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IT DID NOT BREAK YET, WE MUST FIX IT; WE THINK? On July 29, 1975 General Yakubu Gowon was overthrown. A new Head of State, Brigadier Murtala Ramat Muhammed, delivered his Inaugural Speech (below) to the nation on July 30, 1975. - Fellow Nigerians, Events of the past few years have indicated that despite our great human and material resources, the Government has not been able to fulfill the legitimate expectations of our people. Nigeria has been left to drift. This situation, if not arrested, would inevitably have resulted in chaos and even bloodshed. In the endeavour to build a strong, united and virile nation, Nigerians have shed much blood. The thought of further bloodshed, for whatever reasons must, I am sure, be revolting to our people. The Armed Forces, having examined the situation, came to the conclusion that certain changes were inevitable. After the civil war, the affairs of state, hitherto a collective responsibility, became characterized by lack of consultation, indecision, indiscipline and eve ...
People in Nigeria’s History Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu (4 November 1933 – 26 November 2011) was a Nigerian military officer and politician. Ojukwu served as the military governor of the Eastern Region of Nigeria in 1966, the leader of the breakaway Republic of Biafra from 1967 to 1970 and a Nigerian politician from 1983 to 2011, when he died, aged 78. Ojukwu came into national prominence upon his appointment as military governor in 1966 and his actions thereafter. A military coup against the civilian Nigerian Federal Government in January 1966 and a counter coup in July 1966 by different military factions, perceived to be ethnic coups, resulted in pogroms in Northern Nigeria in which Igbos were predominantly killed. Ojukwu who was not an active participant in either coup was appointed the military governor of Nigeria's Eastern Region in January 1966 by General Aguyi Ironsi. In 1967, great challenges confronted the Igbos of Nigeria with the coup d’etat of 15 January 1966 led by Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeog ...
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Vanguard Sovereignty belongs to the people as National Confab begins on March 22, 2014 / in Special Report 12:01 am By Emmanuel Edukugho The much-awaited National Conference started on Monday with most of the 492 delegates drawn from all the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory of Abuja attending the inaugural session. This is not the first national dialogue since return to civilian rule in 1999 after a long spell of military administration which began in January 15, 1966 when the democratic government under a parliamentary system headed by Prime minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was toppled and Major General Thomas Aguiyi Ironsi became first military Head of State. Then came the civil war which was successfully fought by General Yakubu Gowon with no foe no vanguished. National-Confab Subsequently, due to coups and counter coups, there had been series of military rulers culminating in the hand over on May 29, 1999 by erstwhile military Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar to Chief Olusegun Oba ...
Boko Haram: ADOPT MY BIAFRA WAR STRATEGY, Gowon tells Jonathan By News Express on 12/08/2013 Share on inShare Views: 162 Former head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, at the weekend, tasked President Goodluck Jonathan to take the case of Boko Haram insurgency in the country to God, adding that when faced with similar situation on Biafra, he consulted God in prayers before taking up arms against Biafra secessionists. The chairman and convener of Nigeria Prays made this disclosure in Sapele, Delta State, at the instance of the second synod of the Diocese of Sapele (Anglican Communion). “Before and during the launch of the Federal Government’s offensive against Biafra, I went on my knees and prayed to the Almighty, asking that all actions taken to protect our nationhood should be out of love, not hatred; that we should be guided in all our tasks and that we should do only those things that were acceptable to Him. “God answered our prayers and the result was that we were able to achieve fast and deep reco ...
General Yakubu Gowon was 27 or 29 yrs old when he became d head of state...
|2. In 1967, with the creation of 12 federal states by General Yakubu Gowon, it became part of Rivers State.
Army can crush Boko Haram –Gowon assures. Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, has said that the Army has...
Ibom |1. In 1967, General Yakubu Gowon made me a part of the South Eastern State
Insecurity: FG to host national youth peace concert t The first lady, Mrs Patience D. Jonathan, will be hosting Nigerian youths at the weekend to a national peace youth concert as part of efforts to engage the younger generation to contribute to peace building in the country. Youth across the country and youth organisations are expected to participate in the concert to enable them to lend their voice to channel a solution towards ending the insecurity in the country. Director General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Mike Omeri, while speaking during a press briefing in his office, said the programme will afford Nigerian youth to learn from experiences of older generation and other youth who have made impact in one way or the other. “General Yakubu Gowon, Chief Imam of Ansarud Deen, Chief Imam of Abuja, Pastor Adeboye, vice presidents from the ECOWAS region, first ladies of South Africa, Sudan, Cameroon among others will be there to share their experiences with the younger generation,” Omeri sai ...
.Gowon Challenges Boko Haram To Come Out And Defend Acts Of Killings gowonA former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon has urged the present administration to redouble its efforts at ending the mindless killings and mayhem across the country. The radical Islamist sect, Boko Haram has continued to kill and maim innocent Nigerians in the Northeastern part of the country. Gowon, who spoke at the National Youth Peace Concert held at the Eagle Square, Abuja on Saturday, also challenged the insurgents to come out and defend their acts of taking up arms against Nigeria. He urged Nigerians to support government by providing useful information that will aid security forces in their fight against the insurgents. Information Nigeria reports that the concert was organized by the Office of the First Lady and office of the Special Adviser to the President on Youth and Students Matters. He said: “I call on the Federal Government, using the various security agencies to vigorously work at ending the orgy of mindless kil ...
  CENTENARY JAMBOREE: Why We Collected Award - OBJ, IBB, Buhari . Past Presidents and Heads of State have expressed appreciation to President Goodluck Jonathan for honoring them with the Centenary awards in Abuja on Friday. They also declared that Nigeria has come to stay having remained together as one since 1914. Seven past leaders – Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, General Yakubu Gowon, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, General Muhammadu Buhari, General Ibrahim Babangida, General Abdusalami Abubakar and Head of the Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan, were honoured as ‘outstanding promoters of unity, patriotism and National Development’ at the State House, Abuja. The former Nigerian leaders called for greater security and unity in the country and charged the future generations to strive to take the country to greater heights by achieving milestones than the old and outgoing generation. Obasanjo said: “The award means Nigeria is making progress. If Nigeria survived the first 100 years, it means ...
President Jonathan and Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, Participating at the Inter-denominational Centenary Service On Sunday. "If God did not will it, we will not be Nigerians" - President Goodluck Jonathan
FULL TEXT OF President Jonathan'S CENTENARY ADDRESS TO THE NATION 913 490 417 1 0 National Broadcast by His Excellency, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR On the Occasion of Nigeria’s Centenary Celebrations Wednesday, 26th February, 2014 Dear Compatriots, 1. I extend warm greetings and felicitations to all Nigerians as we celebrate our nation’s centenary; a significant milestone in our journey to Nationhood. 2. One hundred years ago, on the 1st of January 1914, the British Colonial authorities amalgamated the Southern and Northern Protectorates, giving birth to the single geo-political entity called Nigeria which has become our home, our hope, and our heritage. 3. I have often expressed the conviction that our amalgamation was not a mistake. While our union may have been inspired by considerations external to our people; I have no doubt that we are destined by God Almighty to live together as one big nation, united in diversity. 4. I consider myself specially privileged to lead our country in ...
History: Do you know that on 8 August 1966, General Yakubu Gowon announced plans to disengage the military from governance though no time-table was stated?
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Honour so foul The Nation Editorial on Monday. •What were names of the queen, Lugard, Abacha, etc. doing in the centenary award list? Professor Wole Soyinka reacted with irony. Hear him: “I would have preferred that the entire day of infamy be ignored altogether. I’m even thinking favourably of just ignoring the obscenity, then turning up at the counter-event.” The bard and Nobel Laureate crooned about his zeal for the counter-event holding in London on June 27 in which Nigerians in Diaspora will honour 100 outstanding Nigerians in the United Kingdom. He was not alone at turning his back on the honour that the centenary committee set up by President Goodluck Jonathan conferred on 100 persons they regarded as outstanding in the past 10 decades of Nigeria’s existence. The families of human rights virtuoso Gani Fawehinmi and music impresario Fela Anikulapo-Kuti also rejected the honour. For the Fawehinmi family, the honour contradicted the moral ardour and humanist agenda of their paterfamilias. ...
General Yakubu Gowon is the Formal Head of State and ( Gowon )= means, Go On With One Nigeria... ( G.O.W.O.N.). is that True Or... Please Answer.
General Yakubu Gowon.doing great in this country, but reminds me of that man in Saw the movies.
General Yakubu gowon became head of states at the age of 27years,maybe in time i would become a rebellion in Nigeria government and politics.
Jeremiah useni, General yakubu Gowon and Dr. Paul Unongo are bunch of FAILURES as far as I am concerned because the have sold us the people of the middle belt cheap. and God will Punish them if they do not repent.
This country call Nigeria is not worth dying for.imagine an AK 47 rifles use during Biafran war of 1967-1970 when General Yakubu Gowon was head of state is still been use by Nigeria Army and other security forces today.This is very shameful...,with the billions of naira spend on Armed Forces in the country yet they can not affort to buy weapons like SKS,SMG and other sophisticated weapons with the latest technology??? I recall when General Gowon saw some of the AKs he shouted and said,...what are u still doing with this old outdated guns? Uptill now nobody have given him an answer.My advise for you is that,incase you come under any attack either by Boko Harams or Armed Robbers,pls dont dare them,find a way of escaping,your lives are more better than Nigeria.tell Mr President say na me Rotdunna talk am.
The history of Nigeria since independence is the story of a struggle to fulfil our great promise. The discovery of oil in our country in the late 1950s offered new hope of prosperity but we have not always been able to reap the benefits in a fair and equitable way. 14. The situation was not helped by political instability and the frequent suspension of democracy by military coups. During the civil war, the very existence of our country was cast into doubt but through it all, the promise of a Nigeria that is united, free and strong remained in our people's hearts. 15. Thanks to the efforts of our statesmen and women, and millions of ordinary Nigerians, the union endured and flourished. I would like to specifically commend members of the Armed Forces for their contributions and sacrifices to keep Nigeria one. 16. General Yakubu Gowon had the wisdom and grace to declare that the civil war had seen "no victor, no vanquished" and welcomed, "the dawn of national reconciliation". 17. It was in this spirit that G ...
New firm takes over Peugeot in Nigeria Nigeria has formally handed over a 54.87 stake it held with France in Peugeot Automobile of Nigeria (PAN) to the firm's new core investor, under a privatisation programme, an official said. . Nigeria divested 24.87 percent of its equity in the ailing PAN while the French government also conceded to shed 30 percent interest in the company, which was turned over to ASD Motors Nigeria. . Officials of the state-run Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), the nation's privatisation agency, carried out the handover Thursday in the northern city of Kaduna, BPE spokesman Joe Anichebe, who witnessed the ceremony, told AFP. . The BPE concluded the privatisation of PAN last October when ASD Motors Nigeria emerged as the core investor after a financial bid with an offer of 31.2 million dollars (24.1 million euros). . PAN, established in Nigeria in October 1969, was incorporated in December 1972 as a limited liability company. . PAN's assembly plant, located in Kaduna, was officially ...
“chicken wen dem select comot from cage, nor mean say he don get liberty..” - General Yakubu Gowon.
Centenary Award: Northern Govs Say Past Nigerian Leaders Were Selfless Abu Nmodu — February 28, 2014 The Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF) has stated that Nigerian past leaders have been selfless and proactive to have taken the nation to its present height where it is able to celebrate its centenary. Paying tribute to past Nigerian heads of state and presidents receiving awards as outstanding promoters of unity, democracy and national development from President Goodluck Jonathan, the forum said the past leaders were “true sons of the nation’s founding fathers.” Chairman of the forum and governor of Niger State, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu said in a statement by his chief press secretary, Danladi Ndayebo yesterday in Minna, that from General Yakubu Gowon through General Ibrahim Babangida to General Abdulsalami Abubakar and ex- President Umaru Yar’Adua, the former leaders impacted positively on their chosen professions.
"THE BEST WAY TO CATCH A BIGRAT LIVE AND DIRECT IS TO LOOK FOR IS ESCAPE ROUTES AROUND AND BLOCK IT BEFORE YOU STARTS DIGGING" if you are given your enemies food on the battle field it means that you are still given him more weapon and more power to fight you back but if you starve them mercilessly they will have no option than to forcefully become your friend by surrendered all their arms or face operation sweep completely. By Obafemi Awolowo to general Yakubu Gowon in late 60s. noni o
After the 28 July, 1966 coup, General Yakubu Gowon became Head of state
General Yakubu Gowon declared that the civil war had seen "No Victor, Nor vanquished"
In January 1966, General Yakubu Gowon became Nigeria's youngest military chief of staff at the age of 32.
| It was part of North-Eastern State following the establishment of 12 federal states by General Yakubu Gowon.
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Nigeria Is Set To Beg The World For Funds At Centenary Celebration | Greenbarge Reporters - Nigeria will, Tuesday next week, February 25, launch an appeal fund to raise money from no fewer than 28 World Leaders that have indicated their desire to attend the nation's centenary celebration. Already, former military Head of state, General Yakubu Gowon has been appointed as chairman, Board of Trustees to manage the fund that will be raised at a dinner in Lagos. Briefing newsmen today shortly after the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, minister of information, Labaran Maku said that the fund would be canvassed at what he called "Fund Raising Ball," to kick start the activities for the centenary celebrations.
