The Danjuma Interview


There have been a lot of requests for me to post the full text of Lt-General T.Y. Danjuma’s interview with the Nigerian Guardian regarding his role in the July 1966 coup and the arrest/death of the then Head of State Maj-Gen Aguiyi-Ironsi. Here is the interview….

SUNDAY GUARDIAN-17th february,2008

You were quoted as saying that your memoirs would be one grenade of a book, why?

You know; there are so many versions of some the critical events that took place over the years in which I was involved. Some of the versions are sanitized; some of them are slightly inaccurate, which I will endeavour to correct. And in correcting them, there will be a few explosions. You know what a grenade is- it explodes.
Unfortunately, for me, each time I pick up my notes and try to write, I have to relive some of those very tense periods and I am so worked up. So, what I have decided to do is oral history- tell the story to a writer who’ll record, transcribe and so on and the book will bear his name and mine.
Will you, in the book correct, for example, the many stories around the coup in Ibadan in 1966 and your alleged role in the killing of Aguiyi-Ironsi and Adekunle Fajuyi?

The interesting thing about the Ibadan coup where Ironsi was arrested is that the full story is already in print. If you take the book written on me by Lindsay Barrett, the account given there with General ( Yakubu ) Gowon’s biography written by Professor Isawa Eliaugu – if you read that part of the book, the account there of what happened – if you put them together, a lot of the grey areas will be clear.
Well, you still have to clear some speculations here concerning your role. It is said that you broke Ironsi’s famous swagger stick, which was thought to be his magic wand. Did you? Did your people drag Ironsi on the road? Did you take him to Iwo road and shoot him?
No, it is not true. What happened was that after we arrested him, I lost control. Remember that I was a complete stranger. I came from Lagos with Ironsi as a staff in the Army Headquarters attached to him. I stayed in the barracks with the Adjutant ( the Chief of Staff of the Commanding Officer ). I stayed with him in his single officer quarters. And it was there, that at one or two o’clock in the morning – I was in bed – when he came and knocked at my door. He said, “sir, do you know what has happened.” I said, “no”. he said there was some trouble in Abeokuta, who was an Igbo officer holding secret meeting with all the Igbo officers in the officers’ mess and our boys went and shot all of them.

Who are the “our boys?”

Northern soldiers. Remember, Igbos did the killings that took place in January (1966 ).
They killed non-Igbo senior Army officers. Only one Igbo officer the killed but Igbo wiped out almost all the senior non –Igbo officers. We rounded up all the people, who did the killings, because we all help Ironsi to abort the January coup. They were rounded up and put in jail, where they were being paid their full salary.

They had television, they had everything there despite being detained and nobody was talking about court marshalling them. Instead, the newspapers including the Daily Times, in fact Peter Enahoro, who was named Peter Pan; in his Sunday newspaper(wrote a column) to the effect that The boys being detained were national heroes. National heroes because they killed corrupt politicians! He didn’t say anything about Army officers…
they killed corrupt politicians and replaced them with lronsi whom we would call Iron-side Very insulting and in my own opinion, very provocative article! He was saying that those boys should be freed. Tension started building. Riots broke out in the North and it was because of the riots that broke out in the North that Ironsi started going round to talk to traditional rulers and the Army leaders. I was in his convoy.

We got to Ibadan. We had a meeting with traditional rulers and leaders of thought at the end of which everybody was asked to sing the National Anthem. We all sang the National Anthem. In the night, we had dinner and we came back. We dropped him (Ironsi) at Government House, and then went to the barracks to stay with the AdjutantThen, at one o’clock in the night (there was) gbam, gbam, gbam on my door. I said what happened. He (Adjutant) said there was some trouble in Abeokuta. I said what was it? He said the man on duty – duty officer – saw the Commanding Officer holding meetings in the officers’ mess … all the officer that attended that meeting were Igbos. They left out non-Igbo officers. The duty officer called one or two soldiers; they cocked their guns, went there and rounded up every body. They thought it was a joke. One of them had his staff machine gun by his side and he bent down and attempted to pick it up; they opened up on him and shot him down.

