Biafra: Nzeogwu, Orkar will be honoured in a ‘new Nigeria’ – Fani-Kayode

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Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has shown solidarity
to those who supported the beliefs of Major Kaduna Nzeogwu and Major
Gideon Orkar.

Femi Fani Kayode
Fani-Kayode

Noting that the two late officers fought against injustice and sought
equity and fairness, Fani-Kayode in a statement on Sunday said Nzeogwu
and Orkar would be honoured even in death “in a new Nigeria”.


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His statment reads: “In the early hours of Jan 15 1966, 51 years ago
today, Major Kaduna Nzeogwu, led a coup of junior army officers of
mainly of Igbo extraction.

“Many were killed that night. The coup failed but the issues he, and
later in 1991 Major Gideon Orkar raised in his own coup, are still
pertinent.

“When will the yoke of internal colonialism and subjugation be finally broken in our country?
“I have always condemned Nzeogwu and, to a lesser degree Orkar, but
given what is happening in Nigeria today I have to say that both of them
were not just heroes but men that fought to ensure that we were freed
from what is nothing less than injustice, wickedness and slavery.

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“They failed in their quest for power and they were both killed: one
was shot at the stake by General Babangida’s government and the other
was shot on the war front by Federal troops whilst fighting for his
beloved Biafra.


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“As far as I am concerned, they are both martyrs and their deaths shall never be in vain.

“Continue to rest in peace O Christian soldiers and martyrs of the
faith. In the new Nigeria we shall name streets, buildings and airports
after you”.

ABACITY BLOG recalls that in the early hours of January 15, 1966,
Nzeogwu led a group of soldiers to attack the official residence of the
premier of the north, Sir Ahmadu Bello.

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The bloody coup saw the murder of Premiers of Northern and Western
Nigeria. Others killed were the Prime Minister, a federal minister and
top Army officers from the Northern and Western regions.

However, premier of the Eastern region and the Igbo Army Chief were the only notable individuals spared.

The coup failed, and Nzeogwu was arrested in Lagos on January 18, 1966.

In his coup speech, Nzeogwu said “Our enemies are the political
profiteers, the swindlers, the men in high and low places that seek
bribes and demand 10 percent; those that seek to keep the country
divided permanently so that they can remain in office as ministers or
VIPs at least, the tribalists, the nepotists, those that make the
country look big for nothing before international circles, those that
have corrupted our society and put the Nigerian political calendar back
by their words and deeds.

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“Like good soldiers, we are not promising anything miraculous or
spectacular. But what we do promise every law abiding citizen is freedom
from fear and all forms of oppression, freedom from general
inefficiency and freedom to live and strive in every field of human
endeavour, both nationally and internationally. We promise that you will
no more be ashamed to say that you are a Nigerian”.

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