FROM THE ARCHIVES Most Nigerians get very emotive when the issue of state creation is discussed, and I understand the reason for this. This is mostly common among minority ethnic groups who feel marginalized because they see state creation as a way of addressing the inequality and injustice in the system. Whilst this may be true, I do not think it will provide a lasting solution to the inherent problems in our federal structure. I consider the “pseudo-federalism” to be the major cause of the marginalization of ethnic minorities. But as the agitation for state creation continues to gather pace, there are important questions which remain unanswered. First it was General Yakubu Gowon who on May 30, 1967 announced the creation of 12 states from the then four regions in a bid to frustrate Chief Odumegwu Ojukwu's efforts to reap the benefits of his declaration of the Republic of Biafra three days earlier (May 27, 1967). General Murtala Mohammed who succeeded Gowon in 1976 created additional seven states, br ...
A counter coup was staged on july 29,1996 and Aguiyi Ironsi was toppled and killed and Lt.Colonel Yakubu Gowon took over the political leadership of the country.General Yakubu Gowon spent mine years in office and was removed by Brigadier Murtala Mohammed.Also,after spending 200 days in office,Murtala Mohammed was assassinated in an abortive coup led by Lt.Colonel Dimka on february 13,1976.General Olusegun Obasanjo,the next in command to Murtala Mohammed,become the Head of State. It was at this time that the military kept to its promise of handing over power to a democratically elected civilian government(1979-83Second Republic).However the civilian government was going for the second term in office(1979-83),When Major -General Mohammed Buhari through a military coup sacked the democratically elected government.Major-General Ibrahim Babangida removed Buhari on August 27,1985,through what was described as 'palace coup' and subsequently made himself the president of Nigeria,abandoning the title of the head o ...
THROUGHOUT HISTORY REFORMERS, TRANSFORMERS, PROPHETS AND SAINTS LIKE President Jonathan HAVE ALWAYS BEING PERSECUTED THROUGHOUT history, we have recorded accounts of the persecution of reformers, transformers, prophets and saints. Back home in Nigeria, we have had our fair share of leadership interlopers who came in the garb of military rulers lamenting the state of the nation’s affairs, and promising us Eldorado, but only to dash our hopes. In contrast, they became worse than the leaders they condemned. If we recall, late General Murtala Muhammed overthrew General Yakubu Gowon on allegations bothering on incompetence and lack of vision. Murtala himself was killed in a botched military putsch based on reasons best known to the coupists, one of which was high handedness. Eventually, we transited to a democratic order under Alhaji Shehu Shagari, but this was again short-lived as the military under the headship of General Muhammadu Buhari overthrew the democratically elected government on allegations of in ...
David Mark and the 11 Senators Category: REPORTS Published on Thursday, 13 February 2014 08:16 Written by Okoi Obono-Obla Senator David Mark has come a long way in the social and political firmament of Nigeria. When he was a Major in the Nigerian Army he was appointed the Chairman of the Abandoned Property Implementation Committee by the Federal Government of Nigeria under the leadership of The amiable General Yakubu Gowon the then head of state and commander in chief of Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 1974 I was barely eight years old. The mandate of the Abandoned Property Implementation to take inventory and then sell houses/property belonging to the Igbo people that they left behind when they fled the supposed non Igbo territories to the Biafran enclave after the Eastern Region broke away from Nigeria in 1967. The Abandoned Property Implementation Decree 1972 was a draconian, wicked and pernicious piece of legislation that infringed on the fundamental rights of the Igbo People. This ...
NYSC scheme was established by decree No 24 of may 22 1973 by head of state General Yakubu Gowon's. NYSC vision, to develop a scheme that is dynamic enough to meet new challenges nd become the leading light of youths organisation in Africa nd world @ large. The scheme as three cardinal point. Orientation course, place of primary assignment, community development service nd passing out program. 2morrow is our POP
General Obasanjo was Yakubu Gowon's Army chief who helped him defeat the Biafra attempted secession from 1967-1970.
Answer to my question Is .loading. n 1967 during the Nigerian Civil War, he was arrested by the Federal Government of General Yakubu Gowon and put in solitary confinement for two years. Soyinka . He was imprisoned for 22 months as civil war ensued between the federal ..
HERE THIS QUESTION Why Is Edwin Clark Scared Of Bola Tinubu? All in the *** quest for political relevance and more precisely to get his Ijaw-born brother, incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan, back to Aso Rock come 2015, Chief Edwin Clark has suddenly found his long-lost voice and turned himself into his paymaster’s megaphone. Ordinarily, one would not want to join issues with any Nigerian who has worthy contributions to make to elevate the level of national discourse. But when an elder citizen such as Clark starts employing tactless tirades, gutter snipe language to disparage and deconstruct great achievers in the political field, we have to remind him that even within the ambit of free expression there is a boundary of decency. Beyond that, right-thinking people do not over step. Similarly, when otherwise respected individuals resort to arm-twisting tactics, leaving the substance of the much sought after, (yet elusive) good governance to chasing the shadows of self-aggrandizement, inadvertently to .. ...
STRATEGIC GOVERNANCE Massacre in The Northern Nigeria Nigerians are gruesomely murdered in broad day light on a daily basis in the Northern part of Nigeria and the information is perfectly concealed from the public, especially the Igbos and the Christians. We are aware that the “No Victor No Vanquished” declaration at the end of Nigeria/Biafra War made by General Yakubu Gowon and the 3 “RS”, Reconciliation, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation agenda was just a fluke. Added to that, and to punish Ndigbo further was the “Conspiracy” to subject the entire Igboland and her people, “The Indigenous People of BIAFRA” to a total blackout in terms of every infrastructure, appointments and human development since the end of the Nigeria/Biafra War. We reminded of these humiliations by the recalcitrant anarchists on a daily basis. Ndigbo, have realized these things and have played along, being so loyal in their approach to be reintegrated, which Ojukwu tried, Okadigbo tried, Ekwueme tried, Nwobodo tried ...
I never knew that Alhaji Shehu Shagari, the first Executive President of Nigeria is still a very strong man.Recall that he disappeared from public view after he was unceremoniously booted out of office by the Nigerian military in 1983.Since then he has been enjoying his anonymity until he surfaced at a council of state meeting few days ago in Abuja,alongside Yakubu Gowon-the army General who rained bombs like confetti on Eastern Nigeria during the Nigeria civil war.Nature has been very lenient on the duo(Shagari and Gowon) because they still retain this air of youthful exuberance even when they're octogenarians.I'll continue to wish His Excellency Alhaji shagari, many more years on this planet.As for His Excellency General Yakubu Gowon,history has indeed vindicated the just:the ordinary Eastern Nigerian has forgiven him for the campaign of terror he visited on Eastern Nigeria between 1967 and 1970.We have bounced back with all alacrity after those years of pestilence;may the good Lord add many more years ...
Quite frankly I am not sure there is a country called Nigeria. And I believe, based on what I know and what I have seen in my 70 years of living in the land space where over 250 nationalities cohabit, that there is really not a country. Many of the nationalities that occupy this space as well as their constituents merely pay lip service to the expression Nigeria when it suits them to do so. I would not know what happened in 1914. Bless my mother and my father, 1914 was just two and three years older than both, and in their growing up years, the amalgamated territories were mere toddlers. While the so-called space, Nigeria, was yet to take form, peoples of the territories were trading beautifully, travelling across the land space unhindered and without fear of notorious armed robbers, kidnappers and ritual killers. The Yoruba man was a Yoruba man. An Igbo was Igbo. It was the same with Izons, erronouosly called Ijaws, Ibibios, Efiks, Fulanis, Shuwa Arabs and Tivs. Hausas kept their identity and acted and b ...
Gowon, Shagari, IBB, Abdulsalami attend Council of State meeting *Council endorses National Confab THE National Council of State has unanimously endorsed the forthcoming national conference, particularly the proviso that precluded discussion on any matter that may compromise the unity of the country. The meeting, presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan in State House, Abuja, on Tuesday, also stressed the need for all stakeholders to fully participate in the conference. According to Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State, who spoke with State House correspondents after the meeting, the council similarly deliberated on the state of insecurity in the country and new ways to address the situation, while it cautioned politicians on unguarded statements capable of causing public disorder. Another matter that he said engaged the attention of the council was the forthcoming centenary celebration, as well as a list of names of new chairman and members of the National Population Commission (NPC) presented by t ...
REMEMBERING Chief Obafemi Awolowo: The most prominent 20th century Nigerian politician. He was a leader, politician, economist, lawyer, and friend of the poor. Married Hannah Idowu Dideolu in 1937 blessed with two sons (Olusẹgun died in 1963; Ayọdele [daughter] died in 2011; Oluwole died in 2013) and three daughters. To the Yorubas, he was the second Oduduwa- the modernizer. When in London in mid forties, Chief Awolọwọ with other Yorubas formed Ẹgbẹ Ọmọ Odu’a which metamorphosed into a political party-the Action Group (AG). He became leader of Government business in 1951, and in 1954, he became the first premier. His government was a trail blazer-he introduced free and compulsory primary education in 1955, established farm settlement throughout Western Region, reformed the civil service, built the first Olympic size-stadium, his government established the first Television station in Africa (in Ibadan, 1959). Above all, established one of the African leading light-University of Ifẹ (n . ...
The Genesis of Nigeria Problem by Onlytruth (m): 9:14pm On Jul 18, 2011 Written by Oscar Onwudiwe Esq. Sunday, 17 July 2011 20:33 “Federal Nigeria has never since her independence shown the distinctive mark of a united nation. It has been impossible for her to silence tribal rivalries –to achieve that mixture of ethnic /cultural blend required to forge National Unity” ---Francois Duvalier, then President of Haiti, March 22, 1969. The above quotation is a time honoured statement that aptly describes Nigeria since 1947 till date. If it is from the hearts over-flow that the mouth speaks, I invite the reader to listen to the words of “Our hero’s past” whose labours (we sing), shall never be in vain. In 1952, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa addressed the Northern House of Assembly thus “The Southern people who are swamping into this region daily in such large numbers are really intruders; we don’t want them and they are not welcome here in the North. Since 1914, the British Government has been tryin ...
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Chief Jeremiah Obafemi Awolowo was a Nationalist, not a tribalist. He resigned as Premier of the Western Region in order to participate in government at the centre. He supported General Yakubu Gowon's vision of 'One Nigeria, United in Diversity'. He was a Federal Minister/Commissioner. He hated hypocrisy with passion, and it is with an unwavering assurance that I make bold to say that were he alive today, he will not be found in the party or company of hypocrites and enemies of nationalism. Dele Okenla (Ijebu-Ode)
FLASHBACK TO 1976: CREATION OF IMO STATE AND DEVELOPMENTS THEREFROM BY M A C ODU It is now apposite to examine our trajectory as a people from evolution of Igbo states from the Creation of nineteen states in 1976 with a view to examining our defects and motivate corrective examination of our path to betterment. This effort aims at positioning our problems in human greed. When Imo State was created along with Anambra State as two states of the war theatre, both states emerged from East Central State, which was deliberately contracted to reduce Igbo influence on their neighbours to the south after the Biafra War. Imo and Anambra State were created by military fiat much in the same way as the balkanization of Africa in 1884. General Yakubu Gowon had lost his leadership of Nigeria to General Murtala Mohammed. Rivers State and Cross River States had been created to deflate Ndigbo before this time. There were bonds that held the Eastern Nigeria together from colonial Nigeria. Port Harcourt was one of the main c ...
Why Is A Referendum Not An Option For Nigeria? By Dr. Wumi Akintide A referendum if it were allowed would have been the way to go to determine if Nigeria is truly willing and ready to remain one country. The mere fact that Nigeria has already fought a costly and bitter civil war for 3 years from 1967 to 1970, and the mere fact that the same group that led the secession has still not given up the option 43 years after the war has to be seen as a proof that something is fundamentally wrong with the Nigerian union. We are just too much in denial to admit it. The Yorubas and the Hausa/Fulani and the minorities led by the Ijaws have threatened many times to secede. Once upon a time, General Yakubu Gowon as a compromise choice Head of State once proclaimed prior to Aburi Conference in Ghana that “there was really no basis for Nigeria unity.” He made the statement before the Biafran war broke out and he was prepared at that point to preside over the break-up of Nigeria. Although he later changed his mind and ...
NYC IT IS TIME TO MURTALIZED NIGERIA General Yakubu Gowon ruled the country at a time Nigeria experienced an unprecedented wealth from the oil boom of the 1970s. Apart from the mismanagement of the economy, the Gowon regime was enmeshed in deep-seated corruption. By 1974, reports of unaccountable wealth of Gowon’s military governors and other public office holders had become the crux of discussion in the various Nigerian dailies. Thus, in July 1975, the Gowon administration was toppled by General Murtala Mohammed through a coup d’état. The coup of 1975, among other things, was an attempt to end corruption in the public service. General Murtala Mohammed began by declaring his assets and asking all government officials to follow suit. He instituted a series of probes of past leaders. The Federal Assets Investigation Panel of 1975 found ten of the twelve state military governors in the Gowon regime guilty of corruption. The guilty persons were dismissed from the military services with ignominy. They wer ...
“FELLOW NIGERIANS” I was barley ten years old when I first heard this expression in a speech. It was during the speech of General Murtala Mohammed when he announced the overthrow of General Yakubu Gowon as Head of State of Nigeria in a military coup. Mohammed told us then and so have successive military and civilian governments in Nigeria that the state of our nation was overwhelmed with massive looting, corruption, indiscipline, unemployment, broken down and non-functional infrastructure. We have been told repeatedly that our hospitals have become mere consulting rooms. We are told and we see that while citizens suffer the burden of hopelessness, our leaders revel in squander mania and corrupt enrichment. Over these years, our nation has become a citizenry constantly raped by the leaders and often driven to scavenge for daily bread. Our leaders at all levels have become lords’ of the manor while citizens have largely become permanent proletariats always praying for their next paycheck or for a cust ...
fact of the week ! General Yakubu Gowon became a caterer in London after he had been over throwed in 1975. it was his member of cabinet that contributed 3,000pounds to him to start a new life. Through out his nine years in power, he neither build house in Nigeria or outside Nigeria. He later moved into his friend house in London. He only had 75,000 naira in his bank account. And when the new military govt tried to save them selves from disgrace about their former leader now a caterer, they try to help him, but the gentle general reaplied "thank you am okay wif the new chapter of my life".. Can we ever have such a magnanimous leader again ?
