Video Footage of Aguiyi-Ironsi, Nzeogwu, Sardauna’s House, Katsina….


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  1. […] Footage of Aguiyi-Ironsi, Nzeogwu, Sardauna’s House, Katsina…. http://maxsiollun.wordpress.com/2011…house-katsina/ _______________________ To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or […]

  2. Nice video post. Keep it up bro

  3. Thanks now I just want to hear Nzeogwu’s voice

  4. Ekuson Debango | Reply

    You can see how much support there was for the coup before the British and the Americans started theri campaign of propaganda and misinformation. Just listen to what that Yoruba journalist said about the military take-over and compare and contrast it to what the same Yorubas are saying today. Also go back and re-read that stupid Ejoor interview and all the inherent broken English delivered in that pathetic interview and you begin to wonder where the hell this country goes from here on. BTW did you notice Ironsi’s thoughtfulness and masterful delivery in answering those questions. Now this was a man who had a big plan for moving the country forward. He even set a timetable for return to civilian rule within days of coming to office. I do know something about that coup that will shock some of you and hopeful change your opinion about what really happened. Let us just say that shortly after that coup failed, I personally met Nzeogwu in the company of Major Christian Anuforo in an undisclosed location. Why they where there will really surprise you. I will leave at that.

    1. Ekuson, please share. We are all ears…..

      1. I met Chukwuma Nzeogwu for the first time sometime around October,1965. I met him through Major Christian Anuforo and our encounter was to say the least uneventful and the man vacillated between English and Hausa. I was forced to ask Major Anuforo the ethnic background of Nzeogwu,bearing in mind his last name. Well, I met Major Anuforo through his brother,Mr. Celestine Anuforo, who by then was in some private business. Why I am telling you all this? I have hard many people suggest that General Ironsi was in on the coup. Not so in my humble opinion. After Ironsi crushed the copu(it was neither Gowon nor Ejoor nor any other latter day saint who crushed the coup), Major Anuforo made contact with Major Nzeogwu in an apparent attempt to strategize but bwere simply overwhelmed by troops loyal to Ironsi. I then received a call from Anuforo asking if he could camp out(hide) in my abode. I offered assistance not quite understanding the seriousness of the situation. Anuforo suddenly showed up with Nzeogwu(my second meeting with the latter indeed) in an immaculate whit Opel 4 door with spotless red cloth interior. Both men were in total isolation, reclusive and looked defeated.They arrived in the early hours of the morning, about 1- 2 am. Did not eat much and never even looked out the window(this was how worried they were of General Ironsi). Both men looked sullen and completely demoralized. I never knew what went on in their minds. Both men again took leave about the time of day they had arrived and that was the last I ever saw them. However, Major Nzeogwu( not Nzegwu as most Nigerian writers often opine. These are two totally different officers both in person and rank) appeared to have some cuts on him and was the more sullen of the two.This is the first time I have even attempted to delve into my personal knowledge of events of that era. We have too amany young post 1966 kids now acquiring PhDs and a lot of bad information like that University of Clalbar graduate, Reuben Abati who spews a lot of psychobabble which he passes off as accurate information. I really do not know what they teach these kids these days. I guess I little research(assuming the tools aare available in those back alley primary scools which pass for universities in that country).

        1. Thanks for sharing your personal experience Ekuson. Did not realise you were a principal eyewitness.

  5. I have hard (I have HEARD)..but bwere ( BUT WERE)…the copu(THE COUP)…immaculate whit(WHITE)… University of Clalbar (UNIVERSITY OF CALABAR)…. tools aare (TOOLS ARE)…scools(SCHOOLS) and all other errors mine and mine alone.

  6. Azikiwe on the 1966 coup and military take-over of government function:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrNGHehpGhU

  7. I do not have the requirement to watch this clip.

  8. Sir did you meet Nzeogwu (the second time) after he surrendered to Ironsi or before? And in which city? Lagos or Kaduna? I am asking this question because the information we have from the numerous accounts is that Nzeogwu held out for some days in Kaduna before being tricked into surrendering to Ironsi through the efforts of Nwawo, Where, upon arrival in Lagos he was promptly arrested. No offence mearnt but could you be referring to Ifeajuna and not Nzeogwu?

    1. I met Nzeogwu before he surrendered to Ironsi. I did not meet him in Lagos or Kaduna. Actually he fled Kaduna shortly after he realised that the coup had failed. I really can’t tell you which NORTHERN city but I can tell you this: He showed up at my door about 1 or 2 am in the company of another major who was also active in the coup. They were very concerned for their fate. This much I can tell you first hand.No, I never met Ifeajuna at all. I know exactly what I am talking about and I don’t need anybody to put any ideas in my head.Let us just leave it at that. I am not typing in my name on this post because they are blocking me from posting at this site. You sure know who the question was addressed to and he is the very chap answering you. Best of luck to one and all.

