorance on a public forum.
Awolowo told Gowon that if Biafra is agreed to go, Oduduwa would also go. That's a conditional statement if you ever went to school.
|Re: Victor Banjo, The Yoruba Biafran Soldier: What You Don't Know About The Lt. Col. by degenesis8: 1:31pm On Mar 07|
Bane2020:For the same if knowledge gathering, can you please provude list of books covering the subject matter
|Re: Victor Banjo, The Yoruba Biafran Soldier: What You Don't Know About The Lt. Col. by Troublemaker007(m): 1:34pm On Mar 07|
Be there talking nonsense.
|Re: Victor Banjo, The Yoruba Biafran Soldier: What You Don't Know About The Lt. Col. by jagorinho: 2:15pm On Mar 07|
humilitypays:All these epistle of self appraisal doesnt change the subject matter, igbos are cowards!!! almost doesnt kill a bird, u were defeated by a superior force deal with it. Next time, dont go to a war based on emotions without adequate preparation
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|Re: Victor Banjo, The Yoruba Biafran Soldier: What You Don't Know About The Lt. Col. by slowice(m): 2:47pm On Mar 07|
Some kids who couldn't comprehend the event are here shouting betrayal..... Banjo and Co where given orders to invade n take Nigeria, they succeeded in taking Benin n went on to take Lagos the capital of Nigeria..... In the middle of a successful invasion they stopped abruptly, turned back and returned to biafra. What do you expect their boss Ojukwu to do, applaud their unexplained madness? They were soldiers who chickened out when they were needed most so that is sabotage and they paid for it like they should.... Period.
|Re: Victor Banjo, The Yoruba Biafran Soldier: What You Don't Know About The Lt. Col. by humilitypays(m): 2:50pm On Mar 07|
Paretomaster:You can grab any neutral Nigerian civil war account book written by foreign journalists or google how Nzeogwu died, he was never captured.
Nigerian soldiers didn't and couldn't capture him. His battalion was ambushed yet they couldn't capture him alive and even after he was killed in combat, the Nigerian soldiers respected his corpse and order from top military command came that his corpse be brought back to Kaduna where he was born and grew up for proper military burial.
Which Nigerian soldier then would have the live to face and capture Nzeogwu Go and read about him, he was a dreaded soldier that fears no death or anybody. Even Ojukwu was scared of him and never allowed him near him during the war, learn to read kid, stop fabricating stories after gulping some hastely prepared ewedu mixed with gbegiri
|Re: Victor Banjo, The Yoruba Biafran Soldier: What You Don't Know About The Lt. Col. by humilitypays(m): 3:14pm On Mar 07|
Wristler:You sound very intelligent and informed, kudos. I love arguing or interacting with informed adults like u not some of the kids that just form history from their nursery books.
But you know, without capturing the capital of the nation you are fighting with, you haven't won the war
Ojukwu wanted Banjo and Ifeajuna to capture Lagos so they can as well have more access to Nigeria's military wares or arsenal which were mostly concentrated in Lagos and Kaduna then, that was the plan...to capture Lagos so Gowon can relocate Nigeria's government then to Kaduna and possibly make a national broadcast announcing that Biafra can go and have their freedom.
This was the plan....there was no intention to invade Midwestern Nigeria to take over, the target was to capture Lagos as an easy route to winning the war fast before foreign supports come for Nigeria which later came from Britain, Egypt, Russia, etc.
Biafra soldiers marching towards Lagos under the command of Col. Banjo and Ifeajuna were confused as to the reason why their commanders suddenly changed mind and told them to retreat back to Benin. Some insider soldiers close to Col. Banjo and Ifeajuna then revealed to Ojukwu that Col. Banjo had a secret meeting with Awolowo to carry out a coup in Biafra to overthrow Ojukwu and bring him to Nigerian government.