Do u know that prof Billy Dudley had a major influence on d principal advisers to General Yakubu Gowon in 1967 recommending dat Nigeria should stay as one?
Re: THE HISTORY OF COUP D'ETAT IN NIGERIA-(flashback in time) = THE SECOND COUP IN NIGERIA On 29 July, 1966, six months after the first coup plot, three young military officers of Northern background led by Lieutenant Colonel Murtala Muhammed staged a counter coup to even the score. This led to the death of Major-General J.T.U. Aguyi-Ironsi, Head of State, Col. Francis Adekunle Fajuyi Military Governor, Western region and other military officers. General Yakubu Gowon was then sworn-in as the Military Head of State. THE THIRD COUP IN NIGERIA In July 1975, a group of Colonel sacked the government of General Yakubu Gowon in a bloodless coup. General Murtala Muhammed also masterminded this coup. In this coup, no live were lost. General Murtala Muhammed assumed power in July 1975.
YOUTHS THINK ABOUT THIS General Yakubu Gowon was about 29years of age when he took responsibility to lead the entire nation; so also King Alfred Diete-Spiff (born in 1942) was below 25years when responsibility as the first Governor of the River State on creation was entrusted on him forty-four years ago, King Alfred ruled for eight (8) good years and still bubbling till-date at the age of 71. General Muritala Ramat Muhammed assassinated as head of State at the age of 38years and the never-say-die longest serving (cumulatively) General/Chief/His Excellency Olusegun Obasanjo was also about 38years old at his first opportunity as Head of State. Before the age of 50 years, the late sage, Pa Obafemi Awolowo had already completed his land mark achievements that made him a sage, the best President Nigeria never had and of course the reference point as regard issues in Nigeria Politics even about 30 years after translating from mortality into immortality. Why are we so timid and afraid to take our future in our h ...
TIMES At the end of the Nigerian Civil War four years ago this week, the Ibo people of rebellious Biafra feared that defeat would bring genocidal vengeance from the victorious Nigerian Army. Instead, the Ibos are prospering as citizens of a federated Nigeria. The credit goes in large part to the young head of state, Major General Yakubu Gowon, who decreed a policy of "no victor and no vanquished" after the savage civil war that took at least 1,000,000 lives. "Jack" Gowon, 39, turned his 250,000-man army into a well-disciplined reconstruction corps and put it...
TIMES "If Northern soldiers set one foot in side Biafran soil, not a single inch of Nigerian territory will be safe from our attack." That was the vow of Biafra Secessionist Leader Odumegwu Ojukwu just before Nigeria's federal troops, led by Major General Yakubu Gowon, invaded Ojukwu's Eastern Region six weeks ago. Ojukwu was slow to make good his threat. But last week, having fought his attackers to a standstill, he was ready to take the offensive. In a swift twelve-hour drive, he captured the Federal Government's oil-rich Midwestern State (pop: 2,500,000) with impressive ease…
Nigeria: Obasanjo's Letter Ill Intended - Urhobo Youths Coalition of Urhobo Youth Organizations, CUYO, yesterday, flayed former President Olusegun Obasanjo's letter to President Goodluck Jonathan, describing same as uncalled for and ill intended. Speaking with newsmen shortly after a meeting of CUYO in Ughelli, Delta State, spokesman of the group, Mr. Stephen Ohwokirerhuo, said Obasanjo was supposed to emulate General Yakubu Gowon and play advisory role in the country, lamenting that the country did not fare any better when Obasanjo was President. Noting that President Jonathan deserved the support of all Nigerians considering the effective implementation of his transformation agenda, Ohwokirerhuo said the letters Obasanjo claimed to have written to "Shehu Shagari, Ibrahim Babanginda and Sani Abacha were not in this manner." He said: "Obasanjo's letter is capable of pitching ethnic groups against each other. The constitution of a country is greater than that of a political party and Nigerians have not tol ...
Former governor of defunct Mid-West and Bendel states, Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia, has described the proposed national dialogue as an indictment of the National Assembly, According to him, the proposed national dialogue was a sign that the National Assembly had failed the country, just as he attributed failure in governance to a situation of one person in position exercising powers of all. Speaking through his first son, Samuel Ogbemudia (jnr) at a one-day National Peace and Security Summit in Benin, organized by Edo Youths United for Democracy (EYUD), he noted that the aspect of governance was critical "because you cannot have one man doing everything. "There must be checks and balances. If we don't have all the representatives at the central level, we will not be able to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people. There is need for independent judiciary and local government for development to get to the grassroots and to help prevent poverty which can breed insecurity. "Time has proved that those who co ...
Yakubu Gowon, Nigeria’s Mandela — January 2, 2014 In every country, there is certainly a Mandela. The question is only if there is the situation that will throw up a Mandela in any country. The case in South Africa was remarkably peculiar. There was apartheid, oppression of the black majority by the white minority coupled with the superiority claimed by the whites and denial of equal opportunities which the white minority imposed on the black with impunity. To fight for the freedom of his people Mandela rose up to the task. It cost him 27 odd years in distasteful and agonizing jail term. In the end of the struggle all parties concerned came together on a round table talk to agree that Mandela was justified in what he stood for. Why then did it take 27 years of wicked and hostile efforts in an attempt to break his will before he was understood? His success in achieving the objective is history from which the entire people of the world have learnt a most memorable lesson. In victory against a ...
TITLE: BIAFRA’S STRUGGLE FOR SURVIVAL. Paradoxically Captain Ejiofor, the Army Aide-de-Camp (ADC) to General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, in his book, ‘Biafra’s Struggle for Survival’ published in 2012 by CIDJAP Press of 1-3 Ikwuato Street, Uwani, Enugu argues that General Yakubu Gowon under whose leadership the counter coup d’état of July 1966 ensured that countless Nigerian soldiers and officers of Igbo extraction were hunted down as rabbits and mercilessly slaughtered in a well strategized and orchestrated pogrom should to be given credit for ending the war with the declaration of “no victors, no vanquished”. Even though, His Royal Highness, King, Christopher Chukwuemeka Ejiofor, the Biafran Army Captain was fully aware that the pogrom made sure that Igbo civilians including pregnant women and children domiciled in the Northern geopolitical zone of Nigeria were massacred in their droves, coupled with General Gowon’s blatant blockade of Biafran sea ports which nearly whipped off the rem ...
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Politics of the day: something has not happened in d history of nigeria past head of states. U will recall that general yakubu gowon at 32 becacame head of state and ruled for good 9yrs btw 1967-1975. He was later overthrown by Gen. Muritala. General Ibrahim Babangida ruled for 8yrs btw 1985 and1993, he was however had an ambition to stayed beyond 8yrs but he was shown d way out by the powerful . There came general sanni abacha, he ruled for 5yrs btw 1993-1998. Abacha plan was to remove uniform and become civilian president, if he had suceeded with the plan, he will be spending at least 13yrs on d thrown but d wise men gave him sweet apple , he died in active service. What a pity. In 1999, one of the powerful became civilian president(Obj) and after completing his costitutional ternor of 8yrs, he Obasanjo bids for 3rd term in office. As powerful as he is, his bid was thrown out by National Assembly. If OBJ plan had work he must have ruled for eleven yrs. By 2015 President Jonathan must have ruled for 6yr ...
1966. Late Doctor Nnamdi Azikiwe ruled as president on 1st october 1960 to 15th january 1966. Major General Aguiyi Ironsi ruled as head of states on 15th january 1966 to 29th July 1966. General Yakubu Gowon ruled as head state on 29th July 1966 to 1975.
New Year RESOLUTIONS AND NIGERIA’S BURDEN I tired of New Year resolutions a while back. But in the year Nelson Mandela died I did not necessary see the lord but I saw my country’s nakedness again. I thought then of some appeal to rethink how we act so we may reclaim respect. But it was not going to be in the call for a New Year resolution. But with the New Year barely three days to go I got an unsolicited email from an engineer and citizen I had never met; I felt a little like a certain prophet felt in the year King Ussiah died. Issiah’s troubles were getting infectious. Then I thought I should urge a New Year resolution of the Nigerian elite, myself included. The email included a link to a piece written a month ago by Dr. Hakeem Baba- Ahmed in which he recalled a meeting with Mandela at which Mandela expressed anger at Nigerian leaders for letting down the expectations of the world, of a nation whose size and historic place burdens it with the essential dignity of a race. Mandela had lamented tha . ...
VIEWPOINT in VANGUARD OBJ’s love-hate letter: An unpresidential tone and fury VANGUARD December 31, 2013 at 11:05 am By WILLIAM BOZIMO - OBJ may have come out openly to disagree with his godson, Jonathan but for crying out loud, on what platform is OBJ drawing his strength to dictate to a sitting President on how to run his tenure? .. this time around, he cannot justifiably and clandestinely work so assiduously with opposition parties to pull down the edifice he had installed in 2011. - I FIND it extremely sad to run a Commentary on two presidential pals: one, a former ‘godfather’, Olusegun Obasanjo, OBJ and the other, President Goodluck Jonathan, the beneficiary of OBJ’s political support in the past. An 18-page letter by OBJ chronicling some ALLEDGED misdeeds by the present regime sounded more like the kind of reasons offered by military adventurers in the past when they mounted the rostrum, shooting their way to power. But my fear after reading through the private-open letter had to do wit ...
General Yakubu Gowon and General T.Y Danjuma disagrees with General Olusegun Obasanjo on his letter-writing...
NIGERIA CENTENARY CHARITIES TRUST INAUGURATED His Excellency Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, GCON Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of Nigeria Centenary Celebration formally inaugurated the Board of Trustees of Nigeria Centenary Charities Trust at 11.00 am 17th of December, 2013. The Trustees Are: 1. His Excellency GENERAL YAKUBU GOWON RTD, GCFR. Born On 19th October 1934, Career Military Officer-Nigeria Army, Head of State 1966-1975,as a Civilian, General Gowon has worked for our Country as an Elder Statesman and informal adviser in challenging times. General Yakubu Gowon has through the Yakubu Gowon Centre worked successfully for the eradication of Guinea Worm in Nigeria, reversal of HIV/AIDS pandemic and Malaria. He is a strong advocate of National unity, Good Governance and Ethics. He is a devout Christian. HE IS CHAIRMAN BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF NCCT 2. CHIEF EMEKA ANYAOKU, GCVO, CON,CFR, Was Born 18th January 1933, A Graduate of University College Ibadan, Chief Emeka went on to a rema ...
Flash BACK • RESPONSE!!! Yoruba People Won The War Not The North - Fani-Kayode Blasts Northern Leaders Claim Over Civil War. It was the 98% Yoruba 3rd Marine Commando under Brig Gen Adekunle that Liberated the Southern minorities. the arrogance of Alhaji Faruk is sickening. the north begged Awolowo not to declare Oduduwa Republic. Controversial former minister of aviation and Obasanjo attack dog, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has hit out at a prominent Northern leader, Alhaji Usman Faruk, a former military governor of North-West State during the General Yakubu Gowon regime, who said recently at the Sultan Bello Mosque in Kaduna during Sheik Ahmad Gumi’s Ramadan sermon that Asari Dokubo needs to brush up on his history because the North essentially dominated the Yoruba people and conquered the people of the Niger Delta during the civil war and that "Awolowo attempted he failed talk less of one boy (meaning Asari)". Faruk who also claimed that the North had a population of 120 million compared to only 50 milli ...
LEADERSHIP Newspapers has announced the 2013 awards, the former head of state General Yakubu Gowon as its “Person of the Year 2013.
V*I*D*E*O! Must Watch video of Cross River State - Heritage of Nigeria Cross River State is a coastal state in South Eastern Nigeria, named after the Cross River, which passes through the state. Located in the Niger Delta, Cross River State occupies 20,156 square kilometers. It shares boundaries with Benue State to the north, Enugu and Abia States to the west, to the east by Cameroon Republic and to the south by Akwa-Ibom and the Atlantic Ocean. Cross River State was created on May 27, 1967 from the former Eastern Region, Nigeria by the General Yakubu Gowon regime. Its name was changed to Cross River State in the 1976 state creation exercise by the then General Murtala Mohammed regime from South Eastern State. The present day Akwa Ibom State was excised from it in the state creation exercise of September 1987 by the then regime of General Ibrahim Babangida. Its capital is Calabar. Its major towns are Akamkpa, Biase, Calabar South, Ikom, Obubra, Odukpani, Ogoja, Ugep, Obudu, Obanliku and Akpabuyo. The stat ...
Patriotic People of Northern Nigeria FROM: Soni Akoji The Conspiracy of the Generals: Do you know that General Olusegun Obasanjo's 18 pager missive was proof read by the trio of General Ibrahim Babangida, Abdulsallami Abubakar and T.Y. Danjuma before a final draft was sent to President Goodluck Jonathan in Aso Rock for his reading displeasure? According to a report in ThisDay Newspaper, the original draft by Ebora of Owu kingdom was more caustic and acerbic. It was General Babangida who pleaded with General Obasanjo to tone it down before a final submission was sent to Jonathan. Now the question is why was General Yakubu Gowon, Mohammadu Buhari, President Shehu Shagari and Chief Ernest Shonekon left out in the cold? Against the backdrop that the quartet of Obasanjo, Babangida, Abdulsallami and Danjuma are cut out of the same apron string, will it be wrong to speculate that there is more to the 18 pager "Letter bomb?" Me think that President Goodluck Jonathan is better advised to start counting his teeth w ...
