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Why Chief Obafemi Awolowo Was Jailed In 1963

Chief Obafemi Awolowo was imprisoned in 1963 and was not pardoned by the Nigerian government until 1966, after which he assumed the role as Minister of Finance. When the January 15, 1966 coup brought Ironsi into power, Chief Obafemi Awolowo was spending term in Calabar Prison.

Awolowo was a Nigerian nationalist and statesman who played a key role in Nigeria's independence movement, the First and Second Republics and the Civil War. He was jailed by the Tafawa Balewa Government for alleged treasonable felony. Awolowo thought that the new regime would release him. But that did not happen.

Obafemi Awolowo was the first premier of the Western Region and later federal commissioner for finance, and vice chairman of the Federal Executive Council during the Nigerian Civil War.

Former Nigerian Head of State, Yakubu Gowon released the late Obafemi Awolowo from prison to end the political unrest in the South West and ensure peace across the country.

Reference: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2020/01/awolowo-coup-of-january-1966/

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Federal Executive Council Ironsi Second Republics Tafawa Balewa Yakubu Gowon

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