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I Deeply Regret Fighting To Keep Nigeria One...Pa Babawande by pinkPUSSY(f): 5:08pm On May 15, 2022
Seventy-five-year-old Corporal Philip Babawande (retd.), tells OLUFEMI OLANIYI his experience during the Nigeria-Biafra civil war and the plight of some ex-soldiers who fought on the side of Federal Government but have not been receiving pensions for the past 44 years

When did you join the army?

I joined the Nigerian Army in February 1968. I left in December 1978. I spent 10 years, but any soldier who fought in the war was given two and a half years. That is a bonus and it is added unto your years of service. That is why the number of years I spent is put at about 13.

Did you fight during the Nigerian civil war?



Yes, I fought. I started my battle experience in Asaba, which is the present day Delta State capital. I ended it in Onitsha.

Were you conscripted into the army?

I joined the army voluntarily. I went the first time but I was rejected based on my stature. I went again to Abeokuta when it was a depot and I was eventually selected in February 1968. I did three months training and immediately after the training, we were deployed to the war front. The war started in 1967 and after the three-month training, we were sent to the war front.



Where was the first place you were deployed?

I was deployed in Asaba.

Can you remember the name of your commander then?

It’s been a long time, I can’t remember his name. But one of our officers then was the former Military Governor of Oyo State, Major General Oladayo Popoola ( retd.). At a time, we were under General David Jemibewon

What rank was General Popoola then?

He just graduated from the Nigerian Defence Academy. He was a second lieutenant then as a fresher from the NDA. We were together at Asaba.

Did you have any near-death experience during the war?

I had many but I can never forget one experience in Asaba. We went for an attack where I was almost killed, but God just saved my life in a miraculous way. We were going into the rebels’ area in a single line formation and I was the fifth person from the front. We did not know that we were very close to where Biafran soldiers had planted landmines. Whenever I remember now, I still thank God for saving me; it was a divine intervention and I owe God gratitude for that forever.

Some of my pieces of ammunition fell and I just left the rank and started picking them. As I stepped aside to pick the ammunition, some of my colleagues had passed me and by the time I finished picking them, about 20 soldiers had passed so, I was now about number 20 something. We did not know that the Biafran soldiers had planted landmines where we were and they had laid ambush for us and were watching us from their hideout. We were the ones going to their stronghold to meet them; so, it was easy for them to prepare to attack us. The wire with which to ignite the mines was buried under the ground. Immediately I joined the rank back, I heard terrible explosions and my colleagues were torn into pieces; I could have been one of them if not for God’s intervention. God orchestrated how my pieces of ammunition fell and I stepped out of the rank to pick them back. The explosions were followed by heavy shooting and we had many casualties that day. God spared my life. Although as soldiers, we also fought back, we lost quite a number of our colleagues that day.

Which other place were you deployed after Asaba?

We were deployed in Onitsha. We were there in October 1968. Lots of people died during the war, but God saved me.

After those experiences and you have not been paid your pensions for the past 44 years, do you regret fighting in the war?

The only regret I have is that we are not being paid our pensions and that is quite unfortunate.

Did you gain anything from fighting on the side of Nigeria?



I did not make any gains in terms of money, but I gained experience. I might not have travelled to the East, but fighting during the war gave me that opportunity. During our time, promotion was so rare. I was in the rank of corporal for nine years. I served under the military police after the war.

Will you have preferred that the Biafran succeeded in breaking away with the way you are being treated now?

No. Not at all. My anger will not graduate to that level. I never regretted that Nigeria won the war. I also don’t have any regrets fighting on the side of Nigeria, because I fought to defend the unity of my country. Nigeria is my fatherland and I have no regrets at all.

Were there promises made to you then by the Nigerian government?

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There were no promises made to us.

You said you were a Buhari boy while in the army…

Yes. He was a Major then. Although I was not directly under him, some of my colleagues served under him and that is why I have kept saying that Buhari is not aware of our plight. I am sure if he is aware of what is being done to us, he will take steps to redress it because he knows what it is to fight a war. We are living in poverty and we are supposed to be receiving pensions every month like others, but we are still praying to God that we won’t die without collecting our entitlements.

