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How Awolowo Was Jailed By Yorubas And Northerners by asorocker: 9:04pm On Apr 16, 2016
As a result of the 1959 parliamentary elections, the Northern Peoples Congress (NPC) from the Northern Region of N...igeria under the leadership of Sir Ahmadu Bello (the Sardauna of Sokoto and Premier of the Northern Region) became the country's leading political party with 134 seats out of the 312 seats in the Parliament. National Council of Nigeria and Cameroun (NCNC) based in the Eastern Region of Nigeria under the leadership of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe obtained 89 seats in the same election. Chief Obafemi Awolowo led Action Group (AG) in the West, elected 73 members to the parliament in 1959. The NPC and NCNC (Chief Nnamdi Azikwe's party) coalesced to form the first government of the newly independent Nigeria with Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (the deputy leader of the NCP) as the Nigerian Prime Minister.
Soon after Nigeria got independence the Western region was in turmoil. Premier Ladoke Akintola and Chief Obafemi Awolowo (the federal parliament opposition leader) became embroiled in a protracted crisis. The leadership of the Action Group (AG), which formed the official opposition in the federal parliament, split in May 1962 as a result of the rift between the two party leaders.
The same month (May,1962). the Western House of Assembly was set to remove Chief Akintola after the party had earlier passed a vote of no confidence on the premier in a party meeting, crisis erupted on the floor of the house. The majority expelled Chief Akintola from the party. The then Governor of the Western Region, the Ooni of Ife, Sir Adesoji Aderemi demanded Chief Akintola’s resignation as Premier and named Alhaji Dauda Adegbenro as his successor. Crisis erupted in the Western Nigeria and this earned the region the appellation "Wild Wild West". Abubakar Tafawa Balewa led federal government intervened to curb the violence by imposing a state of emergency and appointed Dr Moses Majekodunmi (the Federal Minister of Health) as Administrator (interim premier of the Western region) on the 29th of June 1962. This became the first imposition of a state of emergency in Nigeria’s history due to heightened levels of violence. Following an alliance between Ladoke Akintola and Ahmadu Bello, Akintola was returned to power on the 31st of December 1962 in spite of protests by Dr Nnamidi Azikiwe who requested fresh elections rather than reinstating Chief Ladoke Akintola.
By 1963, the plot between Chief Ladoke Akintola, Alhaji Tafawa Balewa and Alhaji Ahmadu Bello was perfected and Chief Obafemi Awolowo was arrested for coup plotting/treason. His trial commenced in earnest and he was alongside some accomplices convicted for treason and jailed for 10 years. This again was the first alleged coup plotting and conviction in Nigerian history
Intent on totally decimating Chief Awolowo, Chief Ladoke Akintola together with his Deputy Premier Remi Fani Kayode "Fani-Power" (both of Nigerian National Democratic Party) went into a political alliance with Prime minister Tafawa Balewa's Northern People's Congress (NCP) and new political party known as the Nigerian National Alliance (NNA) was formed
Dr Nnamidi Azikiwe led NCNC teamed up with incarcerated Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s Action Group (AG), the Northern Progressive Front (NPF), the Kano People's Party (KPP), the Northern Elements Progressive Union (NEPU), the United Middle Belt Congress (UMBC) and the Zamfara Commoners Party (ZCP). To form the United Progressive Grand Alliance (UPGA)
In 1964, federal elections became due. Ethnic chauvinism, intimidation and violence was part of the frenzied campaigning. Chief Remi Fani Kayode and Chief Ladoke Akintola’s campaign was almost entirely based on tribalism. When the elections were finally held, the result was a victory for the Northern People's Congress (NPC), which won 162 of the 312 seats in the House of Representatives, whilst the NNA held a total of 198 seats. Indeed Deputy Premier Remi Fani Kayode had famously boasted that “there is nothing they can do, whether they vote us or not, we will win.” This statement turned out to be true as massive rigging was orchestrated in the elections. Once again this became the first pioneering act of election rigging by indigenous actors in Nigeria’s history. The announcement of the rigged election results quickly sparked off unprecedented acts of thuggery, violence, arson, mass murders and general acts of lawlessness in the Western region.
Following the crisis, Dr Nnamidi Azikiwe requested the military GOC to intervene and reorganise the elections in the Western region to avoid catastrophe, but the military high command refused and Dr Azikiwe was briefly held in house arrest for making such a request. Without any resolution and with Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa and Alhaji Ahmadu Bello as fellow conspirators with Chief Ladoke Akintola and Chief Remi Fani Kayode in the massive election heist, nothing was done to curtail the violence which gradually intensified. Daily mass murders and arson became routine in the Western region (wetie).
In the midst of the constitutional crisis the elections to the Western House of Assembly were conducted on 11 October 1965. The decline in constitutionalism and disorder accelerated with this election. Ironically no state of emergency was declared; instead the Federal government sent security forces to support the victory of Chief Ladoke Akintola and Chief Remi Fani Kayode's NNDP. The violence and lawlessness in the Western region was to continue from 1964 until 1966. It was under these conditions that a section of the military finally struck and overthrew the government on 15 January 1966.
As a result of the 15 January (1966) military coup, which again was Nigeria's first military coup, key government officials and senior military figures including Alhaji Ahmadu Bello (the Premier of the Northern Region), Sir Tafawa Balewa (the Prime Minister), Chief Okotie-Eboh (the Minister of Finance), General Maimalari (the Chief of Army Staff), Brigadier Ademulegun(Commander of the Northern Garrison) Chief Ladoke Akintola (Premier of Western Region) and so many others were killed.
http://community.vanguardngr.com/forum/topics/the-crisis-that-truncated-the-first-republic

