Tag Archives: Post-Colonial Era of Nigerian History

This era of Nigerian history began with the independence of Nigeria in 1960.

Execution of General I.D Bisalla and other Feb. 1976 coup plotters (with photos)

General Bisalla being tied to the stake
General Bisalla being tied to the stake

General Iliya D. Bisalla was executed along 30 other officers on March 11, 1976 for being involved in the February 13, 1976 abortive coup in which General Ramat Muhammed Murtala was killed. They were executed at the Kirikiri prison shooting range. General I.D Bisalla allegedly claimed that he was innocent and so he needed no priest for prayers because he believe he will make heaven.
See more photos and the list of officers executed below Continue reading Execution of General I.D Bisalla and other Feb. 1976 coup plotters (with photos)

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Margery Michelmore- The lady whose postcard sparked outrage in Nigeria in 1961

Margery Michelmore
Margery Michelmore | Life Magazine, 1961

Margery Michelmore came to Nigeria in 1961 for the Peace Corps training at the University of Ibadan. She was not used to the life in Nigeria and she couldn’t keep this to herself. So on October 14, 1961, Margery Michelmore Heffron wrote a postcard to a friend back home in the United States of America stating the “squalor and absolutely primitive living conditions” of Nigeria. She said she was totally cut off from the world. Continue reading Margery Michelmore- The lady whose postcard sparked outrage in Nigeria in 1961

1999 Toronto Saga: How Former Speaker, Salisu Buhari, Declared False Age and Forged University Certificate

Salisu Buhari
Salisu Buhari

On the 3rd of June, 1999, Salisu Buhari, a young Nigerian business man who made his fortune dealing in computers, was elected as the Speaker of the House of Representatives in Nigeria, a position which constitutionally made him the number 4 citizen in Nigeria. Unknowing to his colleague, the government and the whole of Nigeria, Salisu Buhari was not qualified for the position he held. Continue reading 1999 Toronto Saga: How Former Speaker, Salisu Buhari, Declared False Age and Forged University Certificate

The Assassination of Kudirat Abiola in Lagos on June 4, 1996

Kudirat Abiola
Kudirat Abiola

Alhaja Kudirat Abiola was the beautiful wife of the late business mogul and respected politician, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola. She was very active and socially conscious during her days. The tireless support she gave to her husband, M.K.O Abiola, when he was incarcerated pulled the string of her death. On the 4th of June, 1996, Kudirat Abiola was assassinated by some gunmen in Lagos allegedly on the orders of the Sani Abacha military junta. Continue reading The Assassination of Kudirat Abiola in Lagos on June 4, 1996

The Story Of Gloria Okon, Nigeria’s Controversial Female Drug Smuggler

Gloria Okon
Gloria Okon

On the 22nd of April, 1985, the National Security Organization (NSO) arrested a 35-year-old lady named Gloria Okon at the Aminu Kano International airport for smuggling substances suspected to be heroin and other kinds of hard drugs. She was about to leave Nigeria for England when she was caught with 56.70 grammes of the substances, 301 dollars, 60 pounds sterling, N20,000 and 19,000 Italian lira. Continue reading The Story Of Gloria Okon, Nigeria’s Controversial Female Drug Smuggler

How Ibrahim Babankowa Found Tafawa Balewa’s Decomposing Body Along Lagos-Abeokuta Road

Ibrahim Babankowa
Ibrahim Babankowa

Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa’s decomposing body was found in a bush near a village along Lagos-Abeokuta road on January 21, 1966, six days after he was abducted during the January 15, 1966 coup which was the first of its kind in Nigeria. Here is Ibrahim Babankowa’s account of how he tracked and found the bodies of Tafawa Balewa, Okotie Eboh and others.