They have deprived us of our rights for the past 44 years. They have denied us our pensions for so many years and the irony of it is that they said we are not qualified, because we didn’t spend up to 15 years in service. It was Decree 102 they used against us. This Decree 102 was not supposed to be used against us, because they didn’t use it against the then rebels, the Biafran soldiers, who fought against Nigeria. The Biafran soldiers were paid in batches and they have all been paid to the last kobo. The last batch was paid last year, about 112 of them.

How old were you when you joined the army?

I was around 21 years old then. Many of us were in our early 20s and we all enlisted in the Nigerian Army and we fought for a period of 10 years and more, when the government depopulated the Nigerian workforce. Some of us crossed to various places like the police, Customs, immigration, schools and other places, where we continued with our lives.

When did you start this agitation for the payment of pensions?

We have been on this agitation since but it was renewed in2002. In 2007, there was biometric capturing and out of those of us who were captured, few people were paid and those who were paid have been collecting their pensions since then.

Why were they paid and some of you were not paid?

They paid those who spent 15 years and above in the army.



Did you challenge this?

We were in court for several years. We had many adjournments and Femi Falana (SAN) has been our lawyer. But in 2015, they said we should settle out of court. They called on us to do another verification in 2015. Then, we were issued with a biometric data paper, where they wrote genuine pensioners. Since then, we have been waiting to receive our pensions, but all to no avail.

Now, they are claiming that anyone that didn’t serve up to 15 years is not qualified to receive pensions. But they forgot that there was a circular that came out in 1977, where it was stated that any soldier that spent 10 years or more, but less than 15 years, is qualified to receive pensions, and they will be entitled to 40 per cent of their terminal salaries.

Are those in charge not aware of this?

I don’t know if they are not aware of this circular. If they are not aware of it, they should go and search for it. We have all the documents with us. We have the verification papers. Our biometrics were captured in 2007 and 2015. We all have it with us. So, we don’t know the reason why they should continue to punish us. Many of my people are in abject poverty and many have died. We laid down our lives for the unity of this nation. I wonder why they are treating us like this. We want the whole nation to know that we are being cheated. Those who fought on the Biafran side have been paid, and that is the irony of it. Why were they paid and they left us unpaid? We that laid our lives for the unity of this nation were abandoned and the rebels were paid. We called them rebels then anyway, but they are no longer rebels now. The whole world must know about our plight.

How many of you are being owed now?

On the nominal role, we have 780 of us who have not been paid. The number may be more than that. So, we appeal to the Federal Government to heed our plea. If a person spent a day at the war front, you can’t equate it with somebody who spent a year outside the war front.

Do you think what you are experiencing will encourage those in the military now to put in their best to defend the country?

We are doing this not for ourselves alone; we are doing it for those who are even serving now. If we are able to succeed in this one, it means those of them who will not spend up to 15 years before retirement will also start to receive pensions. Many of them appreciate the steps we are taking because we are preparing the ground for them in the future. It is annoying that they are using excuses to deny us our rights.

Were you paid any money when you retired?

We were paid gratuities, but it is the pension we are fighting for now. So, they owe us 44 years’ pensions now. But we are appealing to them to consider our plight. Some of us are very poor. Many don’t have money to feed or buy drugs, and that is why we are making this passionate appeal to the government to pay us.



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Re: I Deeply Regret Fighting To Keep Nigeria One...Pa Babawande by pinkPUSSY(f): 5:08pm On May 15, 2022
Those still supporting one Nigeria till this moment despite seeing everything happening in this contraption will surely be consumed by the consequences of one Nigeria...



undecided

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Re: I Deeply Regret Fighting To Keep Nigeria One...Pa Babawande by gasparpisciotta: 5:39pm On May 15, 2022
This generation and the ones after it failed Nigeria.
Re: I Deeply Regret Fighting To Keep Nigeria One...Pa Babawande by Oplomo: 6:00pm On May 15, 2022
Everyone who fought to destroy Biafrans for the mohammedans will live long enough to see Biafrans fluorish while they die penniless with empty bellies. In Jesus name Amen.