Now, while this ascertion could not be ruled out is this; Banjo had written several letters to Gowon explaining his innocence on the 1966 coup, but Gowon and his govt weren't convinced, reason they refused to free him before the civil war broke out and Ojukwu freed him.
So it was learnt that Banjo was only fighting for Biafra cos he had no choice since he would be arrested and jailed again or even executed by Gowon led Nigerian government if he had returned to Nigeria after he was released by Ojukwu, so he stayed in Biafra fighting with Biafra with hope of gaining freedom, but then, a sweeter offer came from Nigerian government through Awolowo promising him freedom + reinstatement into Nigerian army with promotion and all entitlements should he bring Ojukwu's head to Lagos; this part of the story came from insiders that were close to him and Ifeajuna during that war.
But notwithstanding, Ojukwu ought to have spared his life at least for the sacrifice he made for Biafra no matter his offense, Ojukwu was kind of wrong here I must admit. May Banjo's soul continue to rest in peace, we will never forget him, never and I am sure whenever Biafra comes, he will be honored
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|Re: Victor Banjo, The Yoruba Biafran Soldier: What You Don't Know About The Lt. Col. by Paretomaster(m): 3:20pm On Mar 07|
It's hard to educate brain filled with Kanu's urine.......
You think others are like you, speak without facts, Kanu told u the Man in Aso rock is One Jibril from Sudan and u believe, he asked you to confront soldiers with bottles, and cutlass... Eheheheh honesty Igbos are More demented than I envisaged.
Read boy, read
Who Killed Major Nzeogwu?
|Re: Victor Banjo, The Yoruba Biafran Soldier: What You Don't Know About The Lt. Col. by humilitypays(m): 3:27pm On Mar 07|
Now for those wondering why Britain also known as UK supported Nigeria against Biafra, this is the reason:
Britain was Nigeria's colonial master and it was barely 6 years they granted Nigeria freedom that the political crises began, which led to civil war.
Britain didn't want Nigeria to breakup because of their own selfish interest economic wise.
Nigeria just like every other nation colonised by Britain was under Commonwealth of Nations, controlled by UK, which was a very huge source of income to British government and economy, so allowing their youngest child Nigeria to breakup will inspire and encourage other aggrieved tribes in other nations colonised by Britain to also start agitation for freedom which will end up destroying British control over Nigeria and also destroy the Commonwealth of Nations that served the British interest.
So for this reason, Britain had to support Nigerian government with military weapons, machineries, soldiers, fighter jet pilots, military intelligence and what have u to ensure Nigeria win Biafra.
This is why Britain supported Nigerian government during the civil war.
|Re: Victor Banjo, The Yoruba Biafran Soldier: What You Don't Know About The Lt. Col. by humilitypays(m): 3:39pm On Mar 07|
To all those saying the 1966 coup was an Igbo agenda, pls read this publication on Nigerian national daily and u will see the names of all the military officers that participated in that coup and the military officers that foiled that coup:
It was Igbo Military Officer that led the coup and it was also Igbo militsry Officers that foiled the 1966 Nzeogwu led coup.
Their mission was to install Chief Obafemi Awolowo who they believed would rule Nigeria better.
Let all Nigerians be aware of history so we can stop turning things upside down.
|Re: Victor Banjo, The Yoruba Biafran Soldier: What You Don't Know About The Lt. Col. by humilitypays(m): 4:11pm On Mar 07|
Paretomaster:The Death of Nzeogwu
Nzeogwu had gone out on a reconnaissance mission in the Nsukka sector. He was travelling in an improvised armoured vehicle (known as a "Biafran Red Devil" that had been converted by the ingenious Biafran engineers from a Bedford truck. The vehicle was cumbersome despite its impressive ingenuity. The vehicle became immobilised and was surrounded by federal troops of the 21st battalion at a roadblock near the University of Nigeria Nsukka campus. The troops were led by Captain Abubakar Gora, and they opened fired on it. The vehicle's improvised armour withstood their bullets until it was attacked with the fearsome 106mm recoilless rifle which pierced its body. Ironically, the 106mm recoilless rifle was the same anti-tank weapon that Nzeogwu and other soldiers used in January 1966 to attack and destroy the official lodge of the Sardauna of Sokoto.