Continue reading How Ibrahim Babankowa Found Tafawa Balewa’s Decomposing Body Along Lagos-Abeokuta Road

January 21, 1966- Tafawa Balewa’s Dead Body Was Found Along Lagos-Abeokuta Road: True Story

 

Tafawa Balewa

On the 15th of January, 1966, Nigeria witnessed her first military coup d’état in which notable politicians were killed and some others went missing. Among those who were declared missing was the first and only Prime Minister of Nigeria, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. He was abducted during the coup d’etat and taken off to an unknown destination. There was a nationwide search for the Prime Minister but he could not be found; not until January 21, 1966, six days after the coup, that the decomposing body of Tafawa Balewa was found lying with other bodies, one belonging to Festus Okotie Eboh, the Finance Minister, in a village along Lagos-Abeokuta road. Continue reading January 21, 1966- Tafawa Balewa’s Dead Body Was Found Along Lagos-Abeokuta Road: True Story

Head of State Lt-General Olusegun Obasanjo’s Speech Following The Execution of February 1976 Coup Plotters Led By Dimka

Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo

On the 15th of May, 1976, the plotters of the February 1976 abortive coup (in which Gen. Murtala Muhammed was killed) led by Lieutenant Colonel Buka Suka Dimka were executed at the Kirikiri Maximum Security Prison in Lagos. Below is Lt-General Olusegun Obasanjo’s speech after the execution.

 

The Supreme Military Council has been meeting to consider, among other things the conclusions of the Military Tribunal appointed by the Federal Military Government to try those involved in the abortive coup of February 13. Continue reading Head of State Lt-General Olusegun Obasanjo’s Speech Following The Execution of February 1976 Coup Plotters Led By Dimka

Malcolm X’s Visit To Nigeria In 1959 And 1964

Malcolm X at the University of Ibadan, 1964
Malcolm X at the University of Ibadan, 1964

Malcolm X, originally born Malcolm Little, was a notorious African-American hooligan who later became a world known human right activist and Islamic leader.

Malcolm X visited Nigeria on two occasions, one in 1959 and the other in 1964. His first visit to Nigeria in 1959 was to arrange a tour for Elijah Muhammad, the leader of ‘Nation of Islam‘, a black Muslim organization in America. Malcolm X’s second visit to Nigeria was in 1964. Continue reading Malcolm X’s Visit To Nigeria In 1959 And 1964

The True Story of the “Ghana Must Go” Saga in 1983

Jerry J Rawlings at Tema Harbour
Jerry J Rawlings at Tema Harbour | Abiyamo

Growing up in Nigeria, Ghana and other neighboring countries, you must have heard of the popular term “Ghana Must Go“. Yes! It is the name of a common big bag used to store things or pack loads when traveling. But have you ever wondered why this bag, called “Chinatown tote” in USA and “Tuekenkoffer” in Germany, is called “Ghana Must Go” in Nigeria and Ghana? Well, someone did not just sit and coin the name for the bag, a real life incident that happened in Nigeria back in 1983 christened the bag “Ghana Must Go”.

In 1983, during the democratic regime of President Sheu Shagari, the federal government of Nigeria ordered a mass deportation of illegal immigrants living in Nigeria due to the atrocities most of them were reportedly perpetrating in the country. More than half of the deportation victims were Ghananians who had come to Nigeria in search of better living in the 1970s when Nigeria was experiencing oil boom and Ghana, political and economic hardship. The Nigerian government did not just wake up one day to expel over 2 million Africans, there were certain factors (one mentioned above) that culminated in the expulsion. Continue reading The True Story of the “Ghana Must Go” Saga in 1983

How Prophet Daniel Abodunrin Was Torn Apart By Lions at U.I. Zoo In 1991

Prophet Daniel Abodurin's Corpse
Prophet Daniel Abodurin’s Corpse | Abiyamo

Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state, is the largest city in Nigeria and the third in Africa after Cairo and Johannesburg. The city which lies in the south-western part of Nigeria is known for its rich and fascinating cultures, lifestyle, history and spellbinding tourist destinations. One of the most visited tourist destinations in Ibadan is the University of Ibadan zoological garden which proudly houses different animals ranging from lions to rabbits. It is a popular custom of many families living in Ibadan to visit the zoo during festive periods to hang out and have fun as well. So, on a fateful (later bloody) day in the Easter season of the year 1991, visitors stormed the U.I zoo as usual to enjoy the serene environment of the enclosure and have fun seeing different animals they have only seen on screens. Of all the animals in the zoo, the lions attract the highest number of visitors. It can even be concluded that a visit to U.I zoo without seeing the lions is not complete. Continue reading How Prophet Daniel Abodunrin Was Torn Apart By Lions at U.I. Zoo In 1991

