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Olusegun Osoba: How Fake News From Foreign Media Triggered 1967 Civil War by stephanie11: 12:35pm On May 30
POLITICSNIGERIA.COM

Former Ogun state Governor, Chief Olusegun Osoba, says the Nigerian Civil war, also known as Biafran war, started with fake news spread by Agence France-Presse (AFP), an international media organisation headquartered in Paris.

Osoba, who appeared on Arise TV earlier in the week, stated that fake news on AFP that northerners were killed in Portharcourt, Rivers state, triggered the violence that erupted afterwards.

Recall that the Nigerian Civil War which started in 1967 and ended 1970 was an offshoot of the mass movement of Igbos back to Eastern Nigeria to form a new federation, the Republic of Biafra.

“The Nigerian civil war started by a fake news on AFP that northerners were killed in Portharcourt and that led to the massacre of Igbos which they called PROGROM then. That was the beginning of the Civil War in Nigeria. I covered the war, the destruction that happened I don’t want to discuss it,” the former Governor said.

The 1966 anti-Igbo pogrom was a series of massacres committed against Igbo people and other people of southern Nigerian origin living in northern Nigeria starting in May 1966 and reaching a peak after 29 September 1966.

Nearly 30,000 Igbos and easterners were estimated to have been killed after the massacres.Drawing a cue from the past, Chief Osoba said stakeholders must be careful to prevent such occurrence.

“So the thing is that we have to be careful a little statement can trigger a more dangerous development that we cannot handle.”

Speaking on agitations for Oduduwa Republic, the former Governor explained that calls for secession are results of a bottled-up anger and frustration of the youths.

“When you talk of Oduduwa Republic, I must say that we elders across the board agreed that is the frustration that younger ones are facing is what is leading them to the extreme and asking that we should separate.”

“When young men come out of university and they now resort to doing menial jobs. We refuse to develop our technical education, which will give them practical work that they can do. Unemployment.”

“Insecurity is on all of us. Now if I dare go out in the night, my family will be wonder why, what am I doing outside? That was not the Nigeria that we grew up to know.”

“We used to enjoy travelling at night from Lagos to Ilorin, Ilorin to Kano. Nobody would dare do that this day. So, it’s the frustration of the younger ones. For those of us who are elders, you just have to be very careful.”

He, however advised the older generation to listen to the opinion of the younger ones and “only try to persuade them to see the alternatives so that we can reach a consensus that will not lead to Civil War.”
https://politicsnigeria.com/how-1967-civil-war-began-with-fake-news-from-foreign-media-ex-governor-osoba/

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Re: Olusegun Osoba: How Fake News From Foreign Media Triggered 1967 Civil War by Tinubuadvocate: 12:37pm On May 30
Okay another one is looming again because I heard ESN gunned down a prominent fulani man this morning in owerri.

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Re: Olusegun Osoba: How Fake News From Foreign Media Triggered 1967 Civil War by NwaAmaikpe: 12:38pm On May 30
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Point of correction Mr Osoba, do not try to rewrite history.

Fake news did not trigger the 1967 civil war because the pogroms were already ongoing in the North before the war.
The civil war was triggered by the Hausa-Fulani leaders' decision to jettison a perfect resolution to the volatility that was agreed upon at Aburi, Ghana.

Sadly, this breach of agreement was encouraged by the Yoruba elites like Awolowo, Mobolaji Johnson and Adebayo who never considered that the accord was to their favour as well.
Today Sanwo-Olu is fighting for a special state status for Lagos State. Would he have to do that if his kinsmen didn't sabotage the struggle for a federated nation of sovereign areas?

The civil war could have been prevented if only Yakubu Gowon kept to his side of the bargain.

Just like as in January 4th of 1967, the escalations going on right now can only be defused by regionalizing the nation and abolishing the 1999 Constitution to create one that won't encourage the impoverishment of him who should be rich to enrich him that should be poor.

It is not fair that it is okay for someone from Kebbi who scored 110 in JAMB gets admitted on merit for Medicine in a prestigious university while another from Anambra who scores 360 can't get into the same school for the same course.

It is also not fair that it is okay to see a Fulani man clutching daggers and machete while a Yoruba man who holds a pen-knife is arrested for being in possession of dangerous weapons.