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Re: I Deeply Regret Fighting To Keep Nigeria One...Pa Babawande by Naajjii: 6:02pm On May 15, 2022
Nyamiri people grin grin
Re: I Deeply Regret Fighting To Keep Nigeria One...Pa Babawande by kenzysmith: 6:02pm On May 15, 2022
Igbos rushing to this thread

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Re: I Deeply Regret Fighting To Keep Nigeria One...Pa Babawande by Penguin2: 6:22pm On May 15, 2022
So he is complaining because of pension?

Look at this old fool.

I thought he was about to express disappointment at the disaster that Nigeria has turned out to be.

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Re: I Deeply Regret Fighting To Keep Nigeria One...Pa Babawande by raymexx: 7:04pm On May 15, 2022
Old fool @70
Thank God who kept you alive to witness first hand that,
1. You fought for nothing.
2. So you deserve nothing for fighting for nothing.
3. You were just used by the fulanis.
4. The people you fought has risen from the ashes of geneocide and 20 pounds to be very prosperous while you dwell in Lamentations of regrets for 44 years

What a wonderful GOD we serve.

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Re: I Deeply Regret Fighting To Keep Nigeria One...Pa Babawande by Karemarealty288(m): 7:07pm On May 15, 2022
Oplomo:
Everyone who fought to destroy Biafrans for the mohammedans will live long enough to see them fluorish while they die penniless with empty bellies. In Jesus name Amen.

Ameeeennnnnn!!

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Re: I Deeply Regret Fighting To Keep Nigeria One...Pa Babawande by Oplomo: 7:30pm On May 15, 2022
Penguin2:
So he is complaining because of pension?

Look at this old fool.

I thought he was about to express disappointment at the disaster that Nigeria has turned out to be.

He is a yoruba man, playing around with words just to be on the safe side like they always do when held in a tight corner. grin

He actually regrets fighting for the Jihadist Abokeys, but he is too ashamed of admitting it. He also feels that saying it openly that he regrets fighting against Biafra will cost him whatever crumbs of pension buhari might decide to throw at him when he read the interview. grin

44 years of hunger can make one very diplomatic and I daresay 'sophicated' in the use of words. grin

It's a pity his children and grandchildren are also making the same mistake that they will regret in future. grin

Roski1 aka rossisky how far with you and the fight against Biafra. grin

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Re: I Deeply Regret Fighting To Keep Nigeria One...Pa Babawande by franchasofficia: 7:35pm On May 15, 2022
He deserves life jail angry

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Re: I Deeply Regret Fighting To Keep Nigeria One...Pa Babawande by Hyperchi(m): 8:01pm On May 15, 2022
even ppl e fought against done collect their own. him never collect him own coz he fight for noting

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Re: I Deeply Regret Fighting To Keep Nigeria One...Pa Babawande by AbaLion: 8:24pm On May 15, 2022
pinkPUSSY:
Those still supporting one Nigeria till this moment despite seeing everything happening in this contraption will surely be consumed by the consequences of one Nigeria...



undecided
You are too mischievous an individual, it was for same reason Cyynthia was banned for her penchant for misleading headlines. I would be least surprised if you are Cyynthia with your others monikers. Much worse if truly you're a female.
pinkPUSSY:


do you regret anything fighting the war ;


No. Not at all. My anger will not graduate to that level. I never regretted that Nigeria won the war. I also don’t have any regrets fighting on the side of Nigeria, because I fought to defend the unity of my country. Nigeria is my fatherland and I have no regrets at all.


-Lion

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Re: I Deeply Regret Fighting To Keep Nigeria One...Pa Babawande by kettykings: 8:24pm On May 15, 2022
This is what I call a fool at 70 ,thank God he gave an insight to how the Biafrans military was light miles ahead of them in Asaba and Onitsha, his fellow fools died for nothing . They only thing they could do was starve innocent women and children to death. May they die uselessly and painful death . People that brought shame on the black race their only achievement was keeping Biafrans in one Nigeria where nothing works with unorthodox and anti Human fighting techniques. May God visit them with vengeance. Useless good for nothing soldiers.