They sprayed everybody, killed everybody there and started tele phoning.
They rang Ibadan. It was then that this boy woke me up. This was what happened. The press had been calling for the release of the January coup plotters. Now, our boys had created an excuse for the release. After killing these people, it is a draw – they killed Army officers in Lagos and all overNigeria. Igbos did it. Now,Igbos had been killed in Abeokuta; that’d be the end of it. I said no. I asked the Adjutant, who was in a position to know, if the Supreme Commander – at that time lronsi was known as Supreme Commander – had been told? He said, no; he didn’ think so. I said okay; he
should get me some soldiers. He brought soldiers. I didn’t come to lbadan with combat dress. I had to borrow the combat dress of an officer about my size. It was an American combat dress. This officer had just come back from the US. You know, when you travel with the Head of state you have to dress decently, wear service dress and so on. So, I borrowed fatigue, wore it. In fact, I wore it over my pyjamas and left with the Adjutant. I said, “take me to Government House”. We got there. We asked soldiers who
were on duty to ground arms. They all grounded their arms. I told the Adjutant what to do. Soldiers grounded their arms; we disarmed them and armed the soldiers that we brought.

Meanwhile, the anti-tank gun (lronsi convoy) was there, the commander was there. The commander was from the garrison in Ibadan. We knew him; we told him. He said we should use the gun to blow down the building. I said no,There’s no need; the Head of State was there; we had to arrest him. We were there and waited. Any time anybody came out from the building, we arrested him. They removed their shoes and we asked them to sit down.

Why were you doing this?

We didn’t want any violence. we wanted to arrest him ( Ironsi ) alive and go and lock him up.we wanted to interrogate him, to find out the role he played in the coup ( January 1966 ); his stories didn’t add up about how he escaped from flagstaff House where he was staying at No.1,Glover (Ikoyi), and ended up in Ikeja.How it came about Njoku,who was supposed to have handed over the command of the largest garrison in lagos, which was then the Ikeja Garison, did not handover.Njoku was still in commandand he (Ironsi) went to join him. We were going to interrogate him about all those, or at least, that was what I thought we were
going to do.

So, every I told the soldiers to do or not to do,they obeyed until eventually, first, (Adekunle)Fajuyi (Millitary Governor of Western Region) came out of the building after he Waited… every time they sent somebody out of the building, nobody went back. So, Fajuyi Came down. As he came down the steps, I saluted-him-and said; “sir, you are under arrest; hands up’ He looked at me and called me, “Danjuma?” I said, “Sir, you are under arrest.”
He raised his hands, and came down. He said, “What do you want?” I said,
“we want to arrest you and we want to arrest the Head of State.”

He said,”and you are going out with him?” I said, “yes .. .”
And you were supposed to be on the Supreme Commander’s
entourage?

I was;I was there. I went to Ibadan with him. What do you mean by,”supposed to?”

Because you were now arresting…

Yes, I was arresting. He (Fajuyi) pleaded with me not to go up with armed men;that he was going to go up and call him (Ironsi) provided I guaranteed his safety. I gave him my guarantee: I said, “I guarantee your safety.”
He went there, and didn’t come down. So, I decided to climb up. As I climbed up the steps, armed soldiers followed me. I had a grenade in my hand. I didn’t have any arm. As I came, lronsi was sitted; Fajuyi was by his side.
I said, “Sir, you are under arrest.” And I gave him the order to stand up.
Reluctantly, Ironsi stood up. He used to carry a staff crocodile. He had it in his hand. They both came down. Fajuyi was still asking me about guaranteeing safety. I guaranteed his safety absolutely. So, we came out of the building down toward the car.

One of the soldiers said we shouldn’t allow him to carry his crocodile, that there’s juju. I said no; there’s nothing in it. He said he’d disappear if we allowed him to carry it. He started to stop and I told him to shut up. That was the time I lost control. The soldier batoned me and pushed me aside and took charge. To my greatest surprise, the Adjutant, who was, you know, these were his troops – I was a stranger,
they were obeying me because everything I did they liked; they liked what I was doing, but the moment I told them not to do some thing they didn’t like, they rejected – I expected the Adjutant, who was there, to intervene. He probably incited them. He said,”Yes, the soldier is right. This thing here (Ironsi’s crocodile) is his Zasa; it’s juju that will make him disappear.”
So, they took the thing from him, pushed me aside and bundled him and Fajuyi in a vehicle and drove away. It was six O’clock in the morning.
The front of the Government House was littered with people without shoes; people who had come to get ready to go. They asked every one of them to sit on the floor and they removed their shoes. They all sat, including the then Head of Service (Chief P Odumosu). I came down. They (soldiers) drove away.
There was nobody to tell these people to go; so they all sat there. It was I who said, what’re you people still doing here. Quietly, they realized they were free to go. They (soldiers) had driven away Fajuyi and Ironsi.

What of you?

I had to hitch a ride to go to the barracks. They left; there was no vehicle even for me to leave that place; they Just drove away, taking them away.So, I had to make my way back to the barracks. If you read Gowon’s book, it’s there. They named names , of the people who actually took Ironsi away.