Is it fair that the proceeds of Crude oil gotten from the Niger Delta region are spent in the North while the proceeds of Gold mining only belong to Zamfara?

Is it fair that Kano State should benefit from proceeds of alcohol sale through the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) despite sabotaging the profitability of Alcoholic Breweries and threatening their existence by destroying alcoholic drinks?

To think it is okay for Bagudu to get some of Sani Abacha's recovered loot but the Federal Government has the exclusive right of that of James Ibori and not even Delta State whose funds it is in the first instance.

If different laws apply for different people, then it is only fair to split the country so as not to make anyone feel disenfranchised.

This is common sense but my suggestions can't be taken seriously since my only forte is in masturbationn.

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Re: Olusegun Osoba: How Fake News From Foreign Media Triggered 1967 Civil War by GuyWise101(m): 12:40pm On May 30
Nna mehnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

My advice to my fellow Igbos outside Igbo land is to get a gun even if it's two rounds, take a soul or two with you before dying.

Don't allow any motherfuccarrrrrr kill you for nothing.

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Re: Olusegun Osoba: How Fake News From Foreign Media Triggered 1967 Civil War by LegendHero(m): 12:40pm On May 30
Many things led to the civil war Chief Osoba, do you want to say you don’t know history or you’re just trying to be politically correct?

Often many people believed the killing of Saraduana and Balewa are what led to the North uprising against the Ibos in the North but this is half truth. The Unitary decree of Aguiyi Ironsi caused as much harm as the coup. Infact, it was what led to the initial killing of Ibos in the North, and gave the fertile ground for the counter-coup.

I will give timelines of events below, if anyone need proof of any of the point I raise I will provide it.

Besides the killings of other tribesleader by the majorly coupist of Jan 1966 which everyone knows, the below are some other side of the story.

Decree of 1966:
--May 1966, Ironsi announced that the regions are dissolved and there will be unification of the Public Service.
-- Note: The Ibos have the highest number of civil service candidates then and they are more itinerant than other group, which implies that decree will favor them.
--That decree was popular in the East and the Northerners received it as a blow on them and an act of marginalization against them because they have low number of civil servant. Remember Saraduana video that was trendy then.
--To crown the fears of the Northerers, General Ironsi announced the unification decree while the constitutional report group he set up under the chairmanship of Chief Rotimi Williams haven't concluded their report yet. So he acted on this own.

Riots due to the Decree:
--May 28,1966, A massive demonstration of about 20,000 people held against Ironsi decree in Kano which was organized to present a petition by the military authorities through the Emir of Kano. Slogans used were "Pure Federalism or We Bust", "We denounce abuse of power", We Separate Clearly". Infact that was when the North preached secession. 7 people were reportedly killed that day

Kano, Kaduna, and mining centers of Jos and Bukuru again protested with violence with placards saying "Let there be seccession". Infact over 92 people were killed in that weekend demonstration. They burnt Southerners quarter, houses and over-turned cars. Ironsi replied to the protest by saying he will declare certain area military areas, replace civil court with military court, and death penalty to anyone causing destruction in the North. He also accused the Arab world of being behind the protesters coz they are friends to Saraduana.

In June 1966, The government declared Dusk to Dawn curfew and these riots and killing still continued with rumors in the North that the Ibos will counter-attack. I don't know if Chief Osoba is referring to this.

--Over 100 emirs and Chiefs in the North gave an ultimatum to the Ironsi government to reject the decree. The resolution was presented by the 65-year old Sultan of Sokoto then who is also the uncle of Saraduana where they demanded Nigeria should stay Federal, and old boundaries should remain as before.

--The progom continues with several Ibos being killed across the North. The North sensed domination of the Ibos because the constitutional study group haven't submitted their report yet but Ironsi still abolished the system. Then the sentiment is that Ironis is running a Ibo regime just like people are talking about Fulani regime now. Gombe, Katsina, Bauchi also joined in the attacks mainly against the Ibos.

Counter Coup:
--July 1966, the mutineers arrested Ironsi and later killed him which set the ball rolling for more violent attacks here and there. Brigadier Ogundipe who is the Chief of Staff to Ironsi made a broadcast saying the military is still in control with but what happened in few days after showed that the mutineers want none of Ironsi regime and are all out for revenge. Cut story short, Gowon took power.