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Re: How Awolowo Was Jailed By Yorubas And Northerners by asorocker: 9:08pm On Apr 16, 2016
Zik was not a party to Awolowo going to jail and infact worked with the party of awolowo, a yoruba man by the name akintola worked with ahmadu bello to jail awolowo and the sentence was handed to awolowo by justice sowemimo

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Re: How Awolowo Was Jailed By Yorubas And Northerners by Volksfuhrer(m): 5:25am On Apr 17, 2016
asorocker:
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Following the crisis, Dr Nnamidi Azikiwe requested the military GOC to intervene and reorganise the elections in the Western region to avoid catastrophe, but the military high command refused and Dr Azikiwe was briefly held in house arrest for making such a request...

asorocker:
Zik was not a party to Awolowo going to jail and infact worked with the party of awolowo, a yoruba man by the name akintola worked with ahmadu bello to jail awolowo and the sentence was handed to awolowo by justice sowemimo

Zik's judgment in politics was schoolboy. I like the part where he was put under house arrest... Had he accepted Awo's offer of alliance earlier, he would have been Prime Minister and Commander-in-Chief, and Nigeria's history would have been much different.

In any case, whether Zik was party to Awo's incarceration or not is still debatable, and that Zik worked with AG (after Awo was already in jail) does not sway the debate.

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Re: How Awolowo Was Jailed By Yorubas And Northerners by Deadlytruth(m): 8:26am On Apr 17, 2016
Zik should have simply resigned from the NPC-NCNC coalition government if he truly had no hand in Awolowo's incarceration and the unconstitutional reinstatement of Akintola to Western Region Premiership position by the government. Meanwhile the Zik who initially rejected Awolowo's AG-NCNC coalition offer on some very flimsy and meaningless excuses later turned around to form the UPGA alliance with AG while it was too late due to Awo's imprisonment. Zik had to fight alone against the Northern Oligarchy's rigging of 1962 census because the Awolowo who would have added an invaluable momentum to the Southern side in that fight had already been weakened by the Zik/Balewa coalition government.
I keep asking why Zik would prefer to form a government with the Born-to-rule chanting Northern Oligarchy against an all South ideologically based alliance that would have in no time placed Nigeria on the path of rapid development and industrialization.

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Re: How Awolowo Was Jailed By Yorubas And Northerners by ClintonJr: 8:20pm On Nov 08, 2017
I like the way Yorubas are beating around the bush just to drag Zik into the mess, then turn a blind eye to the role Akintola played in jailing Awolowo #backstabbers

Deadlytruth:
Zik should have simply resigned from the NPC-NCNC coalition government if he truly had no hand in Awolowo's incarceration and the unconstitutional reinstatement of Akintola to Western Region Premiership position by the government. Meanwhile the Zik who initially rejected Awolowo's AG-NCNC coalition offer on some very flimsy and meaningless excuses later turned around to form the UPGA alliance with AG while it was too late due to Awo's imprisonment. Zik had to fight alone against the Northern Oligarchy's rigging of 1962 census because the Awolowo who would have added an invaluable momentum to the Southern side in that fight had already been weakened by the Zik/Balewa coalition government.
I keep asking why Zik would prefer to form a government with the Born-to-rule chanting Northern Oligarchy against an all South ideologically based alliance that would have in no time placed Nigeria on the path of rapid development and industrialization.

