This day in history July 29 1966 General Aguiyi Ironsi and Colonel Adekunle Fajuyi were murdered by General Theophilus Danjuma and his men in the West

This day in history
July 29 1966
General Aguiyi Ironsi and Colonel Adekunle Fajuyi were murdered by General Theophilus Danjuma and his men in the West as hundreds of southerners, especially Igbo`s were being murdered on the streets in northern Nigeria. In the following day`s, the casualties ran into thousands. It was termed a counter-coup in retaliation to the Kaduna Nzeogwu led coup of January 1966, 
Even though Aguiyi Ironsi had already arrested and detained Kaduna Nzeogwu and all his fellow coupists, northern politicians could not be placated. They instigated the masses to burn, maim and loot the southerners. They instigated the northern masses to declare "Araba", i.e secession of the north from Nigeria. To force this secession, they killed some more southerners so that southerners can get the message that they are to leave the north and southerners fled indeed but soon as they left and Yakubu Gowon was promoted ahead of at least four seniors in the army to become Head of state, the north made a U-turn. No more "Araba" no more secession.
The situation quickly degenerated into a civil war where millions more Igbo`s were killed because then the Igbos took their turn to ask for secession and they meant every bit of it......
Ojukwu who led the Igbo secession struggle had helped to foil the Kaduna Nzeogwu led coup of January 1966 which at the time was very popular and widely accepted and celebrated even in the north.....
Ojukwu pushed down Nzeogwu in order to lift up Ironsi but it was only months before it all turned around.
All the participants in the January 1966 coup were either killed or served long periods of incarceration in jail.
All the participants in the July 1966 coup were rewarded with promotions, double, triple and even quadruple promotions, juicy appointments and the grace of ruling Nigerian till they breathe their last breath.
General Buhari was a principal part of both the "counter coup" and the civil war.
52 years later, General Buhari is President, having secured your vote via the ballot box for the first term, he is now seeking your vote for a second term.
Don`t ask me how I know these. Ask yourself, "how come you don`t know"?
By
Feyisade Charles Adeyemi 

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