Patrick Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu was a Nigerian military officer and revolutionary who played a leading role in the first military coup d'etat of January 15 1966, which overthrew the First Nigerian Republic. Nzeogwu was born to Igbo immigrant parents who lived in Kaduna. He got the name “Kaduna” from his fellow military officers because of his love for the town.
Murtala Muhammed was a Nigerian general who led the Northern counter-coup forces in overthrowing the Republic of Nigeria and featured prominently during the Nigerian Civil War and thereafter ruled over Nigeria from July 1975 until his assassination on February 1976. The 1966 Nigerian counter-coup was the second military coup in Nigeria.
General Yakubu Gowon (rtd), the second military head of state, clocked 87 on Tuesday, October 19, 2021. Gowon became the military Head of State on August 1, 1966, following the coup that led to the death of the first Head of State, Late General Aguiyi Ironsi.
The next general election is fast approaching and there is an increasing demand for a southerner to replace President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023. Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural group, has urged political parties to zone their presidential tickets to the south east in order to pave the way for an Igbo presidency in 2023.
“I ask for soldiers, I am being given politicians dressed in uniform.” - Johnson Thomas Umunnakwe Aguiyi Ironsi (1924 - 1966). Aguiyi Ironsi was the first Nigerian soldier to be a major General from the rank of private, he joined the Nigerian Army at the age of 18 in 1942 against his sister’s wishes.
Why Fulani Leader Said South-East Destroyed Federalism And 2023 Presidency Will Be By Voting Strength
Some political leaders in Northern Nigeria are gradually making their position known on issues affecting the country especially the 2023 presidential election which the Southern Governors have insisted must be the turn of the South. Professor Labdo a well known Fulani Leader who is also a political leader in Northern Nigeria has made it clear that the true federalism which many Southern political elites are clamouring for was destroyed by the South-East.
In the early hours of January 15, 1966, Nigeria witnessed the first military coup led by Major Chukwuma Nzeogwu and other majors in the army. It was a bloody military intervention in the political history of Nigeria. Some key political leaders like the prime minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, S.L Akintola (Premier of Western region), the minister of finance, Chief Okotie Eboh, Sir Ahmadu Bello (Premier of Northern region) and many other top ranking officers were killed.
As Aso Rock was built some years ago, many Nigerians are ignorant of where the country's presidents lived before the Federal capital was relocated to Abuja. Although many Nigerians are aware that Lagos was the former Federal capital prior to Abuja, many still assume the former seat of government was in Ikeja, the Lagos State capital.
There are so many great men who have supported this country in different ways, and they can't be easily forgotten because of the good things they have done. So many children have chosen to follow in their parents' footsteps. Some are Politicans, Lawyers, and others professionals who are doing well in their respective fields.
In the history of Nigeria as a nation, there are only two people from eastern Nigeria who have governed Nigeria as a whole, let's take a look at who those two people are. 1) Nnamdi Azikiwe: he was the first president of Nigeria. He became president of Nigeria in 1963 but his reign was cut short in 1966 after a military coup removed his government from power.
This war is arguable the greatest war that took place in the African continent as it shook the foundation of Nigeria. The war led to the death of over five million people. Many of the people who died between 1967 to 1970 died during the war, some died of hunger and starvation.
Aguiyi Ironsi who was born on the 3rd of March, 1924 was a Nigerian Politician who served the Country for several years. This great man who is a Native of Abia State in Nigeria also ruled as Head of State in Nigeria before he sadly passed away in the year 1966.
As the 2023 presidential election approaches, agitating for the Igbo presidency keeps being one of the most talked about issues. After the Ohaneze, some Igbo politicians are asking for the President to be zoned to Igboland. The Ohaneze group made it known that it had been over 50 years since Igboman, Aguiyi Ironsi, had been the ruler of Nigeria, and it only lasted for 194 days before another coup took place and he was assassinated.
Joseph Akahan Photo Credit: Cable In January 1966, during the coup that brought Major General Johnson Aguiyi Ironsi into power as the Military Head of State, the northern-Ibadan based 4th battalion, lost its commanding officer to the cold hands of death and was eventually replaced by Major Nzefili, who was an Igbo man.
The name of the man above is Lt. Col Adekunle Fajuyi. He was an unsung hero who sacrificed his life together with his friend General Aguiyi Ironsi in order for peace to reign in Nigeria. Here is a story of how he was killed or assassinated. In 1966, Tafawa Balewa and some Northern leaders were assassinated in a coup led by Majors Emmanuel Ifeajuna and Kaduna Nzeogwu.
As the 2023 presidential election approaches, many people have been eyeing the South East region, and the Ohaneze Group has also been agitating for power to be shifted to the Igbo people. In 1966, which is equivalent to 55 years ago, was the last time that Aguiyi Ironsi, an Igbo man, ruled Nigeria, and it only lasted for 194 days before another coup took place and he was assassinated.
1) Nnamdi Azikiwe: he is from Anambra state. He was one of the freedom fighters of Nigeria's independence and was also the first ever president of Nigeria from 1963 to 1966 until he was ousted by the first military coup which took place in the same 1966 while he was in America for an official meeting.
The wife of the Nigeria's first military head of state Major general Johnson Thomas Aguiyi Ironsi, has died. Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi, who served as first lady between January and July 1966, was 97 She died on Monday at the federal medical centre, umuahia in Abia state.
Lady Victoria Aguiyi-ironsi, the wife of the first Military Head Of State, Late Gen. J.T Umunnakwe Aguiyi-ironsi is dead, aged 97. President Muhammadu Buhari According to family sources, the deceased died at around 4am on Monday at Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Umuahia, Anambra state, where she is receiving medical treatment.
The wife of former Nigerian Military Head of State, Major General J.T.U. Aguiyi Ironsi, have died. Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi, the wife of the late General, passed away in the early hours of Monday, August 23. Late Major General Aguiyi-Ironsi came into power in January 16, 1966.