      1. Well the only other Major active in the north was Major Onwuatuegwu. So he must have been the other officer you saw with Nzeogwu. Were you in the army?

        1. Ekuson Debango | Reply

          I did not meet Onwuatuegwu at all in 1966. Like I said before, I met Major Nzeogwu in the company of Major Christian Anuforo. The latter I previously met through his brother Celestine Anuforo.I can surmise that shortly after meeting the duo in a certain northern city,they both surrendered to Ironsi. When I met them in January they were in hiding after Ironsi had crushed the coup.When I say in hiding I mean in hiding without wanting anyone to know there whereabout. They both slept a lot from exhaustion and rarely wanted to see anybody. They both wore a persistent worried look and were frightened out of their mind- one could say at this point reality was beginning to set in for the duo.Finally, I was not in the Nigerian army-thank God Almighty.I’d rather kill myself instantly than serve in that oufit-my personal opinion. I personally do not have very high regard for anyone who took the easy way out by joining. If you look at the military in most countries they are populated by the lowest of society and then hopefully moulded into something pliable. I know some will criticise my position here but I hold very steadfastly to this notion. Some clamour to join but I clamour to stay out.

          1. Thanks for adding this extra information Ekuson. Appreciated.

          2. I have just come across this chain of comments. Ekuson, sorry if I sound skeptical. However, from facts laid bare over the past 40 years or so, Anuforo was in Lagos and Nzeogwu in the North. How could you have possibly met them, together, shortly after the coup???!!!

            1. Ekuson Debango | Reply

              @IKE:
              This is rather simple question to answer.I understand that Major Christian Anuforo was not in the North on the night of the coup.The man lived in the North and understood the terrain thoroughly.What actually happened was that when General Ironsi smashed the coup in Lagos, Anuforo knew the game was fairly over.He escaped to the North and joined up with Nzeogwu to map out another strategy.But it was rather too late for both men. They both went into hiding for the next few hours in a Northern city that I’d rather not mention.Both men were clearly somber and worried about what General Ironsi might do to them.This is why I shake my head when people insinuate that Ironsi was in on the coup.I know he was not a party to the majors’ coup. So worried were Nzeogwu and Anuforo that when they left their hiding place it was well into the early morning hours.Needless to say that was my last contact with either man as things unraveled rapidly.Both men came to the said city in a white Opel four door with a red (cloth) interior. They also left in the same vehicle.I do not want to say any more than this.I hope this answers your question.

              1. Major Anuforo suffered a very grisly fate 6 months later…

                1. Ekuson Debango | Reply

                  I know his family very well.Major Anuforo was an imposing man.Always very cheerful and jovial.He had what appeared to be a tribal mark on only one cheek(this is obviously a scar mark of some sort). The man was very easily approachable and would engage even the littlest of person in a conversation.That was his true nature.Looked rather good in his army unifrom whenever I saw him.

                  1. Ekuson, what propelled such a cheerful and jovial guy to participate in, and kill during, a coup?

                    1. Ekuson Debango

                      Good question.I am sorry that I personally do not have an answer for you.You can never read one’s mind. Based on the few interactions I had with Major Christian Anuforo , I can say he was a man you could approach very easily and carry on a conversation with. I am sure his colleagues in the army can also attest to this fact. Some members of his family that I have had the opportunity to meet are in this same mold. Maybe it had to do with his upbringing in his hometown of Obibi-Owerri. I don’t know for sure.My sentiments are based on personal observation of the man. I met Nzeogwu once and he didn’t say much during this time. To me, he wore the stern face of a soldier or what most of us understood a soldier’s demeanor to be.back then.

            2. Ekuson Debango | Reply

              @IKE: I also forgot to mention to you that within hours of General Ironsi stopping the coup, Major Ifeajuna escaped to Ghana for fear of his life.If this fear of General Ironsi does not clearly illustration Ironsi’s involvement (I am saying this tongue-in-cheek ) I don’t know what else would. Nigeria’s history is replete with inaccuracies and forgeries presented as official truth. This is the point I am trying to make.

  9. Salisu issah galidima | Reply

    I love Nigeria

    1. The plotters have stated several times that they intended to kill Ironsi, but that he escaped from them. Gbulie said the Jan 66 coup plotters held Ironsi in such contempt that they concluded he was “unfit to command a funeral detail” let alone an army. As Phillip Effiong pointed out, their underestimation of Ironsi led their coup to fail. They did not seem to appreciate that an experienced GOC who was older than them, who had been in the army for over 20 years, and who had commanded UN forces might know a thing or two about responding to crisis and counter-attacking rebellious soldiers.

