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Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi Speaks On The 50th Year Of Aguiyi Ironsi's Death by Oluwabusobomi(f): 10:19am On Jul 29, 2016
•He hid my son in the wardrobe when his killers came


By Anayo Okoli

For Lady Victoria Aguiyi Ironsi, the shock of the news of the tragic death of her husband, the late former Head of State, Lt. General Johnson Aguiyi Ironsi can never go away. She described the day and entire period as shocking and terrible dark days. But she remains grateful to God that she weathered it all.
In this interview in Umuahia, Lady Aguiyi Ironsi laments that both the Federal and State Government do not accord the nation’s heroes the respect they deserve.

Today is 50 years of the tragic death of your husband. How did you receive the news?

Well, it is 50 years now, I am happy that God has kept us alive till today. And today, one can look back to those dark days. It is not a day one can forget in life, we keep remembering it. The shock can never go away.

How did you feel when the news came? As the wife at home, all of a sudden the news came that your husband, the Head of State, has been killed. How did you receive the news?

Shocking, it was a terrible thing. But usually when a soldier marries a woman, he always tries to bring her up to his standard, that is to be brave and courageous. Time without number, they go out and they don’t return. They tell us as wives, ‘as a soldier, I can die any day.’ They don’t hesitate to tell us something like that. And when they tell us things like that, we always think they are just talking, but they are teaching us something serious, really. In my case, when I got worried, he would advise me not to be worried. He would tell me, ‘don’t be worried, I am a soldier, I can die any day.’ So on this fateful day, it happened. Where did he go to, a meeting in Ibadan; Fujuyi was hosting him at the State House, Ibadan. From a meeting you don’t see your husband again; he was not sick, nothing. What you do, nothing, you wouldn’t even know what to do, you are just empty. It is only God that can console you, that time you need God most. That was what happened to me, it was shocking. You don’t even know the true situation of things. Nobody told me whether he was dead or alive. For so many months, no information on whether he was killed. People just kept trooping in [to the State House], saying this and saying that, then you are dumb, you can’t even talk. I just kept looking at thousands of people that came to see me. Who were you going to talk to? Some people said they saw him in Umuahia, his home town, some said they saw him in other places, I was just looking at people talking, I did not know what to contribute. I was just confused, looking at them.

But being the wife of a general, and going by what he used to tell you about the risk in his profession, were you able to put one and two together to sense that he was dead?

Oh yes. That was why I called Emeka [Col. Emeka Odimegwu Ojukwu, the Governor of Eastern Region] and told him to take me down to the East, that I didn’t think I would continue to remain here [State House], Lagos. I called him to make arrangement to move me down, and he did that immediately.

Were you with the children then?

Of course, even my first son who came from London on holidays followed him [Gen Ironsi] to Ibadan for the meeting. I did not even remember that he was there with him, he followed his father to Ibadan for a meeting; he said he wanted to have a sight-seeing. A young boy, who had been in London all his life, just came home on holidays. I didn’t even remember again that he was with his father because my brain was off.

How did your son feel the tragic incident?

He was with his father in the State House, Ibadan, when the soldiers came [to arrest his father]. His father put him in the wardrobe and went down stairs to meet the soldiers who came for him. He warned his son, ‘don’t enter any car, just take train and go back to Lagos.’ A very clever boy, he did as instructed and came back to Lagos on train.

Was he the person who eventually told you what actually happened to your husband?

No, he did not even talk. He just entered and said, ‘oh, I have a brave father. I have a brave father, he didn’t allow them to touch him; he followed them to wherever they were going.’ He said he looked through the window, that his father just entered his car and followed them. And Fujuyi, (who was his host])insisted that he must go with them where they were going. He said he was looking at them as they left. He told me, ‘mummy, dad said I should tell you not to cry.’

How are you planning the memorial service?

The church service will hold Friday, 29th July, at the Martha Day Catholic Cathedral, Umuahia, and reception will hold here in the house. The memorial service is to thank God for keeping us alive. He, himself, being a man of God would be happy where ever he is now. So we have to thank God. Members of the Legions have indicated interest to come and they will go to his burial site to pay him respect.