General Yakubu Gowon preaching in one of the churches in calabar. That shud be fun.
Will the current Nigerian President Jonathan Goodluck and his former predecessors, such as, General Yakubu Gowon,...
NWABUEZE’S DISTORTIONS OF NIGERIA’S HISTORY (II) Category: Wednesday column Published on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 05:00 Written by Mohammed Haruna Hits: 2800 In the first part of this article last week, I tried to debunk Professor Ben Nwabueze’s thesis in his recent essay on the 1914 amalgamation of Northern and Southern Nigeria that the idea of a “Northern Nigeria” was a subterfuge by the country’s British overlords to keep it permanently divided and empower the North to replace the British as its permanent overlord after Independence. He gave six reasons for his position that the North is a creature that has no basis of unity in its sociology, culture, language and religion. I tried to show how each and every one of those reasons was banal and specious. I concluded the article by promising to show the reader this morning how the professor’s thesis was a hatchet job for President Goodluck Jonathan in his undeclared war to remain on his seat beyond 2015. In my rebuttal I showed how the le ...
MEMORIES OF OUR HEROES COL. U. J. ESUENE WITH GEN. YAKUBU GOWON ON A VISIT TO Kwara State IN 1973 Late Brig. Gen. U. J. Esuene (Oct. 17, 1936 - April 6, 1993) was first Nigerian Commanding Officer of the Nigerian Airforce base in Kaduna. Appointed by General Yakubu Gowon in 1967 as first Military Governor of then South Eastern State. He was the Attah of Ekid, decorated by Emperor Haile Selaessie as the Lion of Judah, appointed Most Venerable Order of Saint John of Jerusalem by Henry Duke of Glourester, was listed as Who is Who by Marquis Press Chicago, chronicled as Men of Achievements list by Melrose Press Limited of Cambridge, England, honoured by Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, etc. Esuene was also a presidential aspirant in the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the 1993 presidential election. Esuene was a man of honour and Ekid people are proud of his legacy which include The Polytechnic, Calabar; Esuene Stadium in Calabar; Champion Breweries; defunct Qua Steel; CALCEMCO; Flour Mills, Cultural Centre ...
To αℓℓ my political activist... A must read masterpiece from my mentor. Leadership, Politics, and Social Change: Nigeria and the Struggle for Survival By Victor *** Abstract To lead a multi-ethnic society while remaining committed to democratic principles or norms is an uphill task. This is because incorporating several ethnic groups into a single political system means bringing together the basic problem of ethnic conflict as well. Group loyalties dividing a multi-ethnic society can, and do undermine, a common identity, national culture, or consensus on democratic values. Nigeria is a nation of many ethnic and religious groups; and for this, governing the society is an enormous job. Given the presence of politically assertive ethnic groups, the stability and survival of the present democratic politics depends on how the leader controls the potential ethnic disputes that would result. Introduction Change is ubiquitous in any society, particularly in that which strives to fulfil human needs. And it t ...
Former Defence Minister General Theophilus Danjuma at the weekend addressed Garba Umar as the deputy governor of Taraba State (not acting governor). His reference sent a loud and clear message that he was not in support of the deputy governor’s alleged scheme to consolidate his hold on power. General Danjuma was at the palace of the Gara Donga, Danjuma Stephen Banyonga, where the Chamba people conferred on him the title of Gam Gbaro, which means war field marshal. While acknowledging dignitaries at the event, Danjuma said he acknowledged “the representative of the deputy governor of Taraba State.” There is a power struggle between Governor Danbaba Suntai and Umar, his deputy. Since the governor returned from his medical trip abroad, Umar has refused to revert to the position of deputy governor, alleging that “a cabal” was trying to hijack the machinery of government. Danjuma is also not in support of Umar, whose bid is allegedly to become the substantive governor. Relationship between the duo ha ...
Ex-Heads of States, General Mohammadu Buhari and General Yakubu Gowon attended the turbaning ceremony of General T.Y Danjuma in Donga LGA
ames Ajibola Idowu Adegoke Ige was born in Zaria, near Kaduna in Northern Nigeria on September 13, 1930. His parents were Yoruba natives of Esa-Oke town, in the old Oyo State (now in Osun State). Bola Ige left Kaduna and headed south to the Western region at the age of 14. He studied at Ibadan Grammar School (1943–48), and then at the University of Ibadan. From there, he went to the University College London where he graduated with a Law degree in 1959. He was called to the bar in London's Inner Temple in 1961. Bola Ige established Bola Ige & Co in 1961, and later became a Senior Advocate of Nigeria. He became well known in the country for his oratory prowess, as well as his advocacy work on civil rights and democracy. Uncommonly, Bola Ige spoke all the three major Nigerian languages, Yoruba, Ibo and Hausa fluently.[4] He wrote several books, and an anthology of articles and tributes about him was published shortly after his death. Early political career During the First Republic (1963-1966), at age 31 ...
the charismatic major patrick chukwuma kaduna nzeogwu. On july 29, 1967 was trapped in an ambush near nsukka while conducting a night reconnaissance operation against federal troops of the 21st battalion under captain mohammed inua wushishi. He was killed in action and his corpse was subsequently identified. In order to ''Speed Up The National Reconciliation Effort'' orders were given by major general yakubu gowon for him to be buried with full military honours at the military cemetery in kaduna. However, by the time the corpse arrived in kaduna, it had been mutilated by unknown persons and his eyes gouged out. A photograph of nzeogwu's corpse is available at the national archives in kaduna. One Nigeria???
Anthony Ukpabi Asika (28 June 1936—14 September 2004) was Administrator of East Central State, Nigeria during the military regime of General Yakubu Gowon, appointed when his predecessor, the Eastern Region governor Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, led the Biafran state into secession.[1]
FORMER Chief of Army Staff and Defence Minister, Retired General Theophilus Danjuma, is now the ‘Field Marshal’ of Africa, President Goodluck Jonathan and former Head of States, General Yakubu Gowon (Rtd.) said yesterday. Jonathan and Gowon spoke in Donga, Taraba State, where Danjuma was conferred with the traditional title of ‘Gam Gbaro’ Donga. A Gam Gbaro in Chamba language means a War Field Marshal. Jonathan and Gowon said Danjuma is not only a Field Marshal of Donga but also of Africa. “The civil war is now over, but TY Danjuma is a Field Marshal to deal with the war against poverty, social ills and health problems,” Gowon said. Gowon jocularly said that with the Field Marshal title, Danjuma has become his senior in rank. President Jonathan, who was represented by the Minister of State for the Niger Delta Affairs, Darius Dickson Ishaku, said Danjuma’s “valuable advice”, which has most times helped in steering the affairs of the country, makes him the Gam Gbaro of Africa. He said: “ ...
Did u know ? Nigeria,s general yakubu gowon in lome for Togo national liberation day commemorating d Army coup of january 13,1963, in which president sylvanus olympio was killed & d coup of january13,1967 which brought general Eyadema to power.
General yakubu gowon also visit danbaba yesteday and his wife victoria
He was granted amnesty by the federal regime of General Yakubu Gowon on the eve of the Nigerian Civil War in May 1967
Public Complaints Act Breach: ‘Two heads of govt agencies, three others for prosecution’ on November 10, 2013 / in Special Report 1:00 am / Comments By Johnbosco Agbakwuru The Public Complaints Commission was set up by the Federal Government to interface between individuals and organizationS in any area of disagreement. In this interview, Chief Obunike Ohaegbu, the FCT Commissioner of PCC, says about five organisations are facing prosecution. He also speaks on the efforts to decongest the FCT prisons. Excerpts: Recently, you visited Kuje Prisons in FCT. What is your impression and what efforts are you making to ensure that things are done right? I visited Kuje Prisons in January and discovered that the people there were more than the number that ordinarily should be there, and that something had to be done about that. So the first thing I did was to go to the then Chief Judge of FCT, I went with him to the prisons that point, he released 13 prisoners awaiting trial and then twenty something ...
Without wasting words, General Yakubu Gowon can aptly be described as one of the pillars of modern Nigeria. Though heavily criticised by sme critics for his role during the civil war, he still remains one of the resns Nigeria is still united country tody
Latest US joins war against Boko Haram, Ansaru on November 14, 2013 / in Headlines 12:01 am / Comments Boko Haram After years of diplomatic patchwork and foot-dragging, the United States, yesterday, formally declared war on Boko Haram, classifying the Nigerian-based Al Qaeda affiliate, a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). The declaration would make Washington mobilize resources and intelligence to combat the ninth deadliest terrorist group in the world. Read More → Kogi gov’s convoy kills ex-ASUU president, Iyayi on November 13, 2013 / in Headlines 12:23 am / Comments Prof. Iyayi The four month-long strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, yesterday took the life of a former president of the union, Professor Festus Iyayi of the University of Benin. Iyayi, who died in a car accident on his way to the National Executive Council meeting of the union in Kano. The NEC meeting was to decide whether to call off or continue the strike after ratifying the decisions of the 61 ...
YOUTHS OF NOWADAYS: REALLY THE LEADERS OF TOMORROW? Looking back at the age, 32yrs, at which General Yakubu Gowon became the head of the military government in Nigeria, as equally as the age, 34yrs, at which; after serving as the second in command (2ic) to General Olusegun Obasanjo, late General Shehu Musa Yar'adua retired from service; one will be wondering as to why the huge generational change in the leadership of this our great nation today. Not only that, Commissioner of Police (retired) Alhaji Usman Faruk was the first Military Governor, at the age of 32yrs, of North-Western state from 1967 to 1975. Alhaji Shehu Aliyu Shagari hold the positions of minister of Economic Development in 1960, minister of Internal Affairs in 1962 and minister of Works and Survey in 1965 at the ages of 35yrs, 37yrs and 40yrs respectively, and such examples are many and numerous at both the federal and state government levels of yesterday's. Going by what we have today, in terms of the age limit of those that are leading . ...
ANAMBRA GUBER ELECTION AND THE DECOY WITH ZONING By Law Mefor There are two forms of emotional blackmail unleashed on the people of Anambra State by a small clique of the ruling Party in the State, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). Their preoccupation of late is unilaterally initiating zoning of Anambra Governor’s Office as well as imposing Anambra North. The rather amorphous contraption is making a victim out of the Anambra North and presenting it as the only marginalized zone that is yet to produce the governor of Anambra state. The argument is irretrievably flawed on several grounds and an attempt needs to be made to make those who peddle the divisive campaign to regain patriotic perspective. To begin with, Anambra is a State that is home to over 4 million Nigerians; over 99% of them are of Igbo extraction and some of the most important black men that ever walked the surface of the earth. It is therefore a State where things ought to be done better. Yet, what obtains is a situation where a hand ...
The U.S. analysts said that "...Nigeria is still very much a tribal society..." where local and tribal alliances count more than "national attachment. General Yakubu Gowon, head of the Federal Military Government (FMG) is the accepted national leader and his popularity has grown since the end of the war. The FMG is neither very efficient nor dynamic, but the recent announcement that it intends to retain power for six more years has generated little opposition so far. The Nigerian Army, vastly expanded during the war, is both the main support to the FMG and the chief threat to it. The troops are poorly trained and disciplined and some of the officers are turning to conspiracies and plotting. We think Gowon will have great difficulty in staying in office through the period which he said is necessary before the turnover of power to civilians. His sudden removal would dim the prospects for Nigerian stability." "Nigeria's economy came through the war in better shape than expected." Problems exist with inflatio ...
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First period of military rule Main article: Nigerian Civil War On 15 January 1966 a group of army officers (the Young Majors) mostly south-eastern Igbos, overthrew the NPC-NNDP government and assassinated the prime minister and the premiers of the northern and western regions. However the bloody nature of the Young Majors coup caused another coup to be carried out by General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi. The Young Majors went into hiding. Major Emmanuel Ifeajuna fled to Kwami Nkrumah's Ghana where he was welcomed as a hero.[26] Some of the Young Majors were arrested and detained by the Ironsi government. Among the Igbo people of the Eastern Region, these detainees were heroes.[27] In the Northern Region, however, the Hausa and Fulani people demanded that the detainees be placed on trial for murder.[27] The federal military government that assumed power under General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi was unable to quiet ethnic tensions on issue or other issues. Additionally, the Ironsi government was unable to produce a cons ...
VISIT OF KHULAFA TO NIGERIA Ahmadiyya Jama’at Nigeria has consistently been recipients of the visits of khulafa'ul- Masih. This, among others, is a fulfillment of the prophecy “I shall convey thy message to the ends of the Earth which Allah, the Exalted vouchsafed to the Promised Messiah. With Huzurs’ visits, yet another prophecy Kings shall seek blessings from thy garment” became fulfilled. Successors to the Promised Messiah have visited Nigeria four different times – 1970, 1980, 1988 and 2004. Highlights of the visits are as follow: 1970 Hadhrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad, Third Successor to the Promised Messiah left Pakistan on April 4, 1970 for a historic visit to West Africa. Accordingly, he visited Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, The Gambia, Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone. Huzur came first to Nigeria, where he toured Lagos, Ibadan Ijebu Ode and Ilaro. The Huzur gave heart-moving lectures (which has been published as a pamphlet ‘A Message of Hope’), commissioned a number of projects as well as launched w ...