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Re: I Deeply Regret Fighting To Keep Nigeria One...Pa Babawande by AbaLion: 8:50pm On May 15, 2022
kettykings:
This is what I call a fool at 70 ,thank God he gave an insight to how the Biafrans military was light miles ahead of them in Asaba and Onitsha, his fellow fools died for nothing . They only thing they could do was starve innocent women and children to death. May they die uselessly and painful death . People that brought shame on the black race their only achievement was keeping Biafrans in one Nigeria where nothing works with unorthodox and anti Human fighting techniques. May God visit them with vengeance. Useless good for nothing soldiers.
Have you ever heard of guerrilla tactics, if you had, you would not have exposed your ignorance on a public forum.

-Lion

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Re: I Deeply Regret Fighting To Keep Nigeria One...Pa Babawande by ClipHog: 9:17pm On May 15, 2022
More perils are coming your way... Are coming your way...

The Blood of Biafrans will haunt you forever.... Will haunt you forever

You will live forever in pains and regrets...

TO ALL NIGERIAN VETERANS OF BIAFRA WAR

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Re: I Deeply Regret Fighting To Keep Nigeria One...Pa Babawande by Buckeyemedia1: 9:32pm On May 15, 2022
ClipHog:
More perils are coming your way... Are coming your way...

The Blood of Biafrans will haunt you forever.... Will haunt you forever

You will live forever in pains and regrets...

TO ALL NIGERIAN VETERANS OF BIAFRA WAR
These Dundee Ipobians, an ordinary corporal made a statement, they are all getting hype anti patriotic?
Re: I Deeply Regret Fighting To Keep Nigeria One...Pa Babawande by Penguin2: 9:40pm On May 15, 2022
Oplomo:


He is a yoruba man, playing around with words just to be on the safe side like they always do when held in a tight corner. grin

He actually regrets fighting for the Jihadist Abokeys, but he is too ashamed of admitting it. He also feels that saying it openly that he regrets fighting against Biafra will cost him whatever crumbs of pension buhari might decide to throw at him when he read the interview. grin

44 years of hunger can make one very diplomatic and I daresay 'sophicated' in the use of words. grin

It's a pity his children and grandchildren are also making the same mistake that they will regret in future. grin

Roski1 aka rossisky how far with you and the fight against Biafra. grin

Very pathetic lots

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Re: I Deeply Regret Fighting To Keep Nigeria One...Pa Babawande by ClipHog: 9:42pm On May 15, 2022
Buckeyemedia1:
These Dundee Ipobians, an ordinary corporal made a statement, they are all getting hype anti patriotic?
Guy I no be IPOBian
I be Borno citizen, Pure Marghi bred, I just can't swallow the fact that the brutal war was fought to curl secessionist spirits..
That the crime of the innocent men, women and childrens killed, starved to death was just because of self determination!...
I always pray may they (the bloodsucking monsters Armies) never find peace, even in the graves

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Re: I Deeply Regret Fighting To Keep Nigeria One...Pa Babawande by ArewaNorth: 10:42pm On May 15, 2022
pinkPUSSY:
Seventy-five-year-old Corporal Philip Babawande (retd.), tells OLUFEMI OLANIYI his experience during the Nigeria-Biafra civil war and the plight of some ex-soldiers who fought on the side of Federal Government but have not been receiving pensions for the past 44 years

When did you join the army?

I joined the Nigerian Army in February 1968. I left in December 1978. I spent 10 years, but any soldier who fought in the war was given two and a half years. That is a bonus and it is added unto your years of service. That is why the number of years I spent is put at about 13.

Did you fight during the Nigerian civil war?



Yes, I fought. I started my battle experience in Asaba, which is the present day Delta State capital. I ended it in Onitsha.

Were you conscripted into the army?

I joined the army voluntarily. I went the first time but I was rejected based on my stature. I went again to Abeokuta when it was a depot and I was eventually selected in February 1968. I did three months training and immediately after the training, we were deployed to the war front. The war started in 1967 and after the three-month training, we were sent to the war front.