What of the Military authority, did you extend invitations to them?

My dear, only members of the Legion have said they would come. But the Military know about it. 50 years anniversary is a national thing. Even the Federal and State Governments ought to take it serious, but they are busy doing their politics. It is their responsibility to do everything I am doing now about this programme, but they don’t care, the Government, both Federal and State, are busy doing politics, and the past heroes they don’t recognize them. It is a major event in the nation’s history, but look at how they are handling it. The man who just phoned me is the chairman of the Legions in the State, informing me that they are coming in their uniform.

http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/07/many-months-didnt-know-husband-died-lady-aguiyi-ironsi/

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Re: Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi Speaks On The 50th Year Of Aguiyi Ironsi's Death by Jombojombo(f): 10:23am On Jul 29, 2016
This is really touching!

May his brave soul continue to rest on Christ

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Re: Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi Speaks On The 50th Year Of Aguiyi Ironsi's Death by Beremx(f): 10:41am On Jul 29, 2016
cool cool

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Re: Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi Speaks On The 50th Year Of Aguiyi Ironsi's Death by Tunami(m): 11:07am On Jul 29, 2016
This shows that Nigeria's problems started long time ago.

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Re: Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi Speaks On The 50th Year Of Aguiyi Ironsi's Death by 2eggs1goal: 11:27am On Jul 29, 2016
Tunami:
This shows that Nigeria's problems started long time ago.
Aguyi Ironsi acts and greed for power was/is part if not the main cause of Nigeria's problem, whereby people in government want to get to top even if it means killing their follow country men and expect people to worship them for it.
For his actions dia was a reaction, an eye for an eye makes Nigeria go blind sha.

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Re: Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi Speaks On The 50th Year Of Aguiyi Ironsi's Death by idupaul: 11:29am On Jul 29, 2016
Till today I don't know why Ironsi and Fajuyi were murdered because they didnt even put up a resistance to the putchists

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Re: Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi Speaks On The 50th Year Of Aguiyi Ironsi's Death by ManMountain(m): 11:39am On Jul 29, 2016
Knowing the undercurrents of the coup and all the sentiments, Aguiyi Ironsi should NOT have taken over leadership at that moment in time, it only fueled speculations and the resultant commotions from Jan 1967.

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Re: Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi Speaks On The 50th Year Of Aguiyi Ironsi's Death by Oluwabusobomi(f): 12:24pm On Jul 29, 2016
2eggs1goal:

Aguyi Ironsi acts and greed for power was/is part if not the main cause of Nigeria's problem, whereby people in government want to get to top even if it means killing their follow country men and expect people to worship them for it.
For his actions dia was a reaction, an eye for an eye makes Nigeria go blind sha.

Am sure you don't know anything about the first nor the second coup. I can read ignorance all over ur post.
Get enlightened

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Re: Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi Speaks On The 50th Year Of Aguiyi Ironsi's Death by Jombojombo(f): 12:28pm On Jul 29, 2016
ManMountain:
Knowing the undercurrents of the coup and all the sentiments, Aguiyi Ironsi should NOT have taken over leadership at that moment in time, it only fueled speculations and the resultant commotions from Jan 1967.

You are wise.
But the fact was that he was the most senior officer at the time. In addition, he led the counter operation against the main plotters of the first coup which led to its eventual failure in Lagos and Ironsi's subsequent assumption of office.

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Re: Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi Speaks On The 50th Year Of Aguiyi Ironsi's Death by Jombojombo(f): 12:31pm On Jul 29, 2016
Lalasticlala, it is exactly 50 years today that Lt. Gen. Aguiyi Ironsi was murdered in Ibadan alongside Fajuyi, are we not supposed to celebrate them?

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Re: Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi Speaks On The 50th Year Of Aguiyi Ironsi's Death by 2eggs1goal: 12:34pm On Jul 29, 2016
Oluwabusobomi:

Am sure you don't know anything about the first nor the second coup. I can read ignorance all over ur post.
Get enlightened

Ignorance is bliss.!!!