At this point, the accounts diverge. Olu Mamdap (former military driver to General Domkat Bali) witnessed the incident and claims that Nzeogwu and the other “two or three” occupants in the vehicle were killed while still inside the vehicle. Mamdap claims that it was not known that Nzeogwu was inside until the corpses were dragged out.
However Major-Generals Mohammed Shuwa and Abdullahi Shelleng (who were not present when Nzeogwu was killed but saw his corpse) claimed that while being fired on, Nzeogwu jumped out from the vehicle, shouted in Hausa and identified himself as Major Nzeogwu but was shot dead anyway. Ojukwu's mixed race half brother Tom Biggar was also killed along with Nzeogwu. Biggar was the child of Ojukwu’s mother after she divorced Sir Louis Odumegwu and married a European named Biggar.
Nzeogwu's corpse was identified by Lieutenant Abdullahi Shelleng who ordered that it should be stored firstly in the University of Nigeria campus at Nsukka. However, by the time Shelleng arrived, Nzeogwu's eyes had been plucked out in what appears to have been a ritual mutilation. According to Shelleng the soldier who shot Nzeogwu was ironically Nzeogwu's former batman. The corpse was later sent to 1 division headquarters in Makurdi where the 1 division commander Colonel Mohammed Shuwa informed the head of state Major-General Gowon. Despite the fact that Nzeogwu was now technically an enemy soldier killed in combat against the Nigerian army, Gowon ordered that Nzeogwu's body should be flown to Kaduna and buried with full military honours – even as the war raged on in the Eastern Region.
Even in death, Nzeogwu was still respected by federal and northern troops. Domkat Bali referred to him as:
“a nice, charismatic and disciplined officer, highly admired and respected by his colleagues. At least he was not in the habit of being found in the company of women all the time messing about with them in the officers mess, a pastime of many young officers then….we believed that he was a genuinely patriotic officer who organised the 1966 coup with the best of intentions who was let down by his collaborators….If we had captured him alive, he would not have been killed. I believe he probably would have been tried for his role in the January 15 coup, jailed and probably freed after some time. His death was regrettable.”
Posted above is the account of how Nzeogwu was killed but another unnamed northern soldier who loved Nzeogwu said Nzeogwu killed himself when he saw that there was no escape for him.
Read the last part of what I posted and u will see that Nzeogwu didn't carry out that 1966 coup in the interest of Igbos, he did it hoping to remove all the corrupt and nepotic leaders then, example:
1. Tafawa Belewa
2. Nnamdi Azikiwe
3. Sardauna of Sokoto
4. Akintola Williams
His preferred leader was a Yoruba man, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
But Yoruba history rewriters won't tell u people this part so u guys can keep hating on Igbos for no justifiable reason and despite that, Igbos keep excelling cos their hands are clean of your wrong accusations and assumptions.
|Re: Victor Banjo, The Yoruba Biafran Soldier: What You Don't Know About The Lt. Col. by mercyville: 4:12pm On Mar 07|
Guestlander:Everything the Igbos do,show foolishness and one begins to see why it took them such a long time to learn how to wear clothes.A civilian straight from prison told you he would fight against armed military personnel and they(biafrans) foolishly took his word hook and sinker because Awolowo was a god and his Yoruba people who were very scanty in the army then were supermen who without amunitions,will jump into a war fighting with their blockoss.No wonder an Igboman said Igbos are the most foolish humans in the world..lol
|Re: Victor Banjo, The Yoruba Biafran Soldier: What You Don't Know About The Lt. Col. by winj3: 4:31pm On Mar 07|
even Ojukwu the coward ran away, many igbos ran away yet this dumb yoruba fool went and fought for a disgusting tribe like igbos - he is a disgrace!
|Re: Victor Banjo, The Yoruba Biafran Soldier: What You Don't Know About The Lt. Col. by Wristler: 5:07pm On Mar 07|
humilitypays:I beg to differ.
