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History Of Violence In Nigeria Since 1960 (green White Green, Where Is The Red) by nyxus(m): 12:44pm On Nov 07, 2011
After a bloodless independence, not even the colonialist could have forecasted the amount of bloodshed that has been spilled due to greed and selfishness of our past leaders. If they had, they might have had a rethink. In order to find a solution, A need to fully understand the depth and root of violence via history is needed to reach a logical conclusion and solution.
1966    January 14-15.  First military coup. Balewa and other prominent leaders are killed.  Major General Aguiyi-Ironsi becomes Head of State on  January. 
1966    July 29.   Second military coup. Ironsi is killed. Lt. Col. Yakubu Gowon becomes Head of State. Many Easterners in the North are massacred.  Exodus begins to the Eastern Region.
1967    May 30  Ojukwu, military governor of the Eastern Region,  declares the Eastern Region to be the Independent Republic of Biafra.
1967    July 6.  Civil War begins.
1970    January 15.  Biafra surrenders and rejoins  Nigeria.   1.5 million Lives lost, mainly to starvation.
1976   February 13.  Fourth military coup, led by Col. Dimka.  Murtala  Muhammed is killed.  Lt. General  Olusegun Obasanjo becomes Head of State on the following day.
1980    May.   Religious violence in Zaria. Much  property is destroyed.
1980    December 18-20   Riots in  Kano.  The  Maitatsine sect,  4,177 are killed.
1982    September 29 ? October 3. Disturbances in  Kaduna,  Kaduna State.   53 killed and many churches  are burned.
1982    October 29-30. Further trouble in  Maiduguri,  Borno State,  Maitatsine sects. 118 die.
1984    February 27 ? March 5.  Disturbance in Yola,  Gongola State.  Maitatsine sect, 568 die.
1985    April 26-28   Riot in Gombe,  Bauchi State.    Maitatsine sect.   105  die.
1986    7th Coup, Coup attempt  by General Mamman Vatsa  fails.  Coup plotters are executed in March
1986    March,   Palm Sunday.    Christians and Muslims clash during processions in Ilorin,  Kwara State.
1986    May.  At the University of Ibadan,  Muslims burn the figure of the Risen Christ at the Catholic Chapel of the Resurrection
1987    March  5th and following days.  In Kafanchan, Kaduna State,  Christians and Muslims clash at the College of Education.  100 Churches and Mosques burned.
1987 March.   Katsina,  Funtua, Zaria, Gussau and Kaduna (Kaduna State). A wave of religious riots,  many churches are burned and property destroyed,  and many lives are lost.
1990    April 22. Coup Attempt by Major Gideon Orkah.  42 coup plotters will be executed on July 27
1991    April     In  Katsina, several lives are lost.  Sh?ite sect  in Katsina led by  Malam Yahaya Yakubu  stirs up trouble. At the end of  April,  in Tafawa Balewa  (Bauchi State)  over 200  lives are lost, and property and 20 churches are destroyed.
1991   October   14- 15.  In   Kano, the attempt of the Izala sect to stop Rev. Bonnke from preaching  becomes violent  Thousands of lives are lost and property destroyed.
1992    February  6th  and then  May  15-16     Zango Kataf,   Zaria,  Kaduna State Communal clash  becomes a religious clash,  with lives and property destroyed Funtua  (Katsina State). Kalakato religious sect assaults a village head. 50 lives are lost and property destroyed
1993    June 12 Election.  Abiola would win over Tofa.
1993    June 23.  President Babangida nullifies the elections of June 12.
1994   May 21.  A mob kills four men in Ogoniland. Eventually Ken Saro-Wiwa  is hanged for  allegedly being behind this.
1994   June 12.  M.K.O. Abiola declares himself President but he is arrested one week later.
1995    Alleged abortive coup attempt.  Forty persons are convicted. Among them, Obasanjo and  Yar?adua  are imprisoned.  (10th Coup)
1995    November  10    Ken Saro-Wiwa  and eight others are executed.   He was a writer  and leader of the Ogoni people.
1996    June 4.   Kudirat Abiola,  age 44,  wife of  Chief Abiola who is in prison, is assassinated in Lagos.
1997.  December 21.   Alleged 11th attempted coup. Second in Command, Chief of Staff Lt. General Oladipo Diya  is arrested.
1998.   July 7.  Abiola  dies in prison, while being visited by a delegation from the U.S.A. government
1999.   May 20.   Muslim-Christian riots  in Kaduna, for three days,  several hundred are feared dead.
1999.   May 29.  Obasanjo becomes President. Ijaw and Itsekiri fight in Delta Region, over 200 are killed
1999.   July 18    Hausa and Yoruba riot in Shagamu,  over 60 are killed. This leads to trouble in Kano  where over 70 are killed. August  11.  About 200 are killed as the army intervenes in Taraba State October.  Sharia Law in is introduced in Zamfara  State. November 25. Yoruba and Hausa clash in Lagos,  about 100 are killed.
2000   February.   Riots in  Kaduna over the introduction of  Sharia. Over 400 are killed.
2001   September 7.    Christian-Muslim conflicts  in Jos. Over 500 are killed.
2001   October  12-14   In Kano, there are anti-American riots, because of USA intervention in Afghanistan.   At least 350 are killed. October 12.  19 soldiers are killed  after feuds near Benue and Taraba States. October  21-22   The massacre of 200 civilians in Benue State by soldiers, in retaliation for  19 soldiers  who were killed. No one is held accountable for the massacre.  President Obasanjo  defends it.
2001   December 23.   Attorney General of Nigeria, Bola Ige is assassinated.
2002    January 27.  Army Munitions depot in Lagos explodes, over 1000 die in panic.
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