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Re: How Awolowo Was Jailed By Yorubas And Northerners by vengertime: 9:05pm On Nov 08, 2017
Late Afonja betrayed awolowo
Re: How Awolowo Was Jailed By Yorubas And Northerners by IJOBA2: 9:56pm On Nov 08, 2017
PA AWOLOWO OF BLESSED MEMORY WAS JAILED BY HIS EWEDU MUSLIM BRETHREN IN COLLABORATION WITH THEIR GAMBARI MASTERS

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Re: How Awolowo Was Jailed By Yorubas And Northerners by Deadlytruth(m): 1:59pm On Nov 22, 2017
ClintonJr:
I like the way Yorubas are beating around the bush just to drag Zik into the mess, then turn a blind eye to the role Akintola played in jailing Awolowo #backstabbers


The usual disease of assuming that it takes only a Yoruba person to see through the naivete and myopia of Zik.
Zik signed all the documents with which Balewa implemented Awolowo's jail sentence.
Igbos and their incurable self enslavement disposition towards Gambaris.

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Re: How Awolowo Was Jailed By Yorubas And Northerners by T9ksy(m): 2:58pm On Nov 22, 2017
Deadlytruth:

I keep asking why Zik would prefer to form a government with the Born-to-rule chanting Northern Oligarchy against an all South ideologically based alliance that would have in no time placed Nigeria on the path of rapid development and industrialization.


Your question is a no-brainer, am afraid.

The sardunna was not too keen on the concept of one nigeria where his educationally-challenged and backward people -his main constituency will be at the wrong end of the economic ladder hence his position was simply, "give me ultimate power in the new nation or else i walk away with my people".

Unfortunately, at the time, only zik and his covetous people were chanting "one nigeria/ pan-Africanism" like an agama lizard who, having fell off a tall tree and believing he's alone decided to nod his head in self-congratulation .

Zik, himself admitted years later that, had he formed a coalition with his southern neighbour, the sardunna will have immediately and without much ado, taken his people out of the new nation. But zik and his fake "one nigeria enthusiasts" would have none of it. They want the northerners who incidentally have never liked the ibos and have never shy away from expressing these negative emotions in more violent forms, first in 1945 and then again in 1953, as an integral part of the new nation.


Meanwhile, their (ibos') sole objective is the absolute domination of the other groups in the new nation but typical to form, there mouth ran out on their myopic cognitive processor which culminate in the unenviable but highly predictable scenario before our very dear eyes extantly, where "the hunter has turn into the hunted "


LOBATAN!!!




N.B: Greed and covetousness is not an endearing or profitable trait.

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Re: How Awolowo Was Jailed By Yorubas And Northerners by ratcockoduduwa: 4:10pm On Nov 22, 2017
Akintola betrayed awolowo is nothing new. Akintola saw the kind of man awolowo was hence he teamed up with balewa to jail awolowo. Trust awo at your own peril.
Re: How Awolowo Was Jailed By Yorubas And Northerners by Duru1(m): 5:35pm On Nov 22, 2017
Deadlytruth:
Zik should have simply resigned from the NPC-NCNC coalition government if he truly had no hand in Awolowo's incarceration and the unconstitutional reinstatement of Akintola to Western Region Premiership position by the government. Meanwhile the Zik who initially rejected Awolowo's AG-NCNC coalition offer on some very flimsy and meaningless excuses later turned around to form the UPGA alliance with AG while it was too late due to Awo's imprisonment. Zik had to fight alone against the Northern Oligarchy's rigging of 1962 census because the Awolowo who would have added an invaluable momentum to the Southern side in that fight had already been weakened by the Zik/Balewa coalition government.

I keep asking why Zik would prefer to form a government with the Born-to-rule chanting Northern Oligarchy against an all South ideologically based alliance that would have in no time placed Nigeria on the path of rapid development and industrialization.

You probably will continue to wallow in this ignorant stream of thought if you do not brush up on your knowledge base. The question you should first pose to yourself is "when did NNDP break from AG? The formation of NNDP by the rebellious Action Group stalwarts led to Awolowo's incarceration.

