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26th Anniversary of the Orkar Coup in #Nigeria


Today is the 26th anniversary of the April 1990 coup attempt against General Babangida in Nigeria. Rather than rehash the events  (which I have written about before) in this post, I have instead included links where you can read all about the coup in an account by one of its plotters, and another view of the coup by General Babangida’s former Chief Security Officer.

That coup was a watershed in Nigeria, and accelerated the turn of events that led to the insurgency in the Niger Delta, and indirectly to the controversy that followed the June 12, 1993 election annulment, and the “power shift” to the south in 1999.

If you want to read more about the Orkar coup and these tumultuous years, you can of course do so in my book “Soldiers of Fortune: A History of Nigeria (1983-1993)“.

Have a great weekend everyone.

 

 

#Nigeria’s January 15, 1966 Coup: 50 Years Later


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Today is the 50th anniversary of Nigeria’s first military coup. Rather than rehash it I have included video clips and audio interviews below with the key participants that will tell you all you need to know about it.

BBC interview with coup participant Captain Ben Gbulie:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01pgpz4

Interview with coup participant Major Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu:

Major-General Aguiyi-Ironsi’s first press conference:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTK4t2HxEkU&list=PLTCNM3JtW0Ukwz47bhjpSRpN1tm_L7FLu&index=5

President Azikiwe speaks about the coup:

https://www.facebook.com/157457414278806/videos/1853976352865/

Prime Minister Balewa’s corpse found: https://www.facebook.com/157457414278806/videos/1853738186911/

20 years in Nigeria: 1960-1979:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YwzBzEWhSk&list=PLTCNM3JtW0Ukwz47bhjpSRpN1tm_L7FLu&index=17

Ironsi’s funeral: https://www.facebook.com/157457414278806/videos/1100564156634789/


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Live TV Links to Watch #Nigeria #MinisterialScreening


Channels TV:

https://www.youtube.com/user/channelsweb

http://www.channelstv.com/live/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANM-dq5USTc

 

 

NTAhttp://www.nta.ng/live/

 

 

Video Scenes: #Buhari Sworn in as #Nigeria’s President


From Eagle Square in Abuja, Nigeria. A lot of “chatter” about Buhari’s new aide-de-camp (ADC) Lt-Colonel M. Lawal Abubakar (of the military police). People were curious about his white uniform and red cap. Incidentally a military police officer as ADC to the President gives a strong clue as to who is likely to be the next National Security Adviser or Minister of Defence under Buhari. It has been rumoured for a while that former Chief of Army Staff Lt-General Abdulrahaman Bello Dambazau would have a prominent role in Buhari’s government. Well, when he was in the army Dambazau served in…the military police (the same corps as Buhari’s new ADC)…

The military ceremony was led by the Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) of the Brigade of Guards Master Warrant-Officer Kolo Aboko (under the command of the commander of the Brigade of Guards Brigadier-General Anthony Bamidele Omozeje). They presided over the handing over the ceremonial instruments of office (Nigerian flag and armed forces flag from former President Jonathan).

Buhari’s full inaugural speech: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/05/read-president-buhari-inaugural-speech/

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/05/29/uk-nigeria-politics-idUKKBN0OE0SM20150529

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9euJ8Xtu4Iw

#Buhari Version 1.0 and Version 2.0


My article for Cassava Republic’s blog about the impending presidency of Major-General Muhammadu Buhari. What can Nigeria expect from Buhari in his second tenure in government; given how he ruled last time?

http://www.cassavarepublic.biz/blogs/main/29532929-gmb-1-0-and-2-0

Buhari’s return to power is an implicit “you were right, we were wrong” confession by Nigerians to Buhari. Nigerians now understand the devastating consequences of not having someone to curb their and their leaders’ appetite for the corrupt acquisition of wealth. They have turned back to Buhari like a person returning to a childhood sweetheart, after having their heart broken in multiple abusive relationships. – See more at: http://www.cassavarepublic.biz/blogs/main/29532929-gmb-1-0-and-2-0#sthash.fMWXZxYm.dpuf

Over the next four years, Nigerians will find out whether what Abubakar and Tinubu did for Buhari was a gift, or a loan that must be repaid with collateral. – See more at: http://www.cassavarepublic.biz/blogs/main/29532929-gmb-1-0-and-2-0#sthash.fMWXZxYm.dpuf

Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili on BBC Hardtalk


http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p023f9yh

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/n3csw9gz

 

Nigerian State Governors – All 36 States


Another round of elections and swearing in has been completed. Nigeria (as always) managed to survive intact. Here are the new State Governors across all 36 states of the federation…

Key:

ACN: Action Congress of Nigeria

ANPP: All Nigeria Peoples Party

APGA: All Progressives Grand Alliance

CPC: Congress for Progressive Change

LP: Labour Party

PDP: Peoples Democratic Party

NAME

STATE

PARTY

Theodore Orji

Abia

PDP

Murtala Nyako

Adamawa State

PDP

Godswill Akpabio

Akwa Ibom

PDP

Peter Obi

Anambra State

APGA

Isa Yuguda

Bauchi State

ANPP

Timipre Sylva

Bayelsa State

PDP

Gabriel Suswam

Benue State

PDP

Kashim Shettima

Borno State

PDP

Liyel Imoke

Cross River

PDP

Emmanuel Ewetan Uduaghan

Delta State

PDP

Martin Elechi

Ebonyi State

PDP

Adams Oshiomhole

Edo State

ACN

Kayode Fayemi

Ekiti State

ACN

Sullivan Chime

Enugu State

PDP

Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo

Gombe

PDP

Owelle Rochas Okorocha

Imo

APGA

Sule Lamido

Jigawa

PDP

Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa

Kaduna

PDP

Mohammed Rabiu Kwankwaso

Kano

PDP

Ibrahim Shema

Katsina

PDP

Usman Saidu Nasamu Dakingari

Kebbi

PDP

Ibrahim Idris

Kogi

PDP

Abdulfatah Ahmed

Kwara

PDP

Babatunde Fashola

Lagos

ACN

Umaru Tanko Al-Makura

Nasarawa

CPC

Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu

Niger

PDP

Ibikunle Oyelaja Amosun

Ogun

ACN

Olusegun Mimiko

Ondo

LP

Rauf Aregbesola

Osun

ACN

Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi

Oyo

ACN

Jonah David Jang

Plateau

PDP

Rotimi Amaechi

Rivers State

PDP

Aliyu Wamakko

Sokoto

PDP

Danbaba Suntai

Taraba

PDP

Ibrahim Geidam

Yobe State

ANPP

Abdul-Aziz Yari Abubakar

Zamfara

ANPP

Osama Bin Laden Killed by American Forces in Pakistan


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/8488436/WikiLeaks-Osama-bin-Laden-killed-after-tip-offs-from-Guantanamo.html

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/osama-bin-laden-hid-wives-firefight-counter-terrorism/story?id=13507836

Shagari is Overthrown: The Return of the Military


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjsVpTNJGDM

Nice video package about the overthrow of President Shagari in 1983 and Nigeria’s history of military rule. Sorry for the French commentary!

Abacha’s First Speech


Do you guys remember that inconspicuous fellow called Sani Abacha?  Believe it or not, he was something of a key speech maker.  I’ve found this golden nugget video of him making his first broadcast as Head of State in 1993. This is the night he overthrew Ernest Shonekan and took the top job himself. Video footage of this speech was rare back then. So watch and enjoy the wordsmith Abacha. Have a great weekend everyone.

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