NYSC and the threat of insecurity: In 1973, the former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, in his desire to f...
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God took abacha and abiola away to save nigeria.General yakubu gowon
For the sake of the legendary respect the young have for adults in Africa, I'll refrain from attacking the logic of General Yakubu Gowon on the God factor in the deaths of Abacha and MKO Abiola. The old man missed it terribly. Shaking my head in perpetual silence.
Good morning friends. I have read through the article below here and I keep wondering timing this is happening in Nigeria. If there is any element of politicking in this, I will like to reserve my comments but if otherwise, then I guess the Igbos does not need the Silverbird to open the wounds of their past agonies. THEWILL: You have been very vocal lately in dismissing and trashing the then federal military government’s post-civil war efforts at the 3 Rs: Reconstruction, Reconciliation and Rehabilitation. What don’t you agree with? AKPABIO: As a young man, you definitely will not understand me. But I was a victim of the Civil War. I was one of those who suffered the pains of the war. I was born sometime in 1962; the civil war came really into our area in 1967. So, I was probably five or six years old during the war; and if I had been around nine years, I would probably have been conscripted. I saw parents throw their children into pit toilets because they did not want their positions to be made known ...
The then Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon attempted to explain that he tried everything to avoid the scenes that were being shown on the screen, that he did not want the war. The other person who could have answered him, unfortunately, that is Emeka Ojukwu, is dead. He said he tried everything to stop the war from breaking out but it’s only Ojukwu who could have answered whether he equally did his part in avoiding the war. AKPBIO, Don't scare us with dangers and distructions of war and its dissadvantages because we are already at war in Nigeria in a grand -style,war of starvation, hunger and killings every day while peopel like you are enjoying thereby praying for peace forgeting that with the present hardship & situation of the masses, war will even be better than your todays peace. AKPBIO Only Ojukwu that everyone of you now using his name to seek for political positions was aganist Ojukwu during his battle days, some of you went on exile and now no campaign without Ojukwu spirit lol. Well' Ojukwu ...
Jonathan Worried About Rivers Crisis as Gowon Calls for Peace 8 November, 2013 President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed his deep concern over the political crisis in Rivers State on November 7, 2013, Thursday. The President urged those behind the development to sheathe their swords in his speech addressed to a centenary symposium organised to mark 100th anniversary of Port Harcourt. He also said he was deeply pained by the crisis, which he blamed on rivalry among politicians. The President charged leaders in the state to take steps to resolve the crisis. Goodluck Jonathan was represented by his Special Adviser on Documentation and Strategy, Mr. Oronto Douglas. “Even as we celebrate, I have observed with pains that the struggle for political space in recent times is creating unnecessary tension in this city, which had served all of us well. I believe that this is not what Port Harcourt deserves. We can all as fathers, mothers and leaders, do more to intervene and help douse the fire of partisan differen ...
Governor Rotimi Amechi today in Portharcourt Rivers State during the centenary celebration symposium, in the spirit of reconciliation accepted a handshake with the President who was well represented by the special Adviser to the President on documentation and strategy Dr Oroton Douglas. Amechi said when he was asked by General yakubu Gowon to offer the handshake as a sign of peace, "I have great respect for you, I do not only regard you as a past President, I also regard you as an elder and I cannot refuse your request". Reacting to his differences with the President, Amechi said "I am a Catholic, the Catholic Church does not preach peace, the Church preaches social justice and i was told by my priest that if you watch oppression you will die but if you fight for social justice, peace will come. I have no problem with the President, i submit completely to the President but on behalf of Rivers State I ask for social justice and I assure you that peace will come".
Brigadier Benjamin Adekunle our unsong hero: The dead can't defend themselves because they could no longer speak. Joe Garba was General Yakubu Gowon's relative and close confidant, but he championed the cause of Brutus against Caesar. Gowon was aware of his plans. " I know about your coup, please don't make it bloody," Gowon later boarded his plane into a long exile. Not long ago, General Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo said he was not a coup plotter. If anyone believes that statement, they have no choice but to believe General Oladipo Kunya Diya planned no coup. When I was young and lived on Caulcrick Road Apapa, Lagos, General Obasanjo and General Bissala among others dined and wined with young ladies at Siemens Guest House on that street. In fact, I developed a taste for meals cooked with wine because the Chef who's from Calabar often make more than those folks could consume. No matter what anyone says General Olusegun Obasanjo remain a part of the Nigerian dilemma. I see no reason why Julius Berger or Siemens ...
The truth about NYSC Foundation Scam... THE recent scandal involving the management of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC and a private entity named NYSC Foundation has effectively confirmed that Nigeria’s biggest challenge is, perhaps, not corruption but barefaced impunity. According to a report in THISDAY newspapers of Sunday, October 20, 2013, the Foundation has since 2007 been making compulsory deductions of N500 per corps member under the pretext of contribution to a revolving loan scheme. When I read the headline of the investigative report: “Trouble Brews in NYSC over Deductions from Corps Members’ Allowee for Private Concern” my immediate reaction was that some dubious characters and corrupt officialdom were at it again; and, by the time I was done reading the expose, presented in a well-balanced reportage of the findings of the investigation, I was filled with indignation. I have always thought that impunity is the extreme of corruption, but in the circumstance, the action of these p ...
LAGOS—The face-off between striking university lecturers and the Federal Government entered a new phase, yesterday, as some lecturers took to the streets with both parties engaging in war of words. While the Federal Government accused members of ASUU of being heartless for the prolonged strike, the lecturers tackled President Goodluck Jonathan on his appeal to them to be patriotic enough and call off the strike. Taking their protest to the streets yesterday, some striking lecturers at Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU and Osun State University, UNIOSUN, staged rallies at Ile-Ife and Osogbo respectively, in bids to sensitise members of the public to the union’s demands from the Federal Government and implementation of agreements reached in 2009. DINNER: President Goodluck Jonathan (2nd left), flanked by South South Leader, Chief Edwin Clark (3rd left)and the PDP National Chairman Alhaji Bamanga Tukur; while former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (2r); Guest Speaker, Rev. Jesse Jackson and wife of the ...
21 gun salute to the General, Happy Birthday General Gowon! The history of Nigeria is incomplete without the name Gowon, he is simple and a unique leader. He is not just an elder statesman but the most senior retired official of Nigerian alive today. Let me take a cul from SAM NDA ISAIAH General Yakubu Gowon, head of state (1966-75) and the man who taught Nigerians humility and forgiveness, is 79 years old today, October 19th and I want to pay tribute to this exceptional man. General Gowon’s remarkable personal story is quite intriguing. If he had not happened on Nigeria on July 29, 1966, the story of this country would probably have taken a different trajectory. Though born in Plateau State, his parents moved very early in Gowon’s life to Wusasa, Zaria, as Christian missionaries. There, Gowon had both his primary education at St Bartholomew’s School and secondary school at Barewa College, Zaria. He was from a very poor home and joined the army in 1954 with the sole aim of escaping poverty. He reaso ...
THE ORIGIN, THE GENESIS, THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM REVEALED: On January 15, 1966, the country experienced it's first military coup. In that coup, plotted by five majors of the Nigerian Army, led by Major Chukwuma Kaduna Nzegwu, leading lights of the First Republic were killed. With the murder of Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa, the mantle fell on the Senate President, Chief Nwafor Orizu, who called on the Head of the Army, Major-General Johnson T. U. Aguiyi-Ironsi, to take over government. Before he could settle down to real business of governance, he was killed on July 26, 1966, and his government overthrown by a group of military officers from the North. This ofcourse was carried out in retaliation to the January upheaval. The plan of the second coup was a break-up of the country. However, they were dissuaded from the idea. After about 72 hours, in which the country floundered without a leader, the coupists named General Yakubu Gowon as the Head of State. The then governor of the Eastern Region, Col. Chukwue ...
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2015: Who says Nigeria cannot break? on august 25, 2013 at 9:22 am in nigeria today By Tonnie Iredia A few years back, the Americans were reported to have predicted that Nigeria may not survive a likely turmoil in 2015. The date obviously gives a political undertone to the problem considering that it coincides with when our next general elections are due. The significance of the prediction does not lie in the maker as those who perceive America as omniscience would want the nation to believe. After all, France and indeed some of our own prophets/soothsayers were reported to have also seen ‘visions’ which corroborated the alarm. The truth is that anyone who has followed the history of Nigerian elections can easily have such expectations. In the last one week however, some rather soothing remarks on the subject have been credited to our President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and 2 former Heads of State-General Yakubu Gowon and former President Ibrahim Babangida (IBB). To the positive views of these statesmen, ...
General Yakubu Gowon became head of state @ the age of 32 & he delivered, U.S president Obama @ 42 making effort but why Nigerian presindent curently @ 70 - 80yrs still scrumbly. Chairman @ 40yrs is problematic.Naija youth why aspire for thug leader?. Multi-office robbers have conqued all govt. sector. Is it wrong if i contest @ Gowon & Obama age ?.
Chief (Dr.) Solomon Daushep Lar (April 1933 – October 2013); Was born in Pongaa, Langtang, Plateau State in April 1933. His father was a farmer and his mother a pottery maker. He studied at the Sudan United Mission Primary School in Langtang, and then at the Gindiri Teachers College where he qualified to teach at the Primary School, Langtang. After two years he returned to Gindiri for the Senior Teachers Training Programme, earned his Higher Elementary Certificate and started to teach at the Senior Primary School level. He planned to become a clergyman. Lar was elected as a councilor to the Langtang Natives Authority in January 1959. On 12 December 1959 he was elected to the Federal Parliament on the platform of United Middle Belt Congress (UMBC). He was reelected in 1964, and from then until 15 January 1966, when General Yakubu Gowon took power in a coup, Lar was parliamentary secretary to Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. He was also a Junior Minister in the Federal Ministry of establishments.Aft ...
Why is it that Igbos are still blaming General Yakubu Gowon for the nig civil war in the pass till date? Is he the one that arm them to fight the FG & When to oversea with his family? Pls let that man be he is a good leader sofar in nig. To be sincere what is killing them till date is greediness & pride, i know its not easy for Igbos to admit this. Im sorry if it hurt u.
THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF NIGERIAN LEADERS 1. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa: One of the nigerian independent strugglers, one of forefathers of Nigeria, the fighter of developments and well being of his country, the first prime minister of Nigeria, a leader the led with example. 2. Gen. Agu Ironsi: the first coup plotter against the civilian regime in Nigeria, a biafran head of state that would have break Nigeria for the realisation of biafra but his dream was short and miscalculated. 3. General Yakubu Gowon: the youngest Nigerian leader,he hold the unity of Nigeria through civil war under his regime,he creat 12states later 19 states in Nigeria, during his regime the problem of Nigeria was not money but how to spent the money, OAU and ECOWAS came into existence during his time and he worked toward the unity of African states. 4. General. Murtala Ramat Muhammed: fearless leader with the shortest regime among nigerian leaders,an organised army administrative leader, a policy maker the exist even today in the corridor of ...
WHY SOLOMON LAR IS NEXT TO J.D. GOMWALK When on May 27, 1967 Plateau State was carved into Benue-Plateau by the General Yakubu Gowon-led military junta, it had its backlog of underdevelopment, inherited from the regional system which needed to be addressed. The pioneer governor of the new Benue-Plateau State was Commissioner of Police, Joseph Deshi Gomwalk (of blessed memory) who had a clear vision and a set of itinerary to set the baby state on a pedestal of growth by setting roadmap and standards that are yet to be measured up to 46 years later by his successors, despite increase in educational attainment and resources accruing to the state in allocations. J.D. Gomwalk laid the foundation of a viable and formidable Benue-Plateau which comprised of almost four states in the present day nomenclature, viz; Benue, Nasarawa, parts of Kogi and Taraba and the present day Plateau State. The circumstances that later claimed the life of the effervescent Gomwalk still remains a source of mourning in the state, as ...
9. In 1968, General Yakubu Gowon announced that the Nigerian currency (pound) would be changed
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Oh & btw General Yakubu Gowon made a speech at my church today..yes you care
Major General Yakubu Gowon and his Wife Victoria at Nairobi airport.Legend has it that this woman was a fashion icon
General Yakubu Gowon ruled Nigeria at the age of 29 from July 1966 until he was deposed in a coup by Murtala Mohammed in 1975
A former head of state, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd.), has urged Christians in the country to be pro-active in building a better Nigeria.
General Yakubu Gowon was overthrown as military head of state on this day, 38 years ago. Happy overthrow anniversary.
officers in July 1966 under the leadership of Major-General Yakubu Gowon. The Nigerian Civil War. In ... 26/41
1967, Major-General Yakubu Gowon moved to split the four existing regions of Nigeria into 12 states. ... 27/41
Yakubu Gowon orders Federal troops to attack Biafra, thus starting a civil war that would last 30 …
Farewell to state creation, kudos to the Senate By Emmanuel Yawe At my last count, there were demands for 42 additional states before the National Assembly. If all these demands were granted today, Nigeria would end up with 78 states. It is doubtful if the agitators have ever read the constitutional provisions for state creation. If they have and are honest with themselves, they should have known that it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than a state to be created in Nigeria with the 1999 constitution in place. In any case, throughout the history of state creation, only one – the Mid West Region – was created since Nigeria became independent by politicians. All others – beginning with that of General Yakubu Gowon in 1966, that of General Murtala Mohammed in 1976; General Ibrahim Babangida -two times in the 80s and early 90s; and that of General Sani Abacha in 1996 – were through martial legislation. To the Brits who amalgamated the Southern and Northern protectorates in 191 ...