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Re: How Awolowo Was Jailed By Yorubas And Northerners by Deadlytruth(m): 8:52am On Nov 23, 2017
Duru1:


You probably will continue to wallow in this ignorant stream of thought if you do not brush up on your knowledge base. The question you should first pose to yourself is "when did NNDP break from AG? The formation of NNDP by the rebellious Action Group stalwarts led to Awolowo's incarceration.


And you surely will continue to wallow in self delusion till you decide to rely on logic and refrain from abusive language in debates.

The question you should rather ask yourself is which predated which between Zik's decision to coalesce with NPC in 1960, and the formation of NNDP in 1962.

The part of my post which you bolded in my mention would suggest that your response was going to explain why Zik preferred the North in 1960. But Ironically your response was totally off the mark as it was about the creation of NNDP which happened in 1962 and therefore could only have been an effect and not a cause of Zik's 1960 decision. The causes of an event naturally predates the event and not the other way round. What happened in 1999 could not have been caused by what is currently happening now in 2017.

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Re: How Awolowo Was Jailed By Yorubas And Northerners by sainttwist1(m): 8:59am On Nov 23, 2017
hmmmm......sorry
Re: How Awolowo Was Jailed By Yorubas And Northerners by igbodefender: 9:44am On Nov 23, 2017
asorocker:

http://community.vanguardngr.com/forum/topics/the-crisis-that-truncated-the-first-republic
The January 1966 coup plotters said their aim was to install Awolowo as Prime Minister.

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Re: How Awolowo Was Jailed By Yorubas And Northerners by hollandis(f): 9:58am On Nov 23, 2017
I am igbo and i want to say this useless piece is a lie.

It was Nnamdi Azikiwe that caused the downfall of Awolowo with his stupid " One Nigeria" Stance. ( As me how)

Op does.not know history.Awolowo is the best thing tht ever happenex to Nigeria.

I can keep going on and on but at the end of the day it doesnt matter

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Re: How Awolowo Was Jailed By Yorubas And Northerners by hollandis(f): 10:01am On Nov 23, 2017
Deadlytruth:
Zik should have simply resigned from the NPC-NCNC coalition government if he truly had no hand in Awolowo's incarceration and the unconstitutional reinstatement of Akintola to Western Region Premiership position by the government. Meanwhile the Zik who initially rejected Awolowo's AG-NCNC coalition offer on some very flimsy and meaningless excuses later turned around to form the UPGA alliance with AG while it was too late due to Awo's imprisonment. Zik had to fight alone against the Northern Oligarchy's rigging of 1962 census because the Awolowo who would have added an invaluable momentum to the Southern side in that fight had already been weakened by the Zik/Balewa coalition government.
I keep asking why Zik would prefer to form a government with the Born-to-rule chanting Northern Oligarchy against an all South ideologically based alliance that would have in no time placed Nigeria on the path of rapid development and industrialization.

Pls stop educating thw ignorant people.Ignorance is a disease.These a ssholes dont know Azikiwe was the biggest problem .

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Re: How Awolowo Was Jailed By Yorubas And Northerners by Uchek(m): 9:37pm On May 03
EXACTLY. THEY IGNORE THE ROLE OF THEIR KINSMEN.

ClintonJr:
I like the way Yorubas are beating around the bush just to drag Zik into the mess, then turn a blind eye to the role Akintola played in jailing Awolowo #backstabbers

Re: How Awolowo Was Jailed By Yorubas And Northerners by 2elliot: 12:01am On May 04
Deadlytruth:
Zik should have simply resigned from the NPC-NCNC coalition government if he truly had no hand in Awolowo's incarceration and the unconstitutional reinstatement of Akintola to Western Region Premiership position by the government. Meanwhile the Zik who initially rejected Awolowo's AG-NCNC coalition offer on some very flimsy and meaningless excuses later turned around to form the UPGA alliance with AG while it was too late due to Awo's imprisonment. Zik had to fight alone against the Northern Oligarchy's rigging of 1962 census because the Awolowo who would have added an invaluable momentum to the Southern side in that fight had already been weakened by the Zik/Balewa coalition government.
I keep asking why Zik would prefer to form a government with the Born-to-rule chanting Northern Oligarchy against an all South ideologically based alliance that would have in no time placed Nigeria on the path of rapid development and industrialization.
You must think logically that at the time of independence, some were naive of the tribal interests and born to rule mentality of others. Nigeria was too young for some of them to understand the game at play.

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Re: How Awolowo Was Jailed By Yorubas And Northerners by 2elliot: 12:06am On May 04
T9ksy:



Your question is a no-brainer, am afraid.