  10. Just seen the exchanges on this subject. Most interesting……

    In no particular order:

    I also have never bought the story that Ironsi was in on the coup, for several reasons. First, the younger officers generally, and those who were behind the coup in particular, tended to hold the likes of Ironsi in some contempt, and there is plenty of documented evidence that attests to this both BEFORE and after the event. Secondly, from a purely military viewpoint (and I speak here as a serving soldier), the plotters realised that in order to succeed they would have to disrupt the control and command structure of the Army long enough to prevent a co-ordinated attempt to thwart them; since they did not have the human resources to do this by holding the Army command team incommunicado, they adopted the ruthlessly simple option of eliminating them – not doing the same to Ironsi, who sat at the top of the structure would have been unthinkable (indeed, Nzeogwu subsequently claimed that Ironsi WAS a target; the mistake they made was not taking Ironsi out BEFORE they started on his subordinates).

    In more than 20 years of taking a very close interest in the military and political history of Nigeria, the revelation by Ekuson of his meeting after the coup with both Nzeogwu and Anuforo is possibly the most significant new development I have read….I would suggest that Ekuson owes a duty to historians and posterity to expand on this….

    Not sure I can support Ekuson’s general disparagement of the Nigerian Army….he should know that whilst the Army as an institution has not always covered itself in glory, especially whilst in power, that does not necessarily mean that all in it are “the lowest of society”. I certainly do not regard myself as such, nor do I regard service in the Army as warranting his stated option of killing himself!

    Finally, although no longer serving with the Nigerian Army, I am still a serving soldier in another, perhaps less political Army, and 4 degrees, including a Doctorate, (by no means unusual amongst my colleagues) attest to the fact that Ekuson is perhaps guilty of over-generalising his contempt for the military institutions of the world!

    1. Ekuson Debango | Reply

      I responded to your write-up but I guess it was lost in transmission. I don’t know if I want to do it again though.

    2. Ekusond Debango | Reply

      In more than 20 years of taking a very close interest in the military and political history of Nigeria, the revelation by Ekuson of his meeting after the coup with both Nzeogwu and Anuforo is possibly the most significant new development I have read….I would suggest that Ekuson owes a duty to historians and posterity to expand on this….
      >>> I HATE TO DISAPPOINT YOU HERE. MY REVELATIONS ARE NOTHING NEW AND I OWE NOTHING TO HISTORIANS WHOSE SELECTIVE MEMORY ON ISSUES OF NATIONAL IMPORT WILL NEVER CEASE TO FAIL.AS IT TURNS OUT RIGHT AFTER THE COUP WAS FOILED I WAS VISITED BY A RATHER LARGE DETACHMENT OF THE NIGERIA POLICE WHO SWOOPED IN ON MY RESIDENCE VERY EARLY ONE MORNING TO COMMENCE A THOROUGH SEARCH OF THE PLACE. DURING THIS PERIOD,WHICH WAS LIKE HELL ON EARTH, THEY DID NOT ALLOW MOVEMENT OF RESIDENTS.YOU WERE EVEN ESCORTED TO THE BATHROOM WHILE THE WHOLE PLACE WAS RANSACKED AND LEFT IN SHAMBLES..SINCE YOU ARE CURRENTLY SERVING IN THE MILITARY ( OR THE POLITICAL BRANCH THEREOF) YOU CAN VERY WELL DO US A FAVOUR BY EXCAVATING THE POLICE REPORT WHICH FOR SOME UNKNOWN REASON HAS BEEN QUIETLY TUCKED AWAY FOR YEARS.THE INVESTIGATION, INTERROGATIONS AND SEARCHES, WHICH LEFT NO STONE UNTURNED, WAS ORDERED BY GENERAL IRONSI (IF HE WAS IN ON IT HE’D NOT HAVE CARRIED OUT SUCH FAR REACHING INVESTIGATION IN THE FIRST PLACE). THAT REPORT, AT LEAST A SUBSTANTIAL PART OF IT, IS STILL CLASSIFIED, PROBABLY BECAUSE IT WILL REVEAL THE RADIOACTIVE TRUTH ABOUT EVENTS OF THAT ERA.I ENCOURAGE ALL HISTORIANS TO DIG UP THE DOCUMENT. I RESTATE, IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS, THAT BOTH NZEOGWU AND ANUFORO WENT INTO HIDING AFTER THE COUP WAS FOILED.

      Not sure I can support Ekuson’s general disparagement of the Nigerian Army….he should know that whilst the Army as an institution has not always covered itself in glory, especially whilst in power, that does not necessarily mean that all in it are “the lowest of society”. I certainly do not regard myself as such, nor do I regard service in the Army as warranting his stated option of killing himself!

