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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Babangida overthrew me to escape probe -Buhari
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari said he was removed from office 31 years ago because he planed to purge the military hierarchy of corruption. Specifically, he said senior military leaders, led by former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida and General Aliyu Gusau, masterminded and effected his ouster on August 27, 1985, to save themselves from a probe, which was hanging over their head like the proverbial sword of damocles. Buhari said he champion the probe via a proposal he wrote to the Army Council.
He said it was after he tabled the proposal for the sacking of Gusau,
then director of intelligence, that Babangida embarked on a coup knowingthat he (IBB) was in line for a probe.
In an exclusive interview published in the current edition of The Interview magazine, Buhari challenged Babangida and Gusau to tell the truth on why they carried out the coup against him.
"I learnt that Aliyu Gusau, who was in charge of intelligence, took import licence from the ministry of commerce which was in charge of supplies and gave it to Alhaji Mai Deribe. It was worth N100,000, a lot
of money at that time. I confronted them and took the case to the Army council in a memo…I wanted Gusau punished," Buhari, who has not spared the military even in his ongoing anti-corruption war, said.
However, Babangida was once quoted as there was nothing in the memo which Buhari submitted to the Army council. "Don't forget that I was one of Buhari's closest aides. I was the chief of army staff. So, I had an important position, an important role to play within that administration. I don't think it had to do with a memo," Babangida said. But in a tone which revealed that the past may neither have been forgotten nor forgiven, Buhari challenged Babangida and Gusau to come clean on why they removed him.
On December 31, 1983, was announced as the military head of state and Tunde Idiagbon (late) his deputy following a coup that toppled the democratically elected government headed by Alhaji Shehu Shagari of the defunct National Party of Nigeria (NPN) three months after being re-elected. Among reasons given forthe action was the need to rescue the nation from the vice grip of corrupt politicians.
However, Babangida pushed out Buhari as head of state following a palace coup announced by the late General Sani Abacha.
Shagari once exonerated Buhari of complicity in the coup that toppled his government, saying, "it was when those boys that overthrew our government were looking for someone with integrity, honesty and fairness to be
the head of their government, that was when Major Gen. Muhammadu Buhari's name came in."
Shagari who was reacting to allegations levelled against Buhari that he overthrew democracy and wanted to be elected under the same democracy that he truncated said: "It was Gen. D.Y. Bali that mentioned his name,
and all of them agreed; Gen Tunde Idiagbon was asked to announce his name when he "Buhari" was not even there, I thought he was in India for a course, Shagari explained that those who overthrew his government were,
Major General Tunde Idiagbon, Major General Ibrahim Babangida, Major General Tunde Ogbeha, Comondore Augustus Aikhomu, Nureni Yusuf, Bridgadier-General Sani Abacha, DY Bali, Lt Col Oladayo Popoola."
Buhari was placed under house arrest for months during which his mother died. For the umpteenth time, Buhari has said he felt betrayed by Babangida, and also upset following his detention which made him miss his mother's funeral in 1988.
THE IGBO RANT
BIBLICAL TRADITIONS OF NDI IGBO BEFORE THE MISSIONARIES CAME TO AFRICA* IGBO 101.
THE IGBO TRIBE AND ITS FEAR OF EXTINCTION
The Igbo: We die for causes, not for personalities
Written by Emeka Maduewesi
~on fb. 28th September, 2016.
The Igbo will never die for anyone. We will not even riot for anyone. But the Igbo will die for any cause they believe in because the Igbo have a true sense of justice and a determination to obtain it.
The Igbo will not riot because one of their own lost an election. Operation Wetie was the Western response to a massively rigged 1965 election. The Yoruba doused fellow Yorubas in petrol and burnt them alife. Properties were burnt with occupants. The Igbo will never do this.
In 1983, the Yoruba went on a rampage again over the massive rigging by NPN. Lifes were lost and properties destroyed. The riots were over personalities.
Contrast that with Anambra State where Chief Emeka Ojukwu was rigged out by his own NPN, who also rigged out Chief Jim Nwobodo. The Igbo did not protest because the goat's head is still in the goat's bag.
In the North, ba muso was the battle cry when Sultan Dasuki was imposed on the Sokoto Caliphate. The riot and protest lasted for days and crippled economic activities.
The Igbo will riot over issues and causes. The Aba Women Riot was over Tax. The Enugu coal mine riot was about conditions of service. The Ekumeku Uprising was over British colonialization.
Those of "Ekumeku" ancestry - Umu Eze Chima and Umu Nri - were at the forefront of the struggles for Nigerian independence, with people like Dr. A A Nwafor Orizu and Chief Osita Agwuna serving prison terms. Any struggles the parents could not conclude is continued by the children by other means.
The Biafran war was a response to the genocide. The war in fact was brought upon us. The battlefield was Eastern Region. The war ended in 1970 but the issues and causes were not resolved. That is where we are today.
The Igbo will also jointly rise to fight evil in their midst. They did it in Onitsha in the 1980's, Owerri in the 90's, and with Bakkassi in the 2000.
The Igbo will not die for any man. But the Igbo will stand by any man who symbolizes their cause and their pursuit of justice. Even if the man dies, the struggle continues, and like the Ekumeku warriors, the children will pick up the baton from their parents.
This is the Igbo I know, the Igbo I am, and the Igbo we are. This is my story. Feel free to tell yours.
RT. HON. DR. NNAMDI AZIKIWE TO DR. CHUBA OKADIGBO (1981)
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