The sardunna was not too keen on the concept of one nigeria where his educationally-challenged and backward people -his main constituency will be at the wrong end of the economic ladder hence his position was simply, "give me ultimate power in the new nation or else i walk away with my people".

Unfortunately, at the time, only zik and his covetous people were chanting "one nigeria/ pan-Africanism" like an agama lizard who, having fell off a tall tree and believing he's alone decided to nod his head in self-congratulation .

Zik, himself admitted years later that, had he formed a coalition with his southern neighbour, the sardunna will have immediately and without much ado, taken his people out of the new nation. But zik and his fake "one nigeria enthusiasts" would have none of it. They want the northerners who incidentally have never liked the ibos and have never shy away from expressing these negative emotions in more violent forms, first in 1945 and then again in 1953, as an integral part of the new nation.


Meanwhile, their (ibos') sole objective is the absolute domination of the other groups in the new nation but typical to form, there mouth ran out on their myopic cognitive processor which culminate in the unenviable but highly predictable scenario before our very dear eyes extantly, where "the hunter has turn into the hunted "


LOBATAN!!!




N.B: Greed and covetousness is not an endearing or profitable trait.
If this is the only thing your dead brain cells could come up with, then I am afraid you are hopeless.

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Re: How Awolowo Was Jailed By Yorubas And Northerners by 2elliot: 12:10am On May 04
hollandis:


Pls stop educating thw ignorant people.Ignorance is a disease.These a ssholes dont know Azikiwe was the biggest problem .
So now who is responsible for this your stupidity? Zik?

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Re: How Awolowo Was Jailed By Yorubas And Northerners by Deadlytruth(m): 5:04am On May 04
2elliot:
You must think logically that at the time of independence, some were naive of the tribal interests and born to rule mentality of others. Nigeria was too young for some of them to understand the game at play.

If there was anybody too naive to understand such at that moment, Zik had no excuse to be the one.

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Re: How Awolowo Was Jailed By Yorubas And Northerners by Tulsaguy: 6:30am On May 04
Booked space.....encroachment is punishable by confiscation of your babe
Re: How Awolowo Was Jailed By Yorubas And Northerners by Casham: 8:12am On May 04
Zik happens to be the only one of those useless "founding fathers" I respect. Bello is an arrogant religious extremist. Balewa is a known hypocrite. Awolowo is an ethnic bigot and a snitch. Akintola is a selfish mofo.
Re: How Awolowo Was Jailed By Yorubas And Northerners by T9ksy(m): 2:23pm On May 04
2elliot:
If this is the only thing your dead brain cells could come up with, then I am afraid you are hopeless.



....but you with the supposedly functional brain cells can only shoot down the messenger rather than deal with the message.
Re: How Awolowo Was Jailed By Yorubas And Northerners by 2elliot: 2:49pm On May 04
T9ksy:




....but you with the supposedly functional brain cells can only shoot down the messenger rather than deal with the message.
No offence bro. U be correct guy, but that msg no gel.
Re: How Awolowo Was Jailed By Yorubas And Northerners by T9ksy(m): 3:08pm On May 04
2elliot:
No offence bro. U be correct guy, but that msg no gel.



I make no apology for your cognitive deficit to adequately process my msg.

You should have stayed in the Romance section.
Re: How Awolowo Was Jailed By Yorubas And Northerners by Deadlytruth(m): 1:58am On May 05
Casham:
Zik happens to be the only one of those useless "founding fathers" I respect. Bello is an arrogant religious extremist. Balewa is a known hypocrite. Awolowo is an ethnic bigot and a snitch. Akintola is a selfish mofo.

Zik actually carried all those traits you credited the others with. Go and read Ojukwu's memo about Zik, Ahmadu Bello, Awolowo and see Zik for who he really was

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Re: How Awolowo Was Jailed By Yorubas And Northerners by owobokiri(m): 4:50am On May 05
Akintola ruthlessly pursued Awolowo to the extent of collaborating with the Sarduana and Tafawa Balewa to get him jailed for coup plotting in Calabar! If it was that convinient, Awolowo would have been killed, because at a point his movements even within the western region was targeted..
Awolowo was by far the most popular politician from Westrrn Nigeria at this period and the wreckless decimation of his political machinery by the Akintola/Sarduana/Balewa combo, led to riots and murders in western Nigerian streets, otherwise termed "operation wetie" . The idea of imprisoning Awolowo was perpetuated to get him out of the way before the general elections of 1964 which Akintola and the Sarduana rigged beyond belief with the help of the Tafawa government! Zik being the president REFUUSED to call their party to come and form the government for ONE full year because of all the violence, the killings and the riggings..