Firstly, Awo never had such interest in taking over anyone's region. If anything, he is well known as a regional-nationalist. His early tussle with Zik, the famous cross-carpeting, attests to this. Awo is a man of "Keep your house clean, I keep mine clean, together, we keep the community clean". I believe if only Ojukwu defended his territory, built bridges with neighbouring lands and consolidated his hold on Benin and other areas won,(this would been cheaper for him) Biafra would be today, probably, Awolowo too might have held on to his word of seccesion...but then, Ojukwu moved westward. I'm still to understand if Ojukwu actually wanted to seccede his small region or take over the whole country?
If at all Major Banjo and Awolowo, both who as at then, were not in the good books of ruling govt, actually decided to take such daring and stupid move to met and plan to have Ojukwu's head and the East, I can say that Ojukwu's head would have been in Lagos before anyone from the East heard of such, considering that both men are political and millitary strategists. Both men had nothing to gain with such move. Till date, Awo nor the West never had vested interest in the East. Yorubas rarely moved eastward pre and post war.
If Awolowo had issues with any region then, it would have been the North. The fact that the North was using its landmass to the advantage of others was Awolowo's problem with them. History has it that Awolowo was always in the opposition and jail because of that undue landmass advantage of the North. It was even said that Awo reached out to Ojukwu.. but did Ojukwu inform him of his plans to march south west? Ojukwu's undoing was not �thinking over why his victory machine Major Banjo decided to turn back.
Banjo had choices. After writing letters to Gowon as you claimed....the best for him would have been to fight for Nigeria to prove his faithfulness, patriotism or sobreity, or return home. He chose to fight for Biafra because he thought the East could have their freedom.
Secondly, If truly Ojukwu wanted to march over the West to Lagos, just to sieze military gains... Then that was his undoing. Clandestine infiltration, aerial attacks, Ondo/Ogun coastline, etc should have been better excuses. How did he think he would seat in Nnewi and Banjo and his colleagues would walk straight into the seat of power, moving far away from the region you want freedom for?.
Instead of him to have a strong footing in his region, win more neighbouring lands and won teritories, curry favours and alliances with neighbouring lands. He would have had access to the coast through Delta, more food and able bodied men in the South south and Middle Belt and consolidate his base. I'm sure he killed Major Banjo for giving him these advices.
You talked about Ojukwu winning the war before Britain, Russia and co came to help...How and with what were you winning? Winning Asaba and Benin with the help of Banjo? I must tell you that such were the ego brushing fairytales your fore-fathers told to feel good about themselves. Nigeria never wanted such stupid loss of lives, Ojukwu begged for it when he advanced past where Banjo and Ifeajuna turned back.
The mercenaries helping Ojukwu were just being mercenaries... there for the money and gains. Some of them were South Africans who knew nothing about sociopolitical strategies. They couldnt have done any better. The UK did not support Biafra because what is there for them to support. The French was only using Ojukwu for thier own self reasons.
The truth is bitter.... Igbos would rather blame the people in Aburi, Ghana than accept that they messed the whole place up. How they particularly think the Yorubas betrayed them is the mystery no one can solve
|Re: Victor Banjo, The Yoruba Biafran Soldier: What You Don't Know About The Lt. Col. by ettybaba(m): 5:32pm On Mar 07|
Alariiwo:God bless you.
Fajuyi Adekunle died defending Ironsi. No Igbo man can lay down his life for his family not to talk of a Yoruba man.