Now, there are a lot of lies. I read some very funny lies told by Ironsi’s ADC whose life I saved. He was an Igbo officer from Abakaliki area, tall, a good-looking chap. After the war he came back, I saw him, we shook hands and I gave him some money.
I read his account. You know we captured a lot of literature in Enugu. The Igbos named his account, including what happened in Ibadan, and what happened in the North – as pogrom. I read all the accounts there. It was there that I saw the evidence given by this man in order to … he must have felt guilty, when his boss was arrested and taken away and he went away and he went home empty-handed, without anything even though he was his ADC and nothing happened to him. He had to tell a lie to justify how he came out with his limbs intact. He gave a long story of how he escaped, what happened and so on.

That man told a lot of the lies that gained currency. Ironsi had two ADCs. One of them was Col. Sani Bello and the other was this man. I prevailed on the soldiers not to do anything to anybody. We arranged even for him to escape, and go away. He went home and started telling lies. He told a lot of lies, which I read in the account he gave in Biafra. We had an inquiry. People came to give account and so on and so forth. Unfortunately, I didn’t keep it, but I remember that the stories that gained currency were from that man.

The Adjutant created the problem?.

He didn’t create the prob1em. The Igbos who killed our senior officers all over the place created the problem; they created the problem. They sowed the wind and reaped the problem; it wasn’t him (the Adjutant). They were reacting;they were avenging what happened in January. The July coup was a revenge coup.

What’s the name of the Adjutant?

Garba Paiko!
Was he a major?
Major! He was a Second Lieutenant.

You were his senior?

Oh yes! But when it comes to coup-making, there’s no rank. Coup is abandwagon of hierarchy. This was his unit. He knew the boys; I didn’t know them. But he knew me.He used me…

You’re lucky they didn’t mistake you for an Igbo.
Oh, easily! I was lighter in complexion than I am no. Many times, they took me for an Igbo.

So, he (Adjutant) didn’t create the problem?

I don’t think you people know what happened. What would you do when you went to bed and woke up and found that all the people from your area in the Army, innocent people were killed in their beds, some of them even with their wives – all done by Igbo officers? We bottled up this for six months from January to July. Then, the opportunity came for revenge.
In the Army, you are taught that when you are fired upon, you take cover and return fire. We didn’t return fire immedi¬ately. We gave Ironsi a chance to deal with the people who killed our seniors. He did not. Then foolish people like (Peter Pan) Enahoro were talking about national heroes ¬that people who did the killings were national heroes.
We couldn’t understand! If politicians were corrupt, why didn’t you confine yourself to killing politicians? If it was necessary that the Army should take over, why was it that this same Army should eliminate the cream of that Army and leave us With absolutely useless people, like Ironsi who was a desk-clerk Head of State? We couldn’t understand it. But we bottled this up till July and when the opportunity came, we decided to revenge. This is what happened…

People blame you for what happened in Ibadan, but as it is, the Adjutant more or less, instigated the soldiers..
Yes, this is what I suspect. My suspicion is borne out by the fact that he did not do what I would do if I were in his position. He (Adjutant) approved of what the boys did.

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39 responses

  1. T.Y. DANJUMA IS COMITING HIMSELF MORE AND MORE BY HIS STUPID COMENTS. LOOKING AT ALL HIS STATEMENTS ABOUT JULY 29TH 1966 AT IBADAN, YOU COULD SEE THAT THERE IS A LOT OF COVER UPS BY DANJUMA
    AFTER ALL SAID AND DONE WHAT HAPPENED TO NIGERIA ECONOMY? KILLING THE HEAD OF STATE IN OTHER TO GAIN ASSESS TO GOVERNMENT PAUSE AND STOLE THEIR MONEY, THAT WAS ACTUALLY T.Y. DANJUMA’S INTENTION FOR KILLING IRONSI AND FAJUYI. NOW POOR MASSES ARE SUFFERING , STARVATION EVERY WHERE AROUND THE COUNTRY, THEOPHILLUS DANJUMA REMAINED RICH FROM THE MONEY HE STOLLED FROM GOVERNMENT AND STILL PRAISING HIMSELF AS AN ICON OF THE COUNTRY. T.Y DANJUMA IS JUST AN ARMED ROBBER WHO MADE HIS WEALTH BY STOLEN MONEY FROM NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT WHICH CONTRIBUTED TO THE NATIONS SET BACK. HE WAS A PRODIGAL AND USELESS SON OF NIGERIA. THE BLOOD OF IRONSI , FAJUYI, AND ALL THE RAPPED WOMEN SHALL FOLLOW T.Y. DANJUMA AND HIS ENTIRE FAMILY, FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION TILL THE END OF THE WORLD.