By the time the time Zik agreed to call the socalled winning coalition to form a government, the evils associated with that election have become so pronounced that most Nigerians wanted change..That was where the country was on the night of Jan 15th. .. Revisionists will never mention the fact that Azikiwe stood against the rigged elections for a full year and refused Akintolas emergence as the leader of Western Nigeria politics over Awolowo for a full year! Nobody wants to talk about "operation wetie", which went on for do long while Balewa looked the other way, just as Buhari is looking the other way today while the Fulani killings go on unabated! Neither will they mention the fact that Awolowo, who was sent to prison by Tafawa Balewa/Akintola/Sarduana coalition, was dutifully serving his prison sentence in an Eastern Nigerian city named Calabar, as at the night of the January 15th 1966 coup! Essentially, if the plan was to waste all the leaders of the other regions as the narrative suggests these days, a lonely Awolowo in an Eastern prison was the most vulnerable.. But he wasn't touched!
Re: How Awolowo Was Jailed By Yorubas And Northerners by Racoon(m): 5:45am On May 05
The league between Ladoke Akintola/Remilekun Fani- Kayode with the central Balewa government led to the final cascade of events leading to Awo's incarceration.
Hausa-fulani hate anything that threatened their grip- hold on political power hence always using the divide- and-rule card.
Re: How Awolowo Was Jailed By Yorubas And Northerners by Casham: 10:01am On May 05
Deadlytruth:


Zik actually carried all those traits you credited the others with. Go and read Ojukwu's memo about Zik, Ahmadu Bello, Awolowo and see Zik for who he really was
of course anything coming from Ojukwu can be comfortably taken as propaganda. Besides, it is expected for Ojukwu to malign Zik; they both Stood for freedom but under opposing ideologies. Zik was pan-Nigerian, Ojukwu was separatist. Ojukwu is one man I respect so much(and I am not even Igbo), but for the sake of fairness, I take anything he's got to say about Zik with a pinch of salt.
Re: How Awolowo Was Jailed By Yorubas And Northerners by Deadlytruth(m): 3:26pm On May 05
Casham:
of course anything coming from Ojukwu can be comfortably taken as propaganda. Besides, it is expected for Ojukwu to malign Zik; they both Stood for freedom but under opposing ideologies. Zik was pan-Nigerian, Ojukwu was separatist. Ojukwu is one man I respect so much(and I am not even Igbo), but for the sake of fairness, I take anything he's got to say about Zik with a pinch of salt.

Ojukwu was as well no fan of Awolowo and Ahmadu Bello. But sincerity demanded that he described them for whom they really were as regards the question of disposition to one-Nigeria project. To be nearer home Ojukwu never considered either Ahmadu Bello or Awolowo as tribalists, but as realists who put their people's interest first in a Nigeria that was nothing more than a British experiment which, from glaring evidences, was more likely to fail than succeed, hence not deserving any strong commitment or sacrifice on the part of any of the component ethnicities. Only Azikiwe chose to close his eyes to that glaring and naked reality in pursuit of the vainglorious 'Zik of Africa' title by which he ended up placing his kinsmen in harm's way.
Else how could Zik (a graduate of Anthropology for that matter) be the only one espousing the forced cohabitation of different peoples with diverse and in fact diametrically opposing cultural philosophies and value systems into a contraption against their will?
Contrary to your perception that Ojukwu's position on Zik is propaganda, the opinion of nearly every other independent political analysts perfectly corroborate Ojukwu's.
If you know what the Anthropology course content entails, you would realize that Zik's position was in stark conflict with the tenets of his profession as regards the approach to nation building.

Even IPOB recently disrupted an award ceremony for illustrious Igbo sons the moment Zik was announced as one of the would-be posthumous beneficiaries of the award. The reason IPOB gave for their action is that Zik's ideology and stance on issues is not worth any eulogy let alone emulation by any Igbo youth. They added that had Zik not taken the position he took but aligned his thoughts and ideologies with those of Ahmadu Bello and Awolowo, Nigeria would have evolved differently to the good of everyone today. Now I guess you know Zik better than his own Igbo kinsmen who now see his stance on issues back then as the foundation for the Nigerian tragedy, right?

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