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Re: Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi Speaks On The 50th Year Of Aguiyi Ironsi's Death by ManMountain(m): 12:37pm On Jul 29, 2016
Jombojombo:

You are wise.
But the fact was that he was the most senior officer at the time. In addition, he led the counter operation against the main plotters of the first coup which led to its eventual failure in Lagos and Ironsi's subsequent assumption of office.

Danjuma led the assault that foiled the Dimka coup against Murtala, he was Chief of Army staff, he refused to to assume leadership role, to some people, they will labeled that as an act of cowardice, but to a sensible one, it was a wise decision knowing that Dimka is a Middle Belt man like Danjuma.
Sometimes, the right thing is not always the wise or moral thing.

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Re: Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi Speaks On The 50th Year Of Aguiyi Ironsi's Death by DIKEnaWAR: 12:52pm On Jul 29, 2016
Expecting the same persons that killed him to celebrate him?

Where is TY Danjuma? The man that led the operations. What of (then) Capt Martin Adamu? Killers and bloodsuckers who thrive on mediocrity and quota system.

I don't seek for this country to divide, but we must have a total fiscal federalism Shikinan!

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Re: Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi Speaks On The 50th Year Of Aguiyi Ironsi's Death by DIKEnaWAR: 12:57pm On Jul 29, 2016
ManMountain:


Danjuma led the assault that foiled the Dimka coup against Murtala, he was Chief of Army staff, be refused to to assume leadership role, to some people, they will labeled that as an act of cowardice, but a sensible one, it was a wise decision knowing that Dimka is a Middle Belt man like Danjuma.
Sometimes, the right thing is not always the wise or moral thing.

It was (then) Col Ibrahim Babangida that led the assault, not Danjuma.

Why did Danjuma not take over?

1. They tried to avoid what happened when Ironsi was killed that led to the war by refusing the next in rank, Brig Ogundipe to take over. Obj was next in rank and ought to take over. Having Obj in power then was really nothing to them, because he was an appendage of the north then.

2. Why was he not made second in command to Obj? He is a christian and from northern minority. They needed a muslim from the core north to pair Obj to placate the 'owners' of Nigeria that they have not totally lost power.

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Re: Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi Speaks On The 50th Year Of Aguiyi Ironsi's Death by DIKEnaWAR: 1:02pm On Jul 29, 2016
Jombojombo:

You are wise.
But the fact was that he was the most senior officer at the time. In addition, he led the counter operation against the main plotters of the first coup which led to its eventual failure in Lagos and Ironsi's subsequent assumption of office.


Very correct!

People don't know that while other officers ran into hiding, it was Ironsi who came out and crushed the coup and assumed command. Being the most senior officer, he had to take over.

Now an igbo coup was crushed by an igbo officer. No one talks about this.

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Re: Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi Speaks On The 50th Year Of Aguiyi Ironsi's Death by Jombojombo(f): 1:03pm On Jul 29, 2016
This country has never and can never be one!

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Re: Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi Speaks On The 50th Year Of Aguiyi Ironsi's Death by cyberdurable(m): 2:33pm On Jul 29, 2016
[size=20pt]Fact[/size]: [size=15pt]Aguiyi Ironsi and Nnamdi Kanu came from the same village[/size]

[size=15pt]GREAT SON OF IBEKU LAND IN ABIA STATE...[/size]

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Re: Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi Speaks On The 50th Year Of Aguiyi Ironsi's Death by AgentOrange: 2:34pm On Jul 29, 2016
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Re: Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi Speaks On The 50th Year Of Aguiyi Ironsi's Death by hakeem4(m): 2:34pm On Jul 29, 2016
Lemme ask t.y danjunma
Re: Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi Speaks On The 50th Year Of Aguiyi Ironsi's Death by AgentOrange: 2:35pm On Jul 29, 2016
DIKEnaWAR:



Very correct!