Nigeria at 1994 World Cup Tournament (Pictures, Video and Full Squad Included)

Nigeria at 1994 World cup
From left to right (2nd row): Okechukwu Uche (5), Samson Siasia (12), Augustine Eguavoen (2), George F (7), Chidi Nwanu (6), Peter Rufai (1). From left to right (1st row): Rashidi Yekini (6), Emmanuel Amunike (11), Sunday Oliseh (15), Benedict Iroha (3), Daniel Amokachi (14)

For the first time in the history of football, Nigeria participated in the FIFA world cup tournament held in USA in 1994 after many years of failed attempts. The Nigerian players were very determined and put in all their efforts to win the cup. With burning enthusiasm, the Nigerian team, coached by Clemens Westerhof, topped their group (Group D) followed by Bulgaria, Argentina and Greece. Continue reading Nigeria at 1994 World Cup Tournament (Pictures, Video and Full Squad Included)

Nelson Mandela’s Visit to Nigeria in 1993 (Photo And Video)

Nelson Mandela in Nigeria
Nelson Mandela’s arrival in Nigeria

On the 11th of February, 1990, the Deputy President of the African National Congress (ANC), Nelson Mandela, was released from prison after serving a long sentence for committing sabotage against South Africa’s apartheid government. To show gratitude, Nelson Mandela visited all African nations that supported him in the anti-apartheid struggle. And of course, Nigeria was among. Back in 1962, Mandela had ran to Nigeria to avoid being arrested by the apartheid government of South Africa, and Continue reading Nelson Mandela’s Visit to Nigeria in 1993 (Photo And Video)

Letter from Lt. Col. Ojukwu to Lt. Col. Victor Banjo commanding him to liberate Western Nigeria

Ojukwu declaring Biafra
Ojukwu

This is the letter the Commander in Chief of the Biafran Armed Forces, Lt. Col. Odumegwu Ojukwu wrote to Lt. Col. Victor Banjo commanding him to invade and liberate Western Nigeria (Yorubaland) from the “Hausa/Fulani dominated Nigeria”.

 

From: The Military Governor,
Republic of Biafra Enugu,
22nd August, 1967.
My dear Victor, Continue reading Letter from Lt. Col. Ojukwu to Lt. Col. Victor Banjo commanding him to liberate Western Nigeria

An Interview Given By Major Kaduna Nzeogwu in April 1967

Kaduna Nzeogwu
Kaduna Nzeogwu

Below is Major Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu’s last and famous interview with Mr. Dennis Ejindu of ‘Africa and the World‘ few months before the outbreak of the Nigerian civil war.

 

Ejindu: I am glad to meet you, Sir. How would you feel if you knew that you are being regarded as a hero?

 

Nzeogwu: Very pleased naturally. But the truth is that I am not a hero. If there was any famous Major Nzeogwu, I have never heard of him.

 

Ejindu: It is rumored that you have just finished writing a book, what is it like?

 

Nzeogwu: Good gracious! Ninety-nine per cent of all the stories you hear in this country are false. I have not written any book because there was nothing to write about. You can only write about a finished job. It would have been a useful means of warding off boredom though, but one did not do it for the fear that the authorities might seize the papers. However I had enough time to make detailed notes on what happened, and one might use them if in future there was any need to write something.

 

Ejindu: Before you went into prison, the cloud was so clear above this country that one could see very far into the future. Now that you are out, what do you see? Continue reading An Interview Given By Major Kaduna Nzeogwu in April 1967