  2. Interesting. Just stumbled on this one. Promise to visit frequently.

  3. YES, TOO MANY ATROCITIES HAVE TAKEN PLACE IN THAT COUNTRY ( NIGERIA). THIS SO CALLED DANJUMA, GOWON AND THE REST SHOULD SHOT UP THEIR DIRTY MOUTH IN FRAMING AND CLAIMING TO BE GENERALS WHICH HAS NO VALUE ELSEWHERE OTHER THAN IN NIGERIA FOR PEOPLE LIKE THEM. SOME WHO ACTUALLY KNEW WHAT IT TAKES A SOLDIER TO BE A HEROE COULD UNDERSTOOD ME MORE. AT AGE OF 70 GEN. THEOPHILLUS DANJUMA DOESN’T KNEW HOW TO ADDRESS A PUBLIC OR ANSWER A SIMPLE QUESTION OR BE SILENCE. SAME THING APPLICABLE TO GEN. GOWON WHO CLAIMED TO BE BORN AGAIN BECAUSE GEN. MAURITALA SCATER HIS PLANS. THEN HE (GOWON) IN TURN COLLABORATED WITH DIMKA AND KILL MOHAMED IN 1976 WHICH GIVES HIM (GOWON) THE TITLE AS “DOUBLE PRESINDENT KILLER” (1966 AND 1976). GOWON WAS ASKED IN AN INTERVIEW ” WHY HE BLOCKED FOOD SUPPLY TO THE EAST DURING THE CIVIL WAR, AS HE SAW CHILDREN STARVING AND DYING ” GOWON ANSWERED, SAYING THAT THE BIAFRANS ARE SMUGLING AMUNITION WITH FOOD SUPPLY. OK. AS A HUMAN BEIGN WHY DIDN’T YOU (GOWON) ENSURE THAT THOSE KIDS GOT PROPPER NUTRITION AND HEALTHCARE FROM YOUR NIGERIA SIDE WHILE YOU CONTINUE SEARCHING FOR YOUR OPPONENT GEN. OJUKWU. GOWON AND OJUKWU WERE TWO GREEDY “MOTHER-FUCKERS” WHO EXCERCISES POWER IN THE EXPENCE OF OTHER PEOPLES LIFE WITH EXCEPTION OF THEIR IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBERS. GEN. T.Y. DANJUMA IS A “JEALOUS SON OF A BITCH”. THE JAN. 1966 COUP COULD HAD NOT BEEN TERPRITED IN THE WAY THIS BASTARD, GEN. DANJUMA DID ON HIS LAST INTERVIEW WHICH CAUSED THE KILLING OF IRONSI WHO BROUGHT ALL THESE NOTHERNERS TO THE CORIDOR OF POWER WHEN THEY WERE INELLIGIBLE FOR THAT. THE DEATH OF IRONSI GAVE BIRTH TO THE POWER TUSSLE BETWEEN GOWON AND OJUKWU WHICH LED TO THE CIVIL WAR. AGAIN WHY DID NOTHERN CIVILLIANS KILLED THOUSANDS OF IBO’S AND STOLE THEIR PROPERTIES SAME DAY IRONSI WAS KILLED? IS THAT HOW TO LIVE TOGETHER AND BE CALLED ONE NIGERIA?WHAT HAS A COMMON CIVILLIAN HAS TO DO WITH WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE BARACKS OR GOVERNMENT HOUSE? GENERAL DANJUMA SIR, I KNOW YOU ARE ABOVE HUMAN DESTRUCTION IN NIGERIA, BUT DONT FORGET THAT YOU HAVE CHILDREN IN AND OUTSIDE NIGERIA, EVEN YOURSELF WHO FLIGH IN AND OUT OF NIGERIA, YOU NEVER KNOW WHO IS SITTING BY YOUR SIDE ON YOUR TRAVEL, TALKLESS OF WHO IS FOLLOWING YOU BEHIND OR BESIDE AS YOU VISITED OVERSEAS. YOU ARE THE GREATEST ANIMAL OF THE YEAR 2008 AT YOUR 70TH BIRTHDAY AND GOD WILL PUNISH YOUR SOUL WHENEVER YOU DIE. YOUR CHILDREN WILL NEVER LIVE IN PEACE FOR THE CONDITION YOU AND GOWON LEFT THAT COUNTRY (NIGERIA) I ASKED LORD EVERY DAY TO GIVE YOU AND GOWON LONGEST LIFE SO BOTH OF YOU SHALL LIVE TO BURRY ALL YOUR CHILDREN AND ENTIRE GENERATION AND YOU SHALL BE LEFT ALONE WITH FACTORIES AND OIL COMPANIES BEFORE YOUR OWN DEATH WILL COME.