--Aug 1966, Gowon took power as a Northerner, first it is decisive, he is a Christian and he is from the minority so he is seen as a great asset not only in Uniting the North as a common force but also to appear to the South as being relatively acceptable. Then he ordered the release of Awolowo, Enahoro and other political prisoners which was a masterstroke, now you have the buy-in of some Awo symphatizers who are by far the vast majority of the Yorubas and some of the Edo areas.

All these contributed to other riots, killings, thousand Ibos killed in the North, Ibos retaliated in Port Hacourt killing 25 Hausas, plane evacuating Ibos, and eventually the civil war as the ending game.

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Re: Olusegun Osoba: How Fake News From Foreign Media Triggered 1967 Civil War by RedAbaya: 12:45pm On May 30
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Re: Olusegun Osoba: How Fake News From Foreign Media Triggered 1967 Civil War by duro4chang(m): 12:45pm On May 30
This man talks better than others. Many kings and politicians talk rubbish but to me this man is fair.

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Re: Olusegun Osoba: How Fake News From Foreign Media Triggered 1967 Civil War by West1side: 1:16pm On May 30
Re: Olusegun Osoba: How Fake News From Foreign Media Triggered 1967 Civil War by West1side: 1:16pm On May 30
Look at what this fool is saying

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Re: Olusegun Osoba: How Fake News From Foreign Media Triggered 1967 Civil War by Fantasticcc: 1:29pm On May 30
Tinubuadvocate:
Okay another one is looming again because I heard ESN gunned down a prominent fulani man this morning in owerri.
who cares,why not start the killing....futa jalon boy

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Re: Olusegun Osoba: How Fake News From Foreign Media Triggered 1967 Civil War by orisa37: 1:45pm On May 30
Good Sense Osoba.

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Re: Olusegun Osoba: How Fake News From Foreign Media Triggered 1967 Civil War by Chibuzoc(m): 1:46pm On May 30
After interacting with real yorubas on Twitter and Facebook, I can confidently say that most bororo indigenes claiming to be yorubas on nairaland are fake. The general public should take note

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Re: Olusegun Osoba: How Fake News From Foreign Media Triggered 1967 Civil War by orisa37: 1:48pm On May 30
Good Sense Osoba.


More of that to help NIGERIA devolve the excessive Powers of a Tribal PRESIDENT.

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Re: Olusegun Osoba: How Fake News From Foreign Media Triggered 1967 Civil War by BENARI: 1:52pm On May 30
Tinubuadvocate:
Okay another one is looming again because I heard ESN gunned down a prominent fulani man this morning in owerri.

Is that your hope? This time it might consume you. You know nothing of war.

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Re: Olusegun Osoba: How Fake News From Foreign Media Triggered 1967 Civil War by TarOrfeeek: 1:56pm On May 30
LegendHero:


3 million of your ancestors won’t agree to that bolded!

You guys amaze me. Shey your ancestors signed any agreement with the Yorubas to fight as one to warrant all this hate and tears over the civil war?

—You killed our premier!
—Truncated a system in which we blossomed as a region!
—You bombed Lagos!
—You invaded Ore!
—Ojukwu wrote a provocative letter to the West telling us to subject ourselves under his protection. Such audacity!
—Even after the war, we gave you back your properties.

But in all the above, you want us to fold our arms and not act in an existentialist issue and even tho we returned your assets when even your brothers in Rivers denied you same, you still accuse us Yorubas as the enemy.


1). You killed your Premier
2). You starved women and children to death
3). You went to Asaba and killed all the males
4). The FG bombed Lagos to warn sympathy from the SW
5). Your officers and men led the campaign in the Midwest that cleared villages who were not even Biafra aligned.
6). You did not recover any property. The omoile menace is traced to the mass rush for Igbo properties after the war. Yorubas would sell back people's own homes to them when they returned.

Those who were not able to buy them back were kicked out. Even in the courts fake title document were accepted by the FG legal system awarding Igbo homes to Yorubas.

You and your likes are evil despicable bigots. Just like Awolowo, you'll never know peace.

