A lot has been said recently about the death of Nigeria’s first Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. A few weeks ago, Matthew Mb u (a former Minister) alleged that Balewa was not killed by soldiers during Nigeria’s first military coup as has been alleged, but actually died of an asthma attack while under their custody. See:
Then Femi Fani-Kayode (son of “Fani Power:) posted a rebuttal of Mbu’s claims:
Things have now taken another turn with The Nation newspaper alleging that Balewa was killed up to five days after the coup. Read on:
*UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 27*
The Nation has interviewed two more witnesses. An actual participant in the coup alleges that Balewa was shot:
……and another witness claims the PM was NOT shot:
Interview with Balewa’s son
Interview with retired security office Alhaji Mohammed Gambo Jimeta
Interview with police officer that found Balewa’s body
Statement of Balewa’s ADC to the Police
Matthew Mbu apologises for his comment about Balewa’s death
Official Federal Military Government Announcement of Balewa’s death:
Discovery of Balewa’s Body:
Claims that Balewa was killed FIVE DAYS after Jan 66 Coup
The revent Balewa news took a bizarre twist when a man claiming to be the former PM’s son waskidnapped, then freed by security forces – only to be disowned by Balewa’s family who claimed no knowledge of him!
This is a nice selection of videos. The first is a series of old clips from famous Nigerians, including one of the Sardauna of Sokoto Ahmadu Bello who speaks in an impeccable old school British accent.
These three videos are a run down of Nigeria’s leaders over the years starting from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa through to the current incumbent, President Yar’Adua. Also click the “Nigeria’s Leaders” and “Nigeria’s Great Speeches” pages on this site if you want to see more regarding these personalities.