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Violent Protest , State Of Emergency , Coup And A Civil War In The 60s by kettykin: 8:55am On Sep 14, 2017
This is a little story about how the State of Emergencie declared in the Western Part of Nigeria as a result of Operation wetie wetted the ground for the first Nigerian coup .

Operation Wetie (English: soak him with petrol and set him ablaze)[1] was a violent protest that took place in Western Nigeria between violent political factions, the Hausa-Fulani natives and some members of the Nigerian National Democratic Party during the First Republic which eventually led to the first military coup in Nigeria on 15 January 1966.
The term "Operation Wetie" was coined from the setting ablaze of politicians and their properties with petrol, with many victims of the political violence killed by "necklacing." During the early 1960s, violence was on a rapid rise in the political system of Nigeria which led to the introduction of Operation Wetie whereby political gangs were used to disrupt elections.[3]

Operation Wetie was significantly used in 1962 when Chief Ladoke Akintola and Chief Obafemi Awolowo were embroiled in a protracted crisis thus leading to a high rate of violence and acts of lawlessness with law makers engaging themselves in vicious physical combats in the Western regional parliament.

At the Height if the Operation Wetie , the Prime Minister used the powers of his office to invoke a state of emergency

"I rise to move the resolution standing in my name which reads as follows:-

"That in pursuance of Section 65 of the constitution of the federation it is declared that a state of public emergency exists and that this resolution shall remain in force until the end of the month of December, nineteen hundred and sixty-two."
"Allegation of conspiracy have been made against the Federal Government, that it had planned the whole crisis in order to take over the Western Nigeria government. It has also been said in certain quarters that this parliament would be abusing its powers were it to declare a state of emergency because the sad and unfortunate occurrences had not extended.
Re: Violent Protest , State Of Emergency , Coup And A Civil War In The 60s by kettykin: 8:56am On Sep 14, 2017
does history repeat itself ??
Re: Violent Protest , State Of Emergency , Coup And A Civil War In The 60s by Nobody: 10:37am On Sep 14, 2017
kettykin:
does history repeat itself ??


yes, it does in Nigeria. cry

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