    1. CHARLSKIN DO YOU KNOW HOW FOOLISH YOU ARE? YOU HAVE NO POWER OVER YOUR FELLOW HUMAN TO PRONOUNCE LIFE OR DEATH AGAINST SOMEONE SO KEEP YOUR NONESENS COURSE TO YOURSELF AND YOUR GENERATION YET UNBORN

      1. No name calling please. Keep it civilised.

  4. Chaleskin or what ever you call your self, your a bastard son of a bitch for making all this stupid commet. you are not God, so keep your curse to your self and your generation.

    1. toochukwu henry | Reply

      Ayuba, i don’t quite understand your point.

  5. Danjuma’s treachery knows no bounds.
    A leader of Ironsi’s security detail who turns around
    and betrays his own commander and arrests him instead
    of protecting him. Sadly in Nigeria, tribal and ethnic bonds
    are stronger than patriotic bonds.
    Danjuma is wrong. Jan. 15 was NOT an Igbo attack on Northerners.
    Akintola, Ademulegun, Sodeinde and Unegbe were also killed on that fateful morning. They were NOT Notherners.
    Sir Kashim Ibrahim, Ali Akilu were interrogated and RELEASED unharmed
    by Nzeogwu. Hassan Katsina was also spared. They WERE Northerners.
    Moreover, THE CRUSHING of the Jan. 15 coup was done largely by
    IGBO officers under Ironsi’s command. Officers like Igboba, Nwawo,
    Anwunah, Obienu and others, including Ojukwu.
    This so-called desk clerk displayed incredible bravery that night and was
    virtually single-handedly responsible for organizing a strong resistance.
    Furthermore, one of the major coup plotters was Wale Ademoyega,
    a Yoruba officer.
    Nzeogwu’s powerful speech clearly articulated the purpose and vision of the coup.
    It was an attempted revolution to rid the country of a brutal and corrupt neo-colonial reactionary rule in order to bring about true independence,justice, freedom and dignity to ALL Nigerians.
    So to characterize Jan. 15 as an all-Igbo affair against Northerners
    is a complete misrepresentation of the facts.

    1. Liki Malafa or whatever it is you call yourself. Why was it necessary to kill innocent people in their beds all the name of a misguided revolution of no discernible purpose? Pray I tell you were the plotters not court-martialled for mutiny? You can try to rewrite history all you want, the 1966 Military coup as necessary as it may be, was unnecessarily and inexplicably bloody. Nothing justifies the wanton loss of life that unfortunate morning.

      1. toochukwu henry | Reply

        supo the point is not weather the coup was neccessary or not. the point is that it was not an Igbo coup.Danjuma and co wanted Ironsi to execute the jan conspirators. what would ve bn the rationale behind that having lost many officers already. His arrest and subsequent killing of his supreme commander whom he went to ibadan with as head of security detail smacks of sheer unprofessionalism. the evil that men do lives after them

    2. The motive of the Northerners could be summed in one word:barbarism. I hope you are all following the level of their barbarism since Jonathan emerged the winner of a fair and free election. You wonder why after many years of squander and mismanagement the darn country continues to slide into the abyss.This is incompetence at its best and it rankles.

  6. History is written by the winners as they say. Danjuma’s account is authoritative because he is the most senior surviving officer that was present when Ironsi and Fajuyi was arrested. Others (civilian and military) were there, and witnessed the whole affair….yet they have never spoken about what they saw. Will they come forward and either corroborate or discredit Danjuma’s account?

  7. EJIKE ANYADUBA | Reply

    I have read extensively on the Nigerian crisis of the sixties amd have arrived at the conclusion that most of the actors in that unfortunate war might have been blood suckers.My interest in this whole thing is to correct that hateful impression Danjuma’s comment on the personality of the late Head of State, Aguiyi Ironsi as a desk top officer.At any rate, Ironsi, before he became G.O.C, having taken over from the last Bristish commander of Nigerian Army, had exhibited exemplary courage in the Congo when as the commander of the UN peace keeping force he flew into an enemy territory to negotiate the release of his soldiers taken captives by soldiers loyal to Tshombe. It becomes rather criminal that after what Ironsi suffered in the hands of the mutinous soldiers led by Danjuma,he is still being vilified.
    This type of unguarded utterance was credited to Maj. Hassan Usman Katsina when he derisively labelled Bafran forces Army of pen-pushers who would be routed in 2 weeks. We all are living witnesses to the intenecine nature of the war which endured for close to 3years. Finally,for Danjuma,he did his part and we do not expect anything better than this clever attempt at embelishing truth. Whatever the case,the Igbo were the fall guys but…

  8. Is Nigeria a nation of laws or a primitive kleptocracy run by ARMED ROBBERS.
    Why was this criminal not courtmartialed, executed or thrown in prison? A so called soldier murdering his commanding officer is incomprehensible to an American mind. I just don’t get it.

