Tuesday, January 21, 2020

How Operation Wetie led to the 1966 Nigerian Coup D’état

The full story of how the political rivalry between Ladoke Akintola and Obafemi Awolowo led to Nigeria's First Coup D'état in 1966...
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July 29: The Day Aguiyi-Ironsi, Gowon, Nzeogwu met their doom

Major-General Johnson Thomas Umunakwe Aguiyi-Ironsi was 41 years, 10 months and 13 days old when he became Nigeria's first military Head-of-State on January...
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25 Interesting Facts about Nigeria’s 36 States

If you alphabetically list the capitals against the states, including the FCT, the capital of OGUN would be MAIDUGURI, while only...
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Buhari and the Umaru Dikko kidnap of July 1984

On Thursday, July 5, 1984, an attempt to kidnap Nigeria’s Minister of Transport and Aviation, Alhaji Umaru Dikko, was foiled by the...
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Yar’Adua’s Ailment, Jonathan’s Quandary and the Doctrine of Necessity

“I will not sign it and I will not swear-in the Chief Justice-designate. My lawyers have told me it’s an impeachable offence,”...
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How Yakubu Gowon was overthrown in a bloodless Coup in 1975

In the last article (you can read it here), I highlighted the reasons why Gowon was overthrown. In this second and...
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Real reason Yakubu Gowon was overthrown as Nigeria’s Head-of-State in 1975

“What we have been afraid of at home, has happened.” General Yakubu Gowon quietly told Alhaji Usman Faruk, then Military Governor of...
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40 Interesting Facts you did not know about Ibadan

The city of Ibadan was created in 1829 as a war camp for warriors coming from Oyo, Ife, and Ijebu. A...
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Bashorun Gaa: The “Wicked Prime Minister” of the Old Oyo Empire

The Oyo Empire was a monarchial one and ruled by an Alaafin (King), (Alaafin means 'owner of the palace' in the...
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Real Reason Nigeria changed from Left-Hand Drive to Right-Hand

On Sunday, April 2, 1972, the General Yakubu Gowon-led administration cut off one of the British colonialists’ vestiges in transportation when...
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Why Calabar was never the Capital of Nigeria

In a primary school in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, a male teacher was coaching the pupils on current affairs of...
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Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi: Nigeria’s First Military Head-of-State

Major-General Johnson Thomas Umunnakwe Aguiyi-Ironsi was Nigeria’s first in many areas; Aide-de-Camp, Head of the Nigerian Army and Head-of-State among many....
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Ogbunigwe: The Biafran Wonder of the Nigerian Civil War

Ogbunigwe, the deadly mass destruction missile that made the federal troops jittery, was a product of the scientific feat of the...
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The Groundnut Pyramids of Kano: Will they ever return?

Groundnut pyramids were pyramid-like structures made from groundnut sacks. The pyramids were built in northern Nigeria in cities such as Kano,...

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22 Interesting Facts you did not know about Abeokuta

Abeokuta was a sovereign nation for 20 years and 11 months before the British amalgamated her with the rest of Nigeria....
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30 Interesting Facts about Nigerian Leaders

Nigerian Leaders; how much do you know about them? Who founded the Central Bank of Nigeria? Did you know that President Olusegun...
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