From Biafra to Boko Haram: Nigerians who are true and faithful to this geographical contraption will admit that from Biafra to Boko Haram, the same problem has lingered – injustice and inequality perpetrated by the Hausa-Fulani oligarchy who insist they are born to rule Nigeria. Biafra came about because Igbo dared to question this notion of born to rule. Igbo were massacred because of their self-believe, their audacity to question the Nigerian wrong; “to violate the code of silence to which all (other) Nigerians seem to abide.” But all the other tribes and regions teamed up to clobber Ndigbo, murdering them in their millions. The southwest especially led by Chief Obafemi Awolowo, did not only betray Ndigbo but as the finance minister and chief adviser to General Yakubu Gowon, recommended the use of hunger as the best weapon of war against Ndigbo. Biafra was thus blockaded and malnutrition and diseases ravaged Igbo children, women and the elderly and they perished in their thousands. But for the gr ...
Uba JF Obani: General Yakubu Gowon, the then military head of state at the advice of Awolowo invited the Fulanis to help fight and annihilate the Biafran side in Jos and today he is regretting that action because they (The Fulanis) are now claiming that they own the land in Jos and that is the main reason why peace has remained an illusion over there since after the civil war. The Nigerian Soldiers who did the evil of killing about two million Igbos are equally regretting it with their recent protest in Ibadan where they claimed that their pensions are not been paid by the Nigerian government and that they regrets fighting the Biafran war rather than joining hands with Ojukwu to achieve the struggle. Not also forgetting the ceding of Bakkasi Peninsula to Cameron by Gowon all been the handy work(at the advise) of Awolowo to blockade the Biafran side not to get food and other material supplies from the outside world.and all these led to the dispute between Nigeria and Cameron on the Bakkasi land which Obasa ...
WHY NIGERIA MUST LET BIAFRA BE NOW. uReport by Matthew Mbanaja At the 1967 Aburi conference, General Chukwu Emeka Oumegwu Ojukwu brilliantly secured the resource control and the confederal security of the then four zones that make up the fledging nation, General Yakubu Gowon on return from Aburi reneged on the accord. In the Nkpko Igbo pre-conference summit of April 1994, the Igbo intelligentsia created the present six geopolitical zones in Nigeria as presented to the 1995 Nigerian constitutional conference by the three wise men, Dr Alex Ekwueme,Chief Odumegwu Ojukwu and Dr Sam Onunaka Mbakwe on behalf of the Igbo nation to take care of the fears of the minority tribes as they now have their own political identities. This was the same Aburi accord repackaged with a new label. The North ensured that the six geopolitical zone arrangement never entered into the Nigerian constitution while insisting on the status quo of North and South. The North resorted to punishing Ekwueme at the 1993 Jos convention by ral ...
2013:45 years later., In the words of the Gov. Henry S Dickson of the Bayelsa state Government, , ”Adaka Boro ,formed the Niger Delta Volunteer Force, armed militia with members consisting only of his fellow Ijaw ethnic group. They declared the Niger Delta Republic on February 23, 1966 and battled BATTLED the FEDERAL FORCES for twelve days but were finally ROUTED by the far superior Federal firepower.Boro and his compatriots were JAILED for TREASON. ***General Yakubu Gowon granted him AMNESTY on the EVE of the Nigerian Civil War in May 1967. He then enlisted and was commissioned as a major in the Nigerian Army. ***He fought on the side of the Federal Government but was killed ,after successfully fighting for the Nigerian forces THINKING he was LIBERATING the Niger Delta from BIAFRAN FORCES FROM EASTERN NIGERIA" ***2013:45 years later, Gov. Dickson , still see this event , this way? This is troubling. A dangerous mindset!
A slm Zik, Sardauna and Awolowo looting "Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo had voiced that the Nigeria he saw was a mere geograaphical expression, while General Yakubu Gowon has stood behind apersonal conviction that keeping Nigeria One is atask that t
Forty three years after the Civil War, the Americans have released their dossiers—21,000 pages of diplomatic dispatches by agents of the United States government. We’ve combed through them all to reveal the Biafra story, the way never done before. Read about the accounts of prominent individuals like Chief Richard Akinjide, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu himself, General Olusegun Obasanjo and others on the war. Read Zik’s story on why Ojukwu hated him; why Akinjide said Ojukwu suffered from megalomania; the reasons Ojukwu gave for killing Victor Banjo and others. Read about the role of a Catholic reverend father, Kevin Doheny, Ojukwu’s intelligence director. Read why former head of state, then Lt. Col. Murtala Mohammed, wrote a letter to General Yakubu Gowon, saying: “One wonders at times: why fight to keep Nigeria as one country if two and half million people in a state of the country cannot live together happily…?”
When you are surrounded by vultures, don't try to die... General Yakubu Gowon.
I've Done Well, Says Jonathan President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, gave a robust defence of his administration's performance at mid-term and dismissed public and media assessment of his ministers, saying the criticisms were mostly bereft of objectivity. President Jonathan spoke at the public presentation of the administration's mid-term report in Abuja during which administration officials rolled out positive financial indicators which among others was that Nigeria has become the highest investment destination in the continent. The presentation was graced by former Nigerian leaders, including former President Shehu Shagari, General Yakubu Gowon, Chief Ernest Shonekan, former Chief of General Staff, Gen. Oladipo Diya; one-time United States presidential candidate, Jesse Jackson among others. Also present at the event were the Senate President, Sen. David Mark; Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha and the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloma Mukhtar. Jackson, speaking at the ...
Sex life in 9ja wrote: LADIES, which of these Former and Current Heads of State is your boyfriends or which of them do you wish to have:: 1) General Yakubu Gowon: Will protect his girlfriend with his Life. Honest and Very caring. He is strict and don't take nonsense. He loves sex and welcome new sex styles. He smiles when ejaculating. 2) Alhaji Shehu Shagari: Honest, humble and doesnt monitor your movements. He...
I do not agree to the saying that, "the worst civilian government is better than the best military administration. " It is a deceptive gimmick use to fool unsuspecting electorates. Let be honest with ourselves, since the emergence of the fourth republic has the masses fair better under the nascent democracy. Can we compare the administrations of General Yakubu Gowon, Gen. Murtala Muhammad, Gen. Muhammad Buhari/Tunde Idiagbon with the wasteful twelve years in the wilderness. Even Gen. Abacha regime fair better compare to this democracy. We should stop blaming the present administration for the numerous national issues we are battling with. Before we lash at GEJ we should remember that he met many of these mess on ground, therefore, we should blame him much even though he is performing below our expectations.
29th JULY,1966:General Aguiyi-Ironsi was killed in a coup and General Yakubu Gowon became the Head of state.
General Yakubu Gowon, ever so cocksure following his victory, proclaimed to the entire planet that Nigeria had more money than it knew what to do with it..TWAC
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If General Yakubu Gowon apologised,he did it in his own capacity for me I have no apology. MAJOR GENERAL IBRAHIM HARUNA
It is now obvious that Nigerian Governors Forum has fallen and divided into two opposing camps. I am not certain if agenda 2015 will be able to allow them reconcile to support the efforts to govern the nation. Since they Governors were not elected to govern their states on the platform of NGF, I think it is time they focus on prodiving the required services which they got the mandate to do in their states. As the fighting among the Governors will continue, there is the need for an intervention for the creation of a platform for dialogue of governors on both sides beyond the present debate of governors and in this way reconciliation may be possible in the future. If this fails, then a new realm of Governorship may be needed and I think that the idea of Governor Generals may have to be introduced, with 3 states coming together under a Governor General leading to 12 new Governor Generals in the nation as we had 12 Governors in the Yakubu Gowon era. The confusion in civil rule may delay such considerations th ...
by an act of Parliament. There ensued a national crisis, originating from Western Nigeria. It was this crisis that led to a military coup d'etat of 1966. The escalation of the crisis clearly presaged a civil war between the military establishment of the Federal Government, under General Yakubu Gowon, and a rebellious Igbo insurgency led by Lieutenant-Colonel Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu. In preparation for that eventuality, the Federal Government created a total of twelve states out of the original four regions (East, West, Midwest, and North). At the time of General Gowon's overthrow by the team of Murtala Muhammed and General Olusegun Obasanjo in 1975, Nigeria had twelve states that survived the end of the civil war in 1970. But the new team embarked on further state creation. They and their successors, by military fiat, created twenty-four more states between 1976 and 1991, for a current total of thirty-six federal states.
A LETTER TO MUHAMMADU BUHARI Your Excellency, I am a Nigerian from the South. I have carefully studied the trend of events in Nigeria and have chosen to write you this personal letter. General Sir, there is a school of thought that the present Nigerian democracy wants to operate without the interference of any ex-military personnel at the helm of affairs. Secondly, Sir, Nigerians believe that the NORTH (as it were) has had its fare share of rulers of our great nation. Without meaning to sound racial and hypocritical, Your Excellency, I agree with these schools of thought, then again I refrain from being a bigot and a transvestite. To say the least Sir, your rule transcends all regimes Nigeria has had in discipline and integrity except for the pre- and post-war regime of General Yakubu Gowon. For this I say thank you. I will quickly cast my vote for a southern president but reason stands to judge me whether I just want a country torn apart on religious and ethnic lines or a country respected among the leag ...
Historical fact: on this day 31st may 1927, Okene Middle School later Abdul Aziz Attah Memorial College Okene in( 1972), my Alma Mater was established. 2: also on this day in 1967, General Yakubu Gowon rising from an emergency meeting of the supreme millitary council held in Dodan Barack lagos vow to crush Biafran rebellion
Initially I thought Gov Jonah Jang who has persistently proclaims to be a devoted and born again would not allow himself to be used as willing tool and rubber stamp in the hands of Gov akpabio and the presidency but to my utmost surprise and dismay,Baba Jang has no integrity and portrays himself in the same way and manner,Gen Obasanjo described General Yakubu Gowon as a hypocrite when he was among eminent Nigerians that took the Decision and endorsed the granting of presidential pardon to DSP Alamesiegh,knowing fully well that the authorities in United kingdom were seeking for him to be extradited to face prosecution on charges of money laundering.
General Yakubu Gowon was 32 when he became Nigeria's Head Of State
Who's knows anyone that would love to usher an event hosted by H.E General Yakubu Gowon. Pls get at me now.
Achebe was a prophet. Every great writer is a prophet. He knew what was going to be the reception for There Was a Country. And it was his last jab at the nation we call Nigeria. He anticipated all the main responses. I don’t know how General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) could have thought that he could successfully keep his tight lid on the smouldering injustice of the near-extermination of an entire tribe (I use the word tribe here because it better describes the fact that the whole war was hate-induced). Why did no one stop the massacres of the Igbo citizenry in the North in 1966? Why? The extermination of the entire male population resident in the Mid-West by the time the Federal troupes seized the place cannot be forgotten so soon by people from that part of the country. We have done denial for 43 years and now the new generation is asking questions. What will heal Nigeria is the truth and some mutual apologies to bereaved families for those massacres, including statesmen murdered in cold blood in the coups ( ...
Akin Etin- Ojehomon Sr When I see Nigerian Children sitting in Skeleton Classrooms consisting of mud floors, No desks, no black boards, no windows, no exercise books and so much discomfort. I have to ask who are these monsters who lead our local governments, State Governments, and Federal Government. How is it possible that our oil rich Country, and our so called thriving economy can neglect the health, welfare and education of Nigeria's Children. How is it that a Man who claims he had no shoes walking to school does not have the interest of the Nigerian child at heart. How quickly they forget where they came from and how they suffered as Children. How is it an entire Nation can turn a blind eye on the Children of Nigeria. Let me thank, General Yakubu Gowon, Let me thank Brigadier Osaigbovo Ogbemudia for allowing the children of my Era enjoy some measure of Comfort in our schools. Olusegun Obasanjo I hold you responsible for this degradation of our Nigerian Children, I hold you responsible for the sad sta ...
PERSONALITY OF THE WEEK (PT 2) CHIEF DAVID OMUEYA DAFINONE D.O.D excellent work na to dey audit, taxation, accounting and management consultancy. 1n 1967, General Yakubu Gowon come appoint am into a three man commission wen go investigate the assets of public officers in the then Mid- West State of Nigeria. He work for several months 4 the commission, but at the end of the day e come go make independent, minority recommendations because he see say some aspects of the initial report nor dey agreeable with he own personal convictions. In 1969, Gowon Administration again appoint Dafinone as a Commissioner under the Ports Amendment Decree of 1969 to serve as the Federal Government Arbitrator with Justice Fatiyi Williams as Chairman to take over the Port of Warri and Calabar from the United African Company Limited (UAC). From 1964 to 1970, he sitdon for various Commissions as Administrator and member for the Apapa Road Project tribunal together with Justice Adefarasin as Chairman. In 1971, dem appoint am as So ...
Muhammadu Buhari, former Head of State General asked for President Goodluck Jonathan’s resignation for his inability to deal with the country’s security issues.
Going by the composition of the Middle-Belt Region, it has produced five (5) out of the eight Northern leaders who have exercised executive power as Prime-Minister and Head of State in Nigeria. Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa hails from present Bauchi State, General Yakubu Gowon hails from present Plateau State, General Ibrahim Babangida and General Abubakar each hails from present Niger State and General Sani Abacha who hails from present Yobe State. No one among them ever supported or endorsed the Middle-Belt as a geo-political region in Nigeria, which means it is not reality but a political calculations!