People don't know that while other officers ran into hiding, it was Ironsi who came out and crushed the coup and assumed command. Being the most senior officer, he had to take over.

Now an igbo coup was crushed by an igbo officer. No one talks about this.

The big mistake he made was wasting time in dealing with the coup plotters.

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Re: Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi Speaks On The 50th Year Of Aguiyi Ironsi's Death by realestniggah: 2:40pm On Jul 29, 2016
where are our elder at?who is aguiyi ironsi..
me i wasn't born during that time o
Re: Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi Speaks On The 50th Year Of Aguiyi Ironsi's Death by MakaveliTheDon(m): 2:43pm On Jul 29, 2016
Beremx:
cool cool
see how d wife dey kiss am self ha mouth be like toad

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Re: Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi Speaks On The 50th Year Of Aguiyi Ironsi's Death by therealchase(m): 2:44pm On Jul 29, 2016
Lol if his son entered any car..trust Nigerians they would have kidnapped him lol...agunyi ironsi Nigeria misses you

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Re: Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi Speaks On The 50th Year Of Aguiyi Ironsi's Death by shamecurls(m): 2:44pm On Jul 29, 2016
DIKEnaWAR:



Very correct!

People don't know that while other officers ran into hiding, it was Ironsi who came out and crushed the coup and assumed command. Being the most senior officer, he had to take over.

Now an igbo coup was crushed by an igbo officer. No one talks about this.


grin grin grin #Thereway #ThereLife #ThereCulture #Betrayal

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Re: Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi Speaks On The 50th Year Of Aguiyi Ironsi's Death by ejibaba(m): 2:45pm On Jul 29, 2016
Yes
Re: Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi Speaks On The 50th Year Of Aguiyi Ironsi's Death by hefelove(m): 2:46pm On Jul 29, 2016
Since I wasn't born then let me just be learning from ur comments

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Re: Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi Speaks On The 50th Year Of Aguiyi Ironsi's Death by Samtoby(m): 2:47pm On Jul 29, 2016
Sowi Mar...

But I thought Spirit they announce there death for dream na...

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Re: Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi Speaks On The 50th Year Of Aguiyi Ironsi's Death by tomquest: 2:49pm On Jul 29, 2016
Truth be told, Aguiyi Ironsi had the golden opportunity to do the right thing upon assuming leadership after the abortion of the so-called Igbo coup. But he failed to bring instant justice to those officers who brutally murdered notable Nigerians (while sparing those from a particular region of the country). This was the case against Ironsi. Perhaps the events which led up to the Civil War would have been averted and millions of lives saved.

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Re: Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi Speaks On The 50th Year Of Aguiyi Ironsi's Death by Ratello: 2:50pm On Jul 29, 2016
2eggs1goal:

Aguyi Ironsi acts and greed for power was/is part if not the main cause of Nigeria's problem, whereby people in government want to get to top even if it means killing their follow country men and expect people to worship them for it.
For his actions dia was a reaction, an eye for an eye makes Nigeria go blind sha.
undecided undecided who is this? Keep quiet there my friend and grow some beards.

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Re: Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi Speaks On The 50th Year Of Aguiyi Ironsi's Death by Iko5000: 2:50pm On Jul 29, 2016
My friend go and read your history books and come back when you have enlightened yourself.
2eggs1goal:

Aguyi Ironsi acts and greed for power was/is part if not the main cause of Nigeria's problem, whereby people in government want to get to top even if it means killing their follow country men and expect people to worship them for it.
For his actions dia was a reaction, an eye for an eye makes Nigeria go blind sha.

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Re: Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi Speaks On The 50th Year Of Aguiyi Ironsi's Death by ManMountain(m): 2:51pm On Jul 29, 2016
DIKEnaWAR:



Very correct!

People don't know that while other officers ran into hiding, it was Ironsi who came out and crushed the coup and assumed command. Being the most senior officer, he had to take over.

Now an igbo coup was crushed by an igbo officer. No one talks about this.

And Igbo the greatest beneficiaries.
The first act Ironsi enacted was Act 34.

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