Where was the first place you were deployed?

I was deployed in Asaba.

Can you remember the name of your commander then?

It’s been a long time, I can’t remember his name. But one of our officers then was the former Military Governor of Oyo State, Major General Oladayo Popoola ( retd.). At a time, we were under General David Jemibewon

What rank was General Popoola then?

He just graduated from the Nigerian Defence Academy. He was a second lieutenant then as a fresher from the NDA. We were together at Asaba.

Did you have any near-death experience during the war?

I had many but I can never forget one experience in Asaba. We went for an attack where I was almost killed, but God just saved my life in a miraculous way. We were going into the rebels’ area in a single line formation and I was the fifth person from the front. We did not know that we were very close to where Biafran soldiers had planted landmines. Whenever I remember now, I still thank God for saving me; it was a divine intervention and I owe God gratitude for that forever.

Some of my pieces of ammunition fell and I just left the rank and started picking them. As I stepped aside to pick the ammunition, some of my colleagues had passed me and by the time I finished picking them, about 20 soldiers had passed so, I was now about number 20 something. We did not know that the Biafran soldiers had planted landmines where we were and they had laid ambush for us and were watching us from their hideout. We were the ones going to their stronghold to meet them; so, it was easy for them to prepare to attack us. The wire with which to ignite the mines was buried under the ground. Immediately I joined the rank back, I heard terrible explosions and my colleagues were torn into pieces; I could have been one of them if not for God’s intervention. God orchestrated how my pieces of ammunition fell and I stepped out of the rank to pick them back. The explosions were followed by heavy shooting and we had many casualties that day. God spared my life. Although as soldiers, we also fought back, we lost quite a number of our colleagues that day.

Which other place were you deployed after Asaba?

We were deployed in Onitsha. We were there in October 1968. Lots of people died during the war, but God saved me.

After those experiences and you have not been paid your pensions for the past 44 years, do you regret fighting in the war?

The only regret I have is that we are not being paid our pensions and that is quite unfortunate.

Did you gain anything from fighting on the side of Nigeria?



I did not make any gains in terms of money, but I gained experience. I might not have travelled to the East, but fighting during the war gave me that opportunity. During our time, promotion was so rare. I was in the rank of corporal for nine years. I served under the military police after the war.

Will you have preferred that the Biafran succeeded in breaking away with the way you are being treated now?

No. Not at all. My anger will not graduate to that level. I never regretted that Nigeria won the war. I also don’t have any regrets fighting on the side of Nigeria, because I fought to defend the unity of my country. Nigeria is my fatherland and I have no regrets at all.

Were there promises made to you then by the Nigerian government?

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There were no promises made to us.

You said you were a Buhari boy while in the army…

Yes. He was a Major then. Although I was not directly under him, some of my colleagues served under him and that is why I have kept saying that Buhari is not aware of our plight. I am sure if he is aware of what is being done to us, he will take steps to redress it because he knows what it is to fight a war. We are living in poverty and we are supposed to be receiving pensions every month like others, but we are still praying to God that we won’t die without collecting our entitlements.

They have deprived us of our rights for the past 44 years. They have denied us our pensions for so many years and the irony of it is that they said we are not qualified, because we didn’t spend up to 15 years in service. It was Decree 102 they used against us. This Decree 102 was not supposed to be used against us, because they didn’t use it against the then rebels, the Biafran soldiers, who fought against Nigeria. The Biafran soldiers were paid in batches and they have all been paid to the last kobo. The last batch was paid last year, about 112 of them.

How old were you when you joined the army?

I was around 21 years old then. Many of us were in our early 20s and we all enlisted in the Nigerian Army and we fought for a period of 10 years and more, when the government depopulated the Nigerian workforce. Some of us crossed to various places like the police, Customs, immigration, schools and other places, where we continued with our lives.

When did you start this agitation for the payment of pensions?

We have been on this agitation since but it was renewed in2002. In 2007, there was biometric capturing and out of those of us who were captured, few people were paid and those who were paid have been collecting their pensions since then.