As Hafiz Ringim relocates to UK Finally the British government has decided to grant former Inspector General of Police Alhaji Hafiz Ringim asylum in the United Kingdom. Ringim made the right decision to run away from his fatherland Nigeria. A former Police IG with his past record will not find a safe haven in Nigeria after his security details have been withdrawn by government after leaving office as IG. Alhaji Ringim is wanted by Boko Haram for some of the perceived offences the police committed on the sect under his watch. For Ringim, his life has earlier being attempted through suicide bombing in one of the most audacious attacks made by Boko Haram. They braved all odds to attack the Police Head Quarters in Abuja. Let me say here that IG Ringim must consider himself a very lucky man. He was the second man in his rank to be eased out of office by government, the first being Alhaji Tafa Balogun. President Jonathan has good table manners unlike Obasanjo for asking Ringim to resign, in actual fact he co .. ...
Federal Commissioner for Works and Housing in the General Yakubu Gowon regime, 1966-1975, Alhaji Lateef Olufemi Okunnu, SAN, 80, remains a major name in the building of modern Nigeria. He oversaw the programme for the change-over of traffic from left to right-hand which started in 1969 but became...
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Retired General opens up: ‘IBB messed us up’ From TUNDE RAHEEM, Akure Wednesday, December 16, 2009 General Olufemi Olutoye was compulsorily retired in 1977 by the Olusegun Obansanjo military government. Since then, the general has been living a private life. Olutoye in an interview with Daily Sun speaks on many national issues. Ibrahim Babangida Excerpts: When did you retire from the Army? As a result of the coup that ousted Gen. Yakubu Gowon, many of my senior rank officers were retired, but I wasn’t. I was left as the most senior major-general, I wanted to go, but the late Gen Murtala Muhammed and others refused, they said the boys would not understand. They made me a federal commissioner in Mohammed’s regime. It remained one year for me to go, but unfortunately, Muhammed was killed so I had to stay. But it took the glory of God before I was eased out by Obasanjo in 1977. Did you participate in any coup? No, I did not participate in any coup during my years in military service. Why? Because I di ...
To keep Nigeria one, is a task must be done. These were the slogans by the then military government of Nigeria anchored by Dr/General Yakubu Gowon ,a Northerner. The tune has changed to destroy and disintegrate Nigeria , it is a task must be done by the northerners. How do we easily forgets those days with the reference tunes. It is unfortunate the northern elites and serving northern elements in the government has decided to end Nigeria as we know it, under the cover of dreaded bako haram.Fact, a southern is the president of the country, o well Isreal, lets destroy it.
MOTHERLAND NIGERIA Before 1914, before there was ever a country called "Nigeria", the people in what is known as "Nigeria" consisted of 4 different 'empires', some of them extending into parts that are not part of current-day Nigeria, like parts of current-day Ghana, and current-day Cameroon. THE NORTHERN EMPIRE was composed of the Borno empire, some Hausa states (Zazzau, Gobir, Kano, Katsina, Birori, Daura) and some other groups (Gwari, Kebbi, Nupe, Yelwa...) THE CALABAR KINGDOM is the oldest kingdom, and had the oldest contact with the Europeans. It is believed to have been founded around 1000 A.D., and has the oldest chuch built in Nigeria dating back to 1850. The belief is that this kingdom was founded by twins, and it stretched into parts of current-day Cameroon. THE ODUDUWA EMPIRE consisted of two main groups. One of them was the indigenous people, whose central religious and cultural center was Ile-Ife, who now make up the Yoruba people. The other group were the Berbels, who eventually formed the H ...
President John Mahama on Friday held discussions with former Nigerian Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (Rtd.) and Professor Jeffrey Sachs of the Earth Institute. General Gowon is in Accra to take part in the meetings of the 12th Ministerial Committee of the Inter-Governmental Action Group Against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA). Accompanying him were official of GIABA and the Director General of Ghana's Financial Intelligence Centre. The discussions centred on fighting the menace of anti money laundering in the subregion. Professor Sachs was joined in the meeting by Minister for Health, Sherry Ayittey, to update the President on the various initiatives and projects he is involved in, including the Millennium Villages Project.
General Yakubu Gowon has thrown his weight behind the presidential pardon granted to the former Gov. Deprieye Alameiseigha of Bayelsa State.
General Yakubu Gowon was a really strong and wise man ... PLUS not every feeling is worth revealing
General Yakubu Gowon was suspected of being the mastermind behind the abortive Dimka coup of 1976. The coup that killed Gen Murtala Muh'd.
DEFINING MORALITY IN NIGERIA: Last week, General Yakubu Gowon, the coordinator of Nigeria Prays and former mil...
'We are the dawn of national reconciliation. Once again, we have an opportunity to build a new nation.' - General Yakubu Gowon.
'This ends thirty months of a grim struggle. Thirty months of sacrifice and national agony.' - General Yakubu Gowon.
General Yakubu Gowon would be on campus today u have to be at the venue by 11:15 else u would not be allowed in *super excited*
General Yakubu Gowon is coming to AUN tomorrow *super excited*
Peace maker some say he is. I wish General Yakubu Gowon can just take a stand. I love TY Danjuma.
Why does General Yakubu Gowon support anything and everything a serving president does? Shows up everywhere. And nods.
Timawus Mathias wrote: I had waited for pictures of the Damaturu and Maiduguri visit of President Goodluck Jonathan to comment and I have not seen any yet. Do we need a country? President Goodluck Jonathan falls short of the man required for that office. A nation needs a President called to lead his groups in war. But to have failed to visit Boko Haram country (Borno Yobe Bauchi Kano Adamawa) as serving President is the greatest shame of a nation. Throughout the civil war, General Yakubu Gowon visited the war front severally. I was not a reporter then, but I led the Secondary School Radio Club, which was a band of boys that loved news and gathered at the Radio Television Kaduna News Hours. We were inspired to know that our Head of State also faced the battle and we celebrated the new recruits as they left of land to war. President Shehu Shagari was in Kano in the heat of the Maitatsine riots and I recall our coverage of a near miss with an actual hit at the convoy, and President Shagari trusted in the abi ...
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NIGERIAN LEADERS AS THEY COME AND GO DR. Nnamdi Azikiwe: Confused and selfish leader who forgot his people and thought of only himself. Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa: The tea drinking Prime minister with kola nut colored teeth. Teleguided by the sarduana Ahmadu Bello. Was just there watching and collecting his salary not knowing what to do. General Aguiyi Ironsi: The man who brought in unitary style of governance into Nigeria and started the nonsense called centralization. General Yakubu Gowon: the infant leader at his time who supervised the genocide in Nigeria and paid the udoji award, causing the first inflation to creep into the country. General Murtala Mohammed: cut at his prime by some monstrous military tigers. Started well. General Olusegun Obasanjo: Operation feed the nation and festac 77 was his way of looting then. Alhaji Shehu Shagari: Austerity measures and wanton corruption by his cabinet members was the other of the day. General Mohamadu Buhari: Marched all the corrupt politicians to jail, ...
Not often one gets to sit next to an ex Head of State of Nigeria ,General Yakubu Gowon. On a flight from Accra to Lagos. A gentleman to say the least.
Can you guys think quick on this for a second? General Yakubu Gowon was 27 when he was *** 27.
General Yakubu Gowon, live on AIT giving Chairman's Speech for Obafemi Awolowo Prize for Leadership Programme.
Political turmoil: The Kano riot due to the strained relationship between the northern and southern political leaders breaks out on May 1, 1953 lasting 4 days. History! Do you know that Southern Cameroon was an administrative part of Nigeria in 1945? Its people later opted for unification with the French Cameroon. African Journals: Do you know that the "Black Orpheus", an important literary journal was first published in 1957? Prof. Wole Soyinka was coeditor from 1960-64.Historical fact: The "Naira" was introduced on 1 January 1973, replacing the pound at a rate of 2 naira = 1 pound under General Yakubu Gowon's rule.
Professor Wole Soyinka: Wins Obafemi Awolowo Prize for Leadership A statement signed to that effect by the Executive Director of the Foundation, Dr. Olatokunbo Awolowo Dosunmu, said the foundation selected Prof. Soyinka for the award through a rigorous process by a panel of eminent Nigerians in December 2012. “The actual presentation which consists of a plaque, medal and certificate of award, will be made at a ceremony expected to draw a wide array of distinguished Nigerians,” the foundation said. The statement further said Professor Soyinka, winner of the 2012 Leadership prize, will deliver a lecture on the occasion. “A dance performance, musical celebration, goodwill messages, as well as a documentary on Chief Obafemi Awolowo and the foundation itself, set up in 1992 to preserve his intellectual legacy are decided features of the event,” the statement added, stressing that the documentary seeks to bring back memories of the political milestones achieved by the late sage. The statement said forme ...
1973. Naira and Kobo were introduced. Since then Nigeria failed to move forward in term of development. True or false. True. Within African countries today, there are countries who refused to change their currencies. What happens to them? Their economics remain strong. True or false. True. When Nigeria had pounds and shillings. What happens? Our economic was strong. We had qualitatives education. Decent hospitals. Constant electricity. Good roads. Railways industries were in operation. Nigeria Airways Limited was doing well. Unemployment was low. There was not IMF loans. Foods everywhere. Late Fela (Abami Eda) did not sing the song "suffering and smiling". There was Kingsway Store in Ibadan and Lagos. Our sons and daughters who went abroad to studies were happy to come back home. Armed robbers only operated at night. No kidnappers. Not in the history of our nation that General Yakubu Gowon built. The genesis of our trouble started when we changed our driving system from our right ...
WHAT do you make of former President Olusegun Obasanjo's post-power shenanigans? Do you still believe he is roaming from one end of the polity to the other because he is a "nationalist" and "loves Nigeria" more than others? Are you puzzled and asking the question: What does Obasanjo still want after ruling Nigeria twice and emerging as the longest serving president (eleven years seven months), having surpassed General Yakubu Gowon (nine years)? Or are you, like me, amused that his political skullduggery still manages to score, with some gullible Nigerians thinking he has the power to call the shots and fight the ills of this society when he is actually a major vector of those ills? I am sure you want me to start by explaining what I mean by Aminu's "curse"? By Aminu, I mean the Aminu we all know: Jibril Aminu, Professor of Medicine, former Minister of Petroleum, Senator and Ambassador of Nigeria to the United States of America, etc. Let me draw your attention to an event that took place at the Wadata Plaz ...
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NOTES FOR THE Aso Rock CHAPLAIN How can these materials help the pastor in composing a sermon meant for the hearing of Mr. President today? General Yakubu Gowon reneged on his promise to hand over power to the civilians in 1976. Result: he was toppled in a coup and ended up in exile in Great Britain. General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida went back on a promised handover in 1990, 1992 and 1993. The result? He was forced to step aside and he ended up in Minna. General Sani Abacha: he was not ready to hand over to anybody except himself. Result; God's army toppled him in bed (so they said) and he ended up in the grave. General Olusegun Obasanjo. He wanted a Third Term and launched foot soldiers on the political terrain to work out the modalities. Result? The National Assembly staged a legislative coup against his extra-constitutional demand. Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, incumbent president, promised the whole world in 2011 that he would go for one term. 2015 is approaching and his aides have gone to town tal .. ...
Maulana went of his country to different parts of the world to disseminate knowledge and show practical Islam. He demonstrated how the religion of Islam and its constitution, the Al-Qur'an can be employed as vital tools in the total development of mankind and how religious, social, cultural, technological political and economic ideologies propounded by Islam stands unique and superior to all other world ideologies. Not only this, he demonstrated the dynamism of islam as a complete way of life for guaranteeing global peace, ensuring peaceful co-existance of mankind and integrating diverse ppl and nations through the fostering of the brotherhood spirit. His fame spread through out africa and millions of blacks, White and coloured became his fllowers. He also maintained close relations with several prominent leaders in the independence movements during the 1960s, Suck as Dr. Kwame Nkrumah (Ghana), Ahmed Sekou Toure (guinea), General Yakubu Gowon (Nigeria) and Jamal Abdal-Nasser (egypt). He campaigned tireles ...
Biafra, officially the Republic of Biafra, was a secessionist state in South-Eastern Nigeria that existed from 30 May 1967 to 15 January 1970, taking its name from the Bight of Biafra (the Atlantic bay to its south). The inhabitants were mostly the Igbo people who led the secession due to economic, ethnic, cultural and religious tensions among the various peoples of Nigeria. The creation of the new country was among the causes of the Nigerian Civil War, also known as the Nigerian-Biafran War. Land of the Rising Sun was chosen for Biafra's national anthem, and the state was formally recognised by Gabon, Haiti, Côte d'Ivoire, Tanzania and Zambia. Other nations which did not give official recognition but which did provide support and assistance to Biafra included Israel, France, Portugal, Rhodesia, South Africa and the Vatican City. Biafra also received aid from non-state actors, including Joint Church Aid, Holy Ghost Fathers of Ireland, Caritas International, Mark Press and U.S. Catholic Relief Services. A ...
About 5000 guests, including 18 state governors, have overrun Abuja for a lavish thanksgiving party thrown for Nigeria’s First Lady, Patience Jonathan, at a cost of N500 million. Although she had previously denied being in hospital in Germany, Mrs. Jonathan opened up today at a special service at the Aso Rock Chapel, stunning worshippers with the admission her medical condition had been very serious. “I actually died,” Premium Times quoted her as testifying. “I passed out for more than a week. My intestine and tummy were opened.” She said her doctors had actually given up hope, although she did not specify her diagnosis. “It was God himself in His infinite mercy that said I will return to Nigeria. God woke me up after seven days.” During her six weeks away from Nigeria last year, the presidency refused to say anything to the country about her condition. Upon her return to Abuja on October 17, Mrs. Jonathan denied having been in any hospital. “I don’t even know that hospital they are ...
Christian parents and teachers in Indiana try to ban *** students from attending a "Straights only" prom. This kind of behavior needs to be called out and mo...
