1976 Coup: Why I declined taking over after Murtala’s death –Obasanjo

ABEOKUTA—Former President Olusegun Obasanjo said, yesterday, that he was persuaded to take over as Head of State, shortly after General Murtala Ramat Muhammed was killed in the 1976 coup. The then Head of State, Gen Muhammed, along with his aide-de-camp, ADC (Lt. Akinsehinwa), orderly and driver were assassinated on February 13, 1976 while on his […]

Murtala Muhammed: How Dimka was arrested

By Peter Okutu 40 years ago, after the calamitous coup failed, Lt. Colonel Buka Dimka who played a leading role in the events of February 13, 1976 sought refuge in the arms of an old girlfriend in Afikpo in the then Anambra State. An indigene of the town, Chief Jasper Okoro, a native of Afikpo […]

Murtala Muhammed: 40 years after

Tomorrow would make it 40 years since Lt. Col. Buka Dimka and his gang of military adventurers instigated an aborted rebellion against a popular military administration that had quaked political powers not only in Nigeria but globally By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor Those who had the booming sound of the gun shot that early Friday […]

Ministerial Nominees: Forward to the Past? – By Dr. Jideofor Adibe

By Dr. Jideofor Adibe | London, UK  | November 2, 2015 – Not many Nigerians were excited by the list of ministerial nominees submitted by President Buhari, especially the first batch. Given the time it took the President to unveil the nominees – over four months after his inauguration – people were expecting to be […]

Murtala, Azikwe, Balewa’s tombs to become Heritage sites

The tombs of the late Gen. Murtala Muhammed, Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe, Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and the historical site of Oloibiri oil well will soon be declared as national heritage sites. Head of the Department of Monuments Heritage and Sites at the National Commission for Museum and Monument, Mrs. Adama Muhammed, made this known to […]

FG to spend N3.1bn on Obasanjo, others in 2012 (What a waste of public resources)

February 6, 2012  by Olusola Fabiyi and Oluwole Josiah   The Federal Government plans to spend N3.19bn on the pensions and allowances of former Presidents, Heads of State, their deputies, former leaders of the National Assembly and their families in the year 2012. The proposed N3.19bn represents an increase of about N2bn from what was […]

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