Why were they paid and some of you were not paid?

They paid those who spent 15 years and above in the army.



Did you challenge this?

We were in court for several years. We had many adjournments and Femi Falana (SAN) has been our lawyer. But in 2015, they said we should settle out of court. They called on us to do another verification in 2015. Then, we were issued with a biometric data paper, where they wrote genuine pensioners. Since then, we have been waiting to receive our pensions, but all to no avail.

Now, they are claiming that anyone that didn’t serve up to 15 years is not qualified to receive pensions. But they forgot that there was a circular that came out in 1977, where it was stated that any soldier that spent 10 years or more, but less than 15 years, is qualified to receive pensions, and they will be entitled to 40 per cent of their terminal salaries.

Are those in charge not aware of this?

I don’t know if they are not aware of this circular. If they are not aware of it, they should go and search for it. We have all the documents with us. We have the verification papers. Our biometrics were captured in 2007 and 2015. We all have it with us. So, we don’t know the reason why they should continue to punish us. Many of my people are in abject poverty and many have died. We laid down our lives for the unity of this nation. I wonder why they are treating us like this. We want the whole nation to know that we are being cheated. Those who fought on the Biafran side have been paid, and that is the irony of it. Why were they paid and they left us unpaid? We that laid our lives for the unity of this nation were abandoned and the rebels were paid. We called them rebels then anyway, but they are no longer rebels now. The whole world must know about our plight.

How many of you are being owed now?

On the nominal role, we have 780 of us who have not been paid. The number may be more than that. So, we appeal to the Federal Government to heed our plea. If a person spent a day at the war front, you can’t equate it with somebody who spent a year outside the war front.

Do you think what you are experiencing will encourage those in the military now to put in their best to defend the country?

We are doing this not for ourselves alone; we are doing it for those who are even serving now. If we are able to succeed in this one, it means those of them who will not spend up to 15 years before retirement will also start to receive pensions. Many of them appreciate the steps we are taking because we are preparing the ground for them in the future. It is annoying that they are using excuses to deny us our rights.

Were you paid any money when you retired?

We were paid gratuities, but it is the pension we are fighting for now. So, they owe us 44 years’ pensions now. But we are appealing to them to consider our plight. Some of us are very poor. Many don’t have money to feed or buy drugs, and that is why we are making this passionate appeal to the government to pay us.



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if Pa Babawande would be fair and honest by avoiding his fanatic mind to override his sense of decorum then he should know who are responsible for destroying the forced marriage they t apped all of us into through the assertions made here.
Do you know that when Tafawa Balewa was Prime Minister of Nigeria;
Chief of Army Staff was from SE, Chief of Naval, Staff was from SE, IG of Police was from SE, Chief of Defence Staff was from SE, Internal Affairs Minister SE, External Affairs Minister SE Education Minister South SE, Many other key ministries to SE, Parliament President SE, Unilag VC from SE, The University of Ibadan VC from SE, North resisted same at ABU.
Still, there was dissatisfaction by some ppl, the officers from the region killed this same Balewa.[b]
[b]Out of all the most senior officers in Nigeria, SE has 37, none was killed. 8 from the north, all of them were killed. 10 from the west, 2 were killed.[b]
[b]Then Ironsi imposed a unitary system of government on the country so that everything can belong to a region who snatched it. I hope u now see the person who gave us Unitary system?