    1. Why were innocent senior officers murdered in the beds that unfortunate morning of January 15, 1966? Why were the plotters not court-martialled? Please answer that question if you will.

    2. toochukwu henry | Reply

      Supo i think the problem u have is education. Pls try and get it

  9. Danjuma was the most surviving officer that withnessed the july 29th 1966 coup, why didn’t he spoke all this bullshit in the past years when other officers were still alive? which means Danjuma was happy for the death of his colleagues which gave him an opportunity to frame his lies. Danjuma has “personality disorder” Danjuma is trying to underate Ironsi because he is an IBO man. What Ironsi achieved during his short time in Nigeria Army, T.Y Danjuma at his 72yrs old has never get close to that, rather he can only be identified as a big time Criminal. Ironsi has no blood on his hand, he is not a dictator,He was not involve in stealing the country’s money like other croocked millitary and civillian Head of states after him.He became a Major General by merit while others promoted themseves to six star Generals without being to any war front for 10 seconds in their life time, still this dum ass Danjuma still potrayed him as Desk-Clerk Head of state.The same Ironsi brought all this ungratefull Nothern Soldiers to the coridor of power, just for peacefull sake still they were unsatisfied because they are very much interested in the Goverment treasure, perhaps that was the only way they get rich otherwise they end up in cattle ranching,Begging,Leprosy,cripple and Blindness,cholera,meningitis,AIDS, and other endemic diseases which is God,s original plan and a curse for them. Am still surprise how the first white men settle in that nothern area in between 17 to 18 century.
    Then in 1914 lord Lugard made the greatest mistake known as Amalgamation which forced human beings from south to emerged with uncircumcised bitches of the Notherners which is against our tradition, in order to expose them and civilized them. Then between 1966 to 1970 the aggreement turned to brutality against the south Easterners mainly “the Ibos” who fought relentlessly for the independent of the country.It is very dangerous to keep wild animals as a domestic animal living or migling in the mist of human beign, because one day you will suffer damages.That is what gave Danjuma a ground for staying closer to an Ibo man.

  10. Hey Kennedy,
    Im American as well and I think b4 we bring our self righteous noses into this we must look at the man in the mirror Nigeria is only 50 yrs old search within and see all the atrocities we have commited from without and within. Just saying crimes, evil etc is not an American thing its not a Nigerian thing its not a white thing its not a black thing its a human thing. The human race has serious problems thankfully we continue to evlove and our future generations “might” be able to enjoy the peace found in realising we are all the same in Gods eyes.

  11. IBB and his regime were the key targets of the coupist. Bello and Mohammed had played a lot of parts on judicial killings with IBB and both where supposed to pay the ultimate price as a repercaution of their evil practices with IBB. Bello is dead that’s it.
    AS A HERO; (1)None of these coupist could be regarded as a hero (2) FOR DEMOCRACY; Inyiam was very stupid indeed to frame their coup mission as a way to restore democracy back to Nigeria instead of a way to better their lives and enrich themselves, families and friends as IBB did.
    (3) The bottom line was that Nigeria needs to be re-colonized by western world again for another two century in order to restore law and order which will give birth to the real democracy. We claimed to be an independent nation but the same colonial masters were still benefiting a lot more than what they usually benefit during colonial time. Does this make any sence to you? Attending a university in western world does not made a society to be that wise enough to rule themselves when there is no comon sence of wisdom in their society, these are the factors that pushed Azikiwe and his peers to seek for this senseless independence. Nigeria could had been the greatest if we are still under the british regime. Now the thieves were the greatest of all time in Nigeria and they were well recorgnized and protected by Nigerian laws and authorities. Then how did you expect democracy in such country?

    1. 200 years of recolonisation is a bit drastic! Isn’t that longer than the original period of colonialism?

  12. Correction Please: The above post was made for “Why the Orkar coup failed and how col. U.K Bello was killed” and not for Danjuma interview.

    1. Feel free to repost it in the correct place.

  13. I noticed that 29 July 2011 has come and gone without mention anywhere in the Nigerian or other press? Our collective amnesia may serve us well and the grandees of that fateful day may become very rich and successful in their commercial ventures and so on; yet I can see and hear the blood of those martyred on July 29 1966 crying out to God from yonder and whether we like it or not the continued killings in Jos and the recent Fulani invasion of Benue State underline that the successors and the children of the perpetrators continue to pay a high and very bloody price.