General Yakubu Gowon was born on October 19, 1934. And by July, 1966 he became d Head of State & Commander in Chief of d Armed Forces of d FRN... In order word, General Gowon was less than 32 years when tragic circumstances of our nation-hood bestowed on him d herculean task of ruling a boiling nation... If at that age u are still excited and assertive in dishing out food from ur mother's pot, then I challenge u to branch out and face d challenges of ur destiny. Now that I am far older than General Gowon's age in 1966 I should be entitled by right to be addressed as a first class fool if I am hunting for acceptable excuses to explain away my failures. I have come a long way. I have seen more pain, shame and rejection than anyone may imagine. But God says d promised land is just a step away from river Jordan and with d ship of Responsibility, d habour of glory is nearer than expected. Cheers!
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So so pround to b prt d oldstudent of FGCI..Happy birthday FGCI..Dinner @ Ladi kwali hall Sheraton hotel Abuja was a huge sucess..with the presence General Yakubu Gowon..Rep Speaker of H.O.A..formal Ministers oF education..Special Advicers to the president..and Many more dignitaries.Long live FGC ilorin.
C E N T E N A R Y: The way Nigerians are, by Lugard He insulted your great-grandfather, great-grandmother, great-grandaunt and a few grand parents – he did mine too. Or did he merely say what he saw of and thought about them? Ponder that! He was a soldier of fortune. That makes him what you would call a bad guy. Now, when a bad guy puts you down with insults, you wonder what moral license he has to do that. So, what do you do to a soldier of fortune who thinks so lowly of your grannies in their own country? Banish him? Wage war against him? Talking about war, he mounted a campaign and conquered the territory of your grannies – which you now inhabit. Unfortunately, he is dead – as dead as Julius Caesar. His name, Lord Fredrick Daltry Lugard! This bad guy got married to one Victoria, described as beautiful; and went on to amalgamate the Southern and Northern protectorates in 1914, giving birth to the nation called Nigeria. But all these do not matter. It is how he described Nigerians that concer ...
Je N'Wi Temi " Mike Adenuga had no intention of complying with transitional provisions regarding board reconstitution and job security to enable proper governance audit. He stormed the HQ of the company with a detachment of mobile policeman like a cowboy, and asked the company Managing Director, Mr Ojo, to vacate the office immediately and leave the building and also demanded that respected former head of state, General Yakubu Gowon should step down as Chairman of the board with prior knowledge of the board and approval of the National Privatisation Council" Servant
Former head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, and his Ekiti State counterpart, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, yesterday described Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye as a leader whose qualities should be emulated by the young
Fashion as we know takes it turns year in year out, but what has been noticed is that the designers of these trending designs seem to be going naughtier every year with their designs. This is the next thing that was said to be flooding the market really soon. Do you think this will be accepted in Ni...
INTERNATIONALLY-acclaimed Nigerian musician D'Banj, real name Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo, is excited about being asked to perform his popular motivational ditty, Top of the World, at…
2014..., AND THE CELEBRATION BEGINS NOW! The centenary celebration of our amalgamation has already commenced in all ramifications. The amalgamation of the south and north by Lord, Lugard in 1st of January, 1914 is said to be the birth of the Nation with the most populous black race, Nigeria and shall be a century old by 1st January, 2014. That act is believed to be the marriage of people of uncommon ideologies and culture and prospects. Yet, they were made to forcefully and falsely fall in love with one another... from the east, west, south, central and far north of our divides. What a sham and highest level of pretense! Though it is argued that it was done to please the whims and caprices of the colonialist-Britain, and the marriage is still on going and has been envisaged to last in perpetuity. The itinerary for the epoch centenary celebration of this strange union has been set in motion starting from the 4th of February,2013 to culminate at the grand-finale being 1st January,2014. Amongst it is the bui ...
" ... the problem with Nigeria is not money, but how to spend it. " - Major General Yakubu ' Jack ' Gowon. Fmr Nigerian military Head of State. Such is the kind of man of low IQ that runs the affairs of men.
THE MASSACRE OF IBO PEOPLE AND BIAFRAN WAR OF SURVIVAL In January 1967, the Military leaders of Nigeria met in Aburi, Ghana to reach an agreement, Due to the unending massacres against the Ibo people and other easterners residing in Northern Nigeria, by this time, the Eastern Region under Ojukwu was threatening to secede due to the Military Government of Nigeria under General Yakubu Gowon proved incapable of resolving the killings in his home zone. The reasons for the Aburi accord is to hold Nigeria together and find solution to end the killings of Ibo people. FRANCIS CUMMING-BRUCE told General Gowon in November 1966 saying " the Massacres of 60,000 Ibos in the north changed the relationship between the regions and made it imposible for easterners to associate with northerners on the same basis as in the past". At Aburi, Ghana, an accord was agreed by. Colonel Ojukwu and General Gowon that provided for a loose confederation of regions. After the Aburi meeting, the Military leaders returned to Nigeria, it ...
I have discovered why Nigeria refused to move forward. Our Leaders realize the importance of education after they have ruled, and messed up almost every thing. General Yakubu Gowon,,and Patricia Etteh in my mind. Any Nation that refused to invest heavily in education, is a failed state, waiting to happen.
Nigeria is here & it will b here for ever,the younger generation will ensure it.-GENERAL YAKUBU GOWON.
Today I'm very very happy to see one of Nigeria past leader General Muhammed Buhari in Aso Rock villa sitting beside General Yakubu Gowon eating a delicious meal during the Flag OFF of the centenary celebration God bless Nigeria
The youths of Nigeria, resist being used as election riggers, ballot box snatchers, thugs, errand boys, etc. You deserve the same things the lootocratic political class offer their family members viz: good schools, good health facilities, secure environment, good homes, good cars etc. The destiny of the country rest in your hands and you must take it with both hands. Retire General Yakubu Gowon was the Head of State in his early 30s. RESIST THE LOOTERS, FRAUDSTERS AND CRIMINALS IN POWER, AS THEY DON'T MEAN WELL FOR THE COUNTRY.
answer this question and win recharge card. The problem of nigeria is not money but what to do with the money,was said by who?
The acquittal of d pension fraudster, Mr John Yakubu who was accused of conniving wt others to steal d sum of 39bn by an Abuja court after paying a meagre fine of 250,000 naira, hs vindicated those of us who believe dat GEJ alone cn nt effectively fight corruption without d co-operatn of d Judiciary. Or wat do u think?
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General Yakubu Gowon, Head of State: In an interview with Tom Burns a journalist stated: “Food is the means to resistance: It is ammunition in this sense and the mercy flights into rebel territory are looked upon as tantamount to gun running” [Tablet, London, December 7, 1968; Spectator, December 27, 1968.] Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Finance Minister and Vice-Chairman of the Federal Executive Council in the Nigerian Government stated: “All is fair in war, and starvation is one of the weapons of war. I do not see why we should feed our enemies fat in order for them to fight us harder” [Financial Times, London, June 26, 1969; Daily Telegraph, London, June 27, 1969]
'To keep Nigeria one is a Task that must be done.'~ General Yakubu Gowon
General Yakubu Gowon once told the whole world after securing "One Nigeria" that Nigeria has excess money, but just don't know what to do with it!! What an Irony, now that One Nigeria has many things to do with money, she started borrowing! No wonder Buhari, Babangida and Sani Abacha first noticed this and ran riot on the One Nigerian economy to see who will out-loot one another!.Okey Igbokwe
George Aguguo wrote: I dedicate this beautiful pictures to General Yakubu Gowon, Obafemi Awolowo, Benjamin Adekunle, Olusegun Obasanjo, Muhammadu Buhari, IBB and to all those who helped and Sponsors the BIAFRA GENOCIDE of 1966-1970...
ATTENTION.MUST READ On Dec.15th 2012 Mr. Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa died in a Naval Helicopter Crash in Bayelsa state. But prior to that crash before take-off Former President, General Yakubu Gowon was deny access to the Chopper. Now. I Prophesis into your life that Almighty God will block access into any doom and calamity that enemy has in stock for you.The door to Casket and Mortuary will be deny access in your life in Jesus Name. Say Amen to claim it.
ACHEBE'S THERE WAS A COUNTRY AND MY VIEW. By Rahamon Abiola. Just like yesterday when Professor Chinua Achebe unveiled the mask from his long-awaited controversial book ’’there was a country’’. A book that recounts the history of Biafra war- a civil warfare fought in Nigeria during the reign of the formal general head of state, Yakubu Gowon within 1967 to 1970. The book, after its release in year 2012 has been generating different stony and extolling controversies in defence or against of individual party concerned in the searing war that claimed the lives of more than thousand; and among many prominent Nigerians who witnessed the heart-piercing national crevice, without overlooking those who heard the lay from the eyewitnesses. Being a common man who is keenly concerned about the different awful tongue wagging, draconian annotations and supportive acclamation that the book has engendered within the nation and the globe entirely, I think having a voice will illuminate the matter more. Achebe is .. ...
is it TRUE north born for Niger Delta to feed his DESTITUTES (shoe makers,road side beggers,cripples,bin movers.) PASTOR ADEBOYE ENOCH ADEJARE is so poor i call GENERAL of igi YAKUBU GOWON a DESTITUTE.?.
Governor Yero’s wrong start – By Garba Shehu AN UNBIASED PUBLIC COMMENTATOR, GARBA SHEHU HAS THIS TO SAY ABOUT GOVERNOR YERO; Yero should avoid hasty and vindictive decisions. The crowd of grieving family members, State Executive Council Members and other VIPs including former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon must have cried “oh my God!” when the newly-installed Governor of Kaduna State went off-track throwing punches at imaginary enemies at the valedictory meeting of the government to honour his boss, the late Governor Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa. In my mind’s eye, he was like that foreman who removed his hat, wiped the sweat from his forehead, removed his globes to launch a rain of punches on unsuspecting co-workers. It was unwarranted. Speaking last week at that valediction, Governor Yero complained that some commissioners almost succeeded in getting the late Yakowa to sack him and that this plot had indeed thickened just a few days to Yakowa’s death. This is not so much in opposition to the ...
"NIGERIA PRAYS!" general yakubu gowon of igi 'pray to ur GOD-my will be done' (d beast) u met henry on earth.
SHUGABAN TALAKAWA; ALHAJI AMINU KANO Aminu Kano (1920—April 17, 1983) was a Muslim politician from Nigeria. In the 1940s he led an Islamic movement in the north of the country in opposition to British rule. The Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport and the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, both in Kano, Kano State, are named after him. Aminu Kano was born to the family of an Islamic scholar, Mallam Yusuf of the scholarly Gyanawa fulani clan, who was a mufti at the Alkali court in Kano. He attended Katsina College and later went to the University of London's, Institute of Education, alongside Tafawa Balewa. He earned his teaching certificate after completing his studies at Katsina College and subsequently became a teacher; he started teaching at the Bauchi training College. While in Bauchi, he spoke freely on political issues and extended his educational horizon by engaging in some various political and educational activities beyond his formal teaching duties. He wrote a pamphlet, 'Kano, Under the Hammer . ...
SOME IGBO GOVERNORS ARE NOT WISE General Yakubu Gowon murdered 3million Biafrans all in the name of one Nigeria, and Governor Rochas Okorocha has the mind to discourse with our Greatest Enemy. Some months ago, Okorocha made Northern Muslims incharge of Imo hospital, if he wants to convert to Islam, he should step down and go to the North, because Igboland and the entire Biafraland will not contain us. How can a man who claims he loves Igbos sit with Gowon? Igbos are Jewish people and Okorocha has the mind to award Muslims in Imo State. Our fore fathers rejected this Islamic virus, and we will continue to reject Arab expansionism to our land. The foolish Northern Nigerians have long hoped to infiltrate Islam in our land through Propaganda, but it failed. We are Jews, Igbos are from three Jewish lineage. We have nothing to do with Islam and Jihad, we are not terrorist, Jewish people are never violent but we are naturally hated by our enemies. Igbo tradition opposes Jihad and Islamic laws. Whoever converts t ...
This essay was originally posted to Gamji.com on the 9th of February 2009. General Murtala Ramat Muhammed: Tribute to an African Hero. By Aliyu A. Ammani Throughout the world and across all ages and climes, there have been a handful of outstanding personalities who have left their marks indelibly in the sands of history of the lands and nations in which they have lived. These were the heroes who sacrificed tremendously to change the course of history among their peoples. The communities that constitute today’s Nigeria have each its own heroes. At the national arena, most of those we referred to as our heroes have fallen victims of what I called the Zik Syndrome, what Kole Omotosho described as a repeat of Zik of Africa, Zik of Nigeria, Zik of Eastern Region, Zik of Onitsha and finally ordinary Zik. Put on a pedestal was General Murtala Ramat Muhammed, our national, nay African hero. General Yakubu Gowon fought to keep Nigeria one. Some of us can still recall his war slogan: To Keep Nigeria One is a Tas ...
Happi sweet wekend 2 all my pals(.NATIONAL INTEGRATION) A nation is made up of many states & within each state,there are many tribes.NIgeria is a good example of nation with heterogeneous nature.in normal circumstances, people of any nation should be fully integrated.sometimes,in the case of Nigeria &other west AFrican state,the civil war could have permanently divided the nation but for the the introduction of a programme of national integration by General Yakubu Gowon,the then Head of state in Nigeria.it was aimed at making their status & who wanted to break away feel they are part of the nation.This programme made it possible for any Nigerian irrespective of tribe to feel confident to settle in any part of the federation.
Six months after taking power Aguiyi-Ironsi was ousted by a rival military group, led by General Yakubu Gowon.
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