We must know our history so that when we want to make corrections, we will not end up concealing the truth. This has nothing to do with tribalism but everything to do with the truth.....at times when lies litter the streets. There is a tendency to think those are truths and facts.
*What follows are facts that can be cross-checked for authenticity!"*
Prof. Ben Nwabueze was the man who drafted the constitution that took away powers from regions and handed it to the central government because his brother Aguiyi Ironsi was the head of state then but some ignorant or selfish people limit their accusations to only Abdussalam Abubakar constitution that give birth to current democratic govt. Today, they're shouting restructuring that they helped to destroy. We won’t forget.”
Some ppl are known to enjoy blaming others and indeed every other Nigerian tribe and Lord Luggard/Britain for their seeming claim of being in third class citizen status in Nigeria or refuse to let them go. In their perpetual attempts to play the victim card, they recount the political events of Nigeria from 1914 to the present in a half-baked and highly selective manner which cleverly avoids the mention of the roles played by their elite who by all natural laws of judgement were actually responsible for the woes that befell the entire Nigeria nation.
However, the national archives have the complete and unedited history of Nigeria regarding the political events beginning way back from even before 1914.
Shortly after the 1914 Amalgamation of the Northern and Southern Protectorates, it started getting clear that the country was bound to fail as the amalgamation in question was done with colonial fiat without the consent and consensus of the different tribes which were over 300. This prompted the political leaders to start asking for de-amalgamation so as to forestall the future danger which the forced amalgamation portended.
To that end, Ahmadu Bello, speaking on behalf of the Northern protectorate in 1944 described the amalgamation as "The mistake of 1914 which if allowed to remain will ultimately lead to unstoppable bloodshed and a failed country".
Awolowo, speaking on behalf of the Yorubas and Western minorities, described Nigeria as a mere geographical expression not qualified to be called a country let alone a nation. Awolowo added that if the amalgamation could not be reversed, then Nigeria should be structured as a strictly federal state so as to enable each tribe enjoy autonomy this freedom from being dominated by any one single tribe.
But Nnamdi Azikiwe, speaking for the Igbos, denounced Awolowo and Ahmadu Bello, terming them ethnic champions. He accused them of nursing a sectional agenda against the unity of Nigeria, and he declared further that the Unity of Nigeria was non-negotiable.
After moving the motion for independece in 1953, Anthony Enahoro proposed that a secession clause should be incorporated into the future constitution of Nigeria so as to give legal backing for any tribe to peacefully exit the forced union if it feels marginalized in future. According to Enahoro, such provision in our constitution would instill in all Nigeria's future leaders the fear of the consequences of misgovernance.
However, Azikiwe, speaking on behalf of Igbos, rose against him in the parliament and labelled him an agent of disunity, and enemy of Nigeria. At a later date, Awolowo too made a case for secession clause, but Azikiwe again resisted him and instigated the colonial authorities to threaten him and Enahoro with charges of treasonable felony if they didn't stop proposing secession clause for the future constitution.
Before independece, Tafawa Balewa too had in a public speech described Nigeria as a British experiment and Nigeria's unity as a British intention which Nigerians themselves don't believe in. But Azikiwe kicked and demonized him too. Had Azikiwe co-operated with Enahoro, Awolowo, Ahmadu Bello and Tafawa Balewa about the secession clause, Nigeria perhaps would not have been this misgoverned.
Northerners have clearly known this & will never succumb to cheap political trick, how can u call us backward and at the same time asking us to go back to 1963 constitution talkless of even amending the current constitution?
Pa Babwande should know that history can't just be erased for selfish reasons and no amount of aspersions or bigotry can change the fact abt Nigeria and her journey to the mayhem we are in today. Is he afraid of those who destroyed true federalism and replaced it with unitary system but he is barking like a dog trying to change the narration.
Re: I Deeply Regret Fighting To Keep Nigeria One...Pa Babawande by Rexymania(m): 11:27pm On May 15, 2022
Coming from a foolish old disgusting man. Nigeria is not yur father's land. They never knew Nigeria

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Re: I Deeply Regret Fighting To Keep Nigeria One...Pa Babawande by dialfa: 11:43pm On May 15, 2022
Hyperchi:
even ppl e fought against done collect their own. him never collect him own coz he fight for noting

I hear say FG even paid Biafran soldiers their pensions.

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Re: I Deeply Regret Fighting To Keep Nigeria One...Pa Babawande by NotBeenPaid: 2:57am On May 16, 2022

They always remember to tell the truth and identify the problems at near-grave-age. I mean all of them who colluded to destroy this country. Lubbish!

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Re: I Deeply Regret Fighting To Keep Nigeria One...Pa Babawande by allcomage: 7:47am On May 16, 2022
Lol this thing sweet me die. One Nigerianist.

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