    But Nigeria needs a little bit of candour and brave honesty from TY Danjuma and the survivors of the July 29 1966 coup. Does the General expect any half intelligent person to accept that he was an innocent bystander out to ‘interrogate’ JTU Aguiyi-Ironsi and then what? Set him ‘free’ or take him for a mid-nite swim at the stream in Ibadan? Even his current assertion that a former UN Army Commander was a useless desk clerk is sufficient to discern his frame of mind and attitude towards a brave and honourable man like Aguiyi-Ironsi.

    Yoruba like the intrepid wolf have maintained a silence about Lt-Col Adekunle Fajuyi; did he too sanction the coup of January 15 1966 or was he Igbo or did he kill the much beloved senior Northern army officers?

    However history is reviewed and embellished truth triumphs in the long run; but time is not on the side of the greying general and the earlier he keeps his date with destined truth the easier for his unborn generations.

    1. There is actually lots of literature on the July 29 coup.

    2. Gowon was the only Nigerian head of state that killed his predecessor to assume the office of the president, The same Gowon also planed the assacination of Muritala Mohamed and used Dimka and Bisala to got the job done while he (Gowon) was in London. T.Y Danjuma is an aged Black Monkey with no brain. T.Y.Danjuma should had not open his stinky, dirty mouth to boast about such atrocity that he commited on July 29th,1966. Danjuma quoted that “He borrowed millitary fatigue dress from someone to go and arrest and murder his boss( Ironsi) whom he was getting paid to protect”. “Danjuma also stated that killing of his boss(Ironsi) and other Ibo millitary officers is like an equalizing game” The same Danjuma was claiming that he was innocent of the killing of Ironsi and Fajuyi. Danjuma’s complicated statements here has already shown everyone his level of reasoning, still Danjuma was once Nigerian chief of staff army and defence minister with animal mentality.

      1. Gowon did not kill Ironsi. Also, evidence of his alleged involvement in the death of Murtala is hazy at best.

        1. Gowon is a coe-conspirator on the killing of Ironsi and Muritalla Mohammed as well. Gowon had already visited Ironsi family to appologised his involvement for the the assacination of Ironsi which was clearly said by Ironsi’s wife on the interview granted to her by “SUN” and “Vanguard” newspapper in response to Danjuma’s interview where he potrayed Ironsi as a desk-clerk and useless officer. You can still google and read that version of Mrs. Victoria Ironsi’s interview.
          Secondly, If Gowon was innocent of both assacination as you claimed then T.Y.Danjuma, I.D. Bisalla etc. will also termed as a saint since they did not pull the fatal triger that silenced the Head of State. “When ever you delegate an illegal task to your juniors you are responsible for their action” anytime, anywhere. Gowon’s life was saved because he was no where to be found within the country immediately after Muritalla’s assacination and the mutineers was not kept long enough to voice out more fact especially Dimka. More than fourty people was killed following Muritala’s death but only two or three people really trigered the ransome bullet that silenced the head-of-state..Devil used people to act, there is no creature that named devil other than human beign.

  14. Well 4 now this remains a story. But I tells u that no evil committed by man that will go unpunished, any evil done by man to man must be redress, if not now certainly latter, if not by man then by God, for the victory of evil over good can only be tempera. (Dele Giwa)

  15. Danjuma is the best nigerian hero all this useless Igbo cowards that are criticism which they can’t do anything they can only be posting some useless stories on the net accusing our leaders remember we are not in 1966 now and even now if you are ready to do another Biafra lets start and the national hero danjuma will act on you

  16. Na wa o,walahi this man has no integrity at all.Infact he doesn’t have the brain to head a poultry and this was a man who was part of decisions taken in this great country.and it simmply has shown why Nigeria is still like this. it is obvious.he was just lying ithis is what he said(I told the Adjutant what to do. Soldiers grounded their arms; we disarmed them and armed the soldiers that we brought.)And you went in to Arrest your boss and handed him over to people that eventually kiled him.insha Allah you will live to regret a lot of things before you eventually die and go to hell

