Awolowo coup of January 1966

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Awolowo ,Awoism
Obafemi Awolowo

By Emeka Obasi

You do not need to take part in a coup d’etat to be chosen as leader. Chief Obafemi Awolowo was in jail for treasonable felony when the first military coup took place on January 15, 1966. The young majors wanted to make him Prime Minister.

As a consultant historian, mine is to say it from a very objective and analytical point of view. The problem with Nigeria is that some of our leaders are insincere, they do not want the people to see the truth. That caused them to remove history from our school books.

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I know many will disagree with me. That is alright but I also challenge them to an international debate to fault my claims. I seek not to protect or project Igbo, Yoruba or Hausa. I write as one who understands Nigerian history.

Some of those who took part in the January 1966 coup, came out boldly to say that their plan was to release Chief Awolowo from…



Source: Vanguard Newspaper