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Re: Olusegun Osoba: How Fake News From Foreign Media Triggered 1967 Civil War by orisa37: 2:09pm On May 30
LAWAN, GBAJABIAMILA AND BUHARI SHOULD NOW CHANNEL THEIR REVIEW TO SCRAPING THE EXCLUSIVE LIST OF THE 1999 CONSTITUTION AND LIMITING FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO FOREIGN AFFAIRS, MILITARY, ON EQUALITY OF STATES BASIS, AND TREATIES SEALING ONLY NOW, NOW NOW.

FULANIS' PLOT FOR RUGA, ISLAMISATION FULANISATION AND ANARCHY WON'T WORK IN NIGERIA. THE IGBOS, THE TIVS AND THE YORUBAS WON'T GREE. THIS THAT SOME SENATORS FROM NASARAWA, THE NE, NW ARE SHOOTING FROM THE HIP IS NONSENSE. GOD BLESS SARAKI, ORTOM, AKEREDOLU ETCETERA ETCETERA FOR THEY DARED THE CAPITAL CRIMINAL SQUARELY.

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Re: Olusegun Osoba: How Fake News From Foreign Media Triggered 1967 Civil War by orisa37: 2:13pm On May 30
LAWAN, GBAJABIAMILA AND BUHARI SHOULD NOW CHANNEL THEIR REVIEW TO SCRAPING THE EXCLUSIVE LIST OF THE 1999 CONSTITUTION AND LIMITING FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO FOREIGN AFFAIRS, MILITARY, ON EQUALITY OF STATES BASIS, AND TREATIES SEALING ONLY NOW, NOW NOW.

FULANIS' PLOT FOR RUGA, ISLAMISATION FULANISATION AND ANARCHY WON'T WORK IN NIGERIA. THE IGBOS, THE TIVS AND THE YORUBAS WON'T GREE. THIS THAT SOME SENATORS FROM NASARAWA, THE NE, NW ARE SHOOTING FROM THE HIP IS NONSENSE. GOD BLESS SARAKI, ORTOM, AKEREDOLU ETCETERA ETCETERA FOR THEY DARED THE CAPITAL CRIMINAL SQUARELY.

SARAKI, ORTOM AND AKEREDOLU SUCCEEDED WHERE TAMBUWAL AND ATIKU FAILED. WE ARE WATCHING YOU ALL.

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Re: Olusegun Osoba: How Fake News From Foreign Media Triggered 1967 Civil War by visijo(m): 2:19pm On May 30
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Re: Olusegun Osoba: How Fake News From Foreign Media Triggered 1967 Civil War by MANNABBQGRILLS: 2:20pm On May 30
Here is a video of Ojukwu saying anyone that wants to ask for Biafra is a fool that should not be taken serious.
That nothing like that will ever happen in Nigeria again.
But a fraudulent fraudster being sponsored by some evil politicians is being taken serious more than ikemba Ojukwu
Brainwashing is worse than poverty.

Affliction will not arise a second time..........

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Re: Olusegun Osoba: How Fake News From Foreign Media Triggered 1967 Civil War by SangoOlukosoOba(m): 2:20pm On May 30
Trying to cover up the fact that IPOBS/ESN killed Gulak

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Re: Olusegun Osoba: How Fake News From Foreign Media Triggered 1967 Civil War by GIANTPLUSHUB: 2:21pm On May 30
Okay
Re: Olusegun Osoba: How Fake News From Foreign Media Triggered 1967 Civil War by InaNla(f): 2:21pm On May 30
YOU SEE!!!
Re: Olusegun Osoba: How Fake News From Foreign Media Triggered 1967 Civil War by sofiscatedmoron: 2:21pm On May 30
I need me rihanna,i need me summer walker and sza
Im tired of bleeping this same naija bitches,
Re: Olusegun Osoba: How Fake News From Foreign Media Triggered 1967 Civil War by Siwisheswereesh: 2:21pm On May 30
Wow
Re: Olusegun Osoba: How Fake News From Foreign Media Triggered 1967 Civil War by Siwisheswereesh: 2:21pm On May 30
SangoOlukosoOba:
Trying to cover up the fact that IPOBS/ESN killed Gulak




Stop this! angry

Gulak's assassination is clearly politically motivated.

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