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  18. danjuma betrayed his boss……………….i imagine what general ironsi will be telling danjuma and walbe whom he trusted so much. ironsi even promoted him,murtala,gowon ahead of their mates, he even made gowon chief of army staff, murtala commander of signal all to appease them yet they went ahead and killed this innocent man in the most degradable man, he was stripped naked,slapped,beaten, tired both hands and legs until he could not talk or walk and shot dead……………..what a dehumanizing way to kill a peaceful and generous man like ironsi. remember ironsi was not part of the nzeogwu and ifeajuna madness, he actually crushed the coup single handedly with the help of njoky,nwawo,ojukwu and agwuna, beside i believe the coup plotters surrendered under certain condition because the coup was almost 60% successful. nzeogwu surrendered to nwawo under special agreement that might have hindered him being prosecuted immediately. Ironsi was only trying to stabilize the country before he was killed by blood thirsty demons led by danjuma and walbe.one thing is for sure, danjuma and co will die worst death than ironsi and their family will remain misearable and his children will always live to pay for this innocent blood. he may have oil wells and corner contracts but soon it will be his turn to die,including his comrade in crime obasanjo,ibb and co

  19. Danjuma’s account portrays him as a mobster and careful analysis shows his area boy mentality for what is a draw in the senseless killing of people. By his own account,he’s a real butcher and it’s unfortunate that this man has been among some of the characters shaping nigeria’s history. The same reason Danjuma is labeled a hero or what have you that is for murdering his superior officers in cold blood was the reason Peter pan labeled the first coup makers heroes. Danjuma,a serial coup maker relishes in being seen as a patriotic war hero but I have news for him. He never loved Nigeria but blood spilling and tremendous wealth.

  20. I ask again,what is a draw in the senseless killing of people? Danjuma couldn’t tell us why he thinks that Ironsi was among the useless officers left after the january coup. It’s interesting to note how often he blames the Igbo in his account. But we are yet to know how the Igbo prepared Nzeogwu and co to carry out the coup and how the Igbo also planned to install Ironsi and surround him with non Igbo. There had been more coup since Jan 66 and nobody is yet to tell us which of these coups has Hausa, Yoruba, Efik or even Zulu consent. It’s still baffling how a supposedly brilliant officer could turn his weapons against his own people or facilitate the killing of his superior officers all in the name of vengeance. And today at his age, Danjuma still feels the way he felt in the sixties. No regards for his fallen comrades. Let nobody wish Danjuma or his family any evil. He deserves pity.

  21. It is obvious their are a lot of sentiments flying around; for what it’s worth,the General did what was necessary! Blood for blood!
    Politics aside, why did Ironsi have to kill Maimalari, Largema etc? Assuming Kaduna killed only politicians in Kaduna,the turnout would have been a lot different than the backlash!
    It was purely an igbo coup against the North. Unlike the Igbos,the northern clique did not go on a shooting spree blindly! They gathered intelligence , waited long and hard for Ironsi to prosecute the perpetrators and nothing was done!. Now, who would kill your father,mother,siblings,neighbors and then you be apart of honoring that person? And you receive information of his plan to finish you off! Face it,this guy did all this in your turf under your nose! Let’s be fair to the General,don’t be too sentimental

  22. I’m of the opinion that with little information on the Jan coup done mostly by Igbo officers it would be difficult to understand very well the essence of Danjuma’s story. Again I need bear in mind the ages of all the actors including that of July. In trying to deduce reasons certain questions arise. Was the Igbo coup that is if it means planned and carried out by mostly Igbo officers an outcome of a reckless youth political adventure? No doubt the coup was anti north both in planning and execution but why? And what could have been its aim if it had succeeded? Was the north a coincidental victim as a result of its political dominance or was she simply targeted for no just cause? I personally think and share Ojukwu’s opinion that nothing should justify a coup. In assessing Danjuma from his interview I think he is highly temperamental but not wicked. In the charged political atmosphere of the time,he acted his age. Most of us would have done worse. Ironsi was politically na?ve but by not immediately court marshaling the coup plotters, I do not think he supported it. Rather I think he was just playing a father figure trying to first stabilize the country. He wasn’t in a hurry to kill anybody. The way Danjuma walked out of the counter coup scene, I doubt he meant to kill Ironsi. He believed Ironsi was in a position to address most of the problems but failed.

    1. Chukwudie, u made the most sense. In as much as the north went overboard, there was no mistaking that the coup of jan, looked anti north. Why the plotters were mainly igbos, I think is as a result of the fact that igbos were more in that rank of officers. Was the coup an Igbo coup? I don’t believe so. I know two of the men involved and I hope to get to them ASAP, just to know what they were thinking. People like TY, shouldn’t grant such an interview and call his superiors “desk top officers”. Blood, is blood. Ironsi laid down his life for the sins of his officers. He had all the time in the world to escape. Fajuyi stood by his friend and commander in chief. Above all, fajuyi stood by his guest. Do we still have such men in Nigeria nowadays? May the souls of all the fallen heroes rest in peace.

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