      >>> I THINK YOU ARE WELL ENTITLED TO YOUR PERSONAL OPINION WHILE AT THE SAME TIME I HOLD UNTO MINE RATHER TENACIOUSLY. I ALMOST SIGNED UP FOR TRAINING AT THE NDA IN 1965 AND KNOWING WHAT I KNOW NOW IT WOULD HAVE AMOUNTED TO A REGRETTABLE WASTE OF MY TIME.THIS IS MY PERSONAL OPINION. IN MOST SOCIETIES (AND NIGERIA IS NO EXCEPTION) THE MILITARY IS THE LAST RESORT FOR SOCIETY’S LOWER ECHELON AND CADRE. GRANTED THERE MAY BE EXCEPTIONS, LIKE IFEAJUNA, BANJO, OLULEYE, OJUKWU, DIYA, DANBAZZAU AND MANY ORDERS, THE GENERAL RULE STILL OBTAINS AND DOES NOT CONTRAVENE THE ESTABLISHED NORM. IN COUNTRIES SUCH AS THE UNITED STATES RECRUITERS ENTICE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WITH PROMISES OF COLLEGE TUITION AND THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN SIGN-UP BONUS. THIS STILL HAPPENS TODAY. IF THESE YOUNG ONES ARE FROM WELL TO DO FAMILIES THEN THERE WOULD BE NO NEED TO SIGN UP UPON INDUCEMENT. AGAIN THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS FOR THOSE WHO GO THROUGH MILITARY INSTITUTIONS LIKE WEST POINT AND OTHERS. THESE ARE GENERALLY PEOPLE WHO ARE RECOMMENDED BY ONE OF TWO SERVING STATE SENATORS OR OTHERWISE ARE WELL CONNECTED. THESE ARE THE OFFICER CADETS. I DID NOT MEAN BY MY STATEMENT TO DISPARAGE ANYBODY. I ONLY INTENDED TO SAY IT AS I SEE IT. I TACITLY STAND BY MY STATEMENT. I WOULDN’T KILL MYSELF FOR ANYTHING ON PLANET EARTH.THAT STATEMENT WAS UNDERSTOOD IN THE WRONG CONTEXT. HABA!!!

      Finally, although no longer serving with the Nigerian Army, I am still a serving soldier in another, perhaps less political Army, and 4 degrees, including a Doctorate, (by no means unusual amongst my colleagues) attest to the fact that Ekuson is perhaps guilty of over-generalising his contempt for the military institutions of the world!

      >>> YOU ARE SOMEWHAT VAGUE HERE. THE FACT THAT YOU NO LONGER SERVE IN NIGERIAN ARMY BUT AT THE SAME TIME SERVE IN A LESS POLITICAL ARMY IS RATHER CONFUSING TO ME. I ASSUME THAT BY THAT STATEMENT YOU ARE A CARD-CARRYING MEMBER OF THE RULING PARTY.MY UNDERSTANDING OF EVENTS IS THAT THIS IS THE FAVOURITE PARTY OF THE MILITARY.CARE ELABORATING? FINALLY, I WISH TO CONGRATULATE YOU FOR YOUR ACADEMIC ACCOMPLISHMENT. I BELIEVE YOU ARE EXCEPTIONAL IN THIS REGARD.HOWEVER, FOR SOMEONE IN THE ARMY TO HOLD THAT MANY DEGREES IS A LITTLE OVERKILL. THE BOOKISH SOLDIERS ONCE REFERRED TO BY ANOTHER ONE TIME OFFICER.MY DISPOSITION TOWARD THE MILITARY CANNOT BE ACCURATELY DESCRIBED AS CONTEMPTUOUS BY ANY STRETCH. I AM NOT GUILTY OF THAT AT ALL.

      NB: IF THIS DOES NOT GO THROUGH THIS TIME AROUND THEN I WILL NOT VENTURE TO ADDRESS THE ISSUES YOU RAISED. HAVE A WONDER DAY.

  11. Ekuson Debango | Reply

    OFFICER TUNDE, IF AND WHEN YOU DECIDE TO RETURN HERE, I DO HAVE SOME IMPORTANT ISSUE(S) TO DISCUSS WITH YOU. THE ISSUE(S) MAY NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH EVENTS OF 1966. I WANT TO DISCUSS CURRENT EVENTS THAT WILL HAVE A LASTING IMPACT ON NIGERIA IN PARTICULAR AND AFRICA AS A CONTINENT. IF ANYBODY CAN CLARIFY THINGS FOR ME I THINK YOU’D BE THE RIGHT PERSON FOR THE JOB. HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON.BTW MY CLOSING COMMENT IN MY LAST POST SHOULD HAVE READ :HAVE A “WONDERFUL” DAY. I DO NOT ALWAYS PROOF READ MY POSTS. BIG MISTAKE ON MY PART.

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