We know the real cowards.
|Re: Victor Banjo, The Yoruba Biafran Soldier: What You Don't Know About The Lt. Col. by colestephan86: 5:45pm On Mar 07|
I tell people that no one has been more loyal to this country than the yorubas. Sergent Akinfehiwa died protecting his boss Murtala Mohammed, Adekunle Fajuyi died cos he said he would died first if those soldier are bent on killing aguyi ironsi , they disnt come for him. Cornel Banjo was killed by ojukwu.
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|Re: Victor Banjo, The Yoruba Biafran Soldier: What You Don't Know About The Lt. Col. by humilitypays(m): 5:49pm On Mar 07|
You sound informed but you have this tribal sentiment in your undertone.
1966 coup was never an Igbo agenda as acclaimed by Southwest history rewriters.
Read the article on that link I posted above, names of some of the coupists are mentioned therein.
Nobody said Awolowo had any interest in Southeast or then Eastern region, what we are saying is that after he joined Nigerian side in the civil war, he masterminded lots of plans to end the war in favour of Nigerian government which nobody can blame him of.
Yes in war, commanders make mistake and miscalculation, the great Adolf Hitler who almost captured the world also made a mistake of miscalculation, yet, Adolf Hitler remains a known warrior in the history of mankind, same applies to Ojukwu, both of them held a larger part of the world in a long battle to the surprise of war historians and military analysts.
Major point is and remains, the 1966 Major Nzeogwu led coup was never an Igbo agenda and it was executed by Nigerian soldiers drawn from Igbo, Yoruba, Urhobo, Efik, Bini, and even Middlebelt, including Abacha.
They coup would have been a success if not for Igbo military officers that stopped Nzeogwu, they are:
1. Maj. General Ironsi
2. Col. Ojukwu
3. Conrad Chukwujimje Dibia Nwawo (NA 10),
4. Alexander Attah Madiebo
5. Major Alphonso Keshi.
These officers stopped the Nzeogwu coup and they are all Igbo military officers so where is the Igbo agenda here
How did they foil the 1966 coup
Brigade Major, 2 BDE Kaduna, Keshi informed Madiebo of the coup. Madiebo moved over to the Brigade Headquarters where Nzeogwu had taken over Ademulegun’s seat and worked on Nzeogwu. Ojukwu, Commanding Officer Third Battalion, Kano stood his ground strategically and all worked with Ironsi to fly in Nwawo, then Defence Attaché in London, and Nzeogwu’s teacher. Only then could Major Nzeogwu's heart be softened.
All the none Igbo military officers were so scared of Nzeogwu, no none Igbo officer was bold enough to challenge Nzeogwu.
Major Hassan Usman Katsina, Inspector of the Recce Squadron in Kaduna was confused. Lt. Col. Yakubu Gowon ‘ s contribution from Lagos was for Madiebo to ask the doctor to sedate Nzeogwu, a man who was in full control of Kaduna.
The man that should have made a broadcast after the January coup was Ademoyega, a Yoruba. Their plan was to release Chief Obafemi Awolowo, another Yoruba from jail and make him Prime Minister.
The Army Chief would have been Lt. Col David Akpode Ejoor, an Urhobo. The young officer who secured radio Nigeria was Capt. Gibson Sanda Jalo.
Among those who took part in Exercise Damissa were subalterns like John Atom Kpera, Harris Eghagha, Sani Abacha, Bob Egbikor, Fola Oyewole and Olafimihan.
Of the 28 officers and men that followed Nzeogwu to the Sardauna’s house, 22 were non Igbo. Yoruba officers like Victor Adebukunola Banjo,Fajuyi, Olusegun Obasanjo and Oluchi Olutoye knew about the coup.
Nzeogwu did not believe in Biafra , was named Kaduna by his Northern friends and spoke Hausa more than Igbo.
See the below quote:
Major Nzeogwu the coup leader thought he could easily achieve his dream of a New Nigeria where tribe and tongue would not make any difference, where corruption would disappear and everyone free to enjoy the dividends of democracy.
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