Nzeogwu coup was meant to install Awolowo as prime Minister of Nigeria – Dr Ezeife - Abiodun Lambaba Blog



Saturday, 21 April 2018

Nzeogwu coup was meant to install Awolowo as prime Minister of Nigeria – Dr Ezeife

A former governor of Anambra State, Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife has disclosed that the failed Major Nzeogwu-led coup of 1966 was never an Igbo coup, stressing that it was meant to install Chief Obafemi Awolowo as the Prime Minister of Nigeria.
He made this know at the second day of the Igbo-Israeli Economic Summit titled South East Youth Economic Summit (SEYES) which ended in Enugu Yesterday.
Ezeife asserted that “it is not true that Igbos plotted the 1966 coup. The coup was planned by some elements within the military disenchanted with the drift of Nigeria who felt that Awolowo was in the best position to move Nigeria forward. The problem was that the execution of the coup got awry at some axis and everyone now claimed it was Igbo coup.”

He stated further that “the coup failed and Genral Ironsi carved provinces in Nigeria to help each group govern themselves better. They said that he was running a unitary system and killed him, yet Nigerians practicing the same system for which         Ironsi died.”
Ezeife while responding to question on the issue of menance of Fulani herdsmen in the zone, said there was no need for grazing reserve even in the north, insisting that there are different ranching methods that will ensure, just like the green house, that some grass could be grown within the same ranch using high tech mechanisms and used to feed the cattle without disturbing anybody.
Also speaking, a former Minister of Power, Prof Chinedu Nebo reiterated that youths of the South East can achieve greatness economically if they are willing to learn.

According to hi, “It is what you believe that you are that you actually become. Our youth should learn to survive with or without government patronage. They should learn skills that will make them relevant in every occasion. The Israelis who are her today are giving us ample opportunity to do just that.”
Nebo expresses optimism that whatever happens in Israel economically can be replicated in Nigeria if the people are willing to learn.

The director-General of the Igbo Mandate Congress, IMC, Rev Dr Obinna Akukwe, in his second day to overview of the programme, stated that Igbos should stop complaining about what people did to them and concentrate on how they can open up the economic space of the zone through learning different skills relevant in the global world markets, which the Israelis are willing to assist.
He also reminded the audience of how Ezeife stood for Igbo interests when Boko Harm was harassing Ndigbo in the North.
According to Akuwe “When Boko Haram was terrorizing Sabon Gari area of Kano, and killing Igbos at random, Dr Ezeife was link between myself, Barrister Okplaukwu and Chief Tobias Idiga, putting pressures in certain quarters, until the terrorists left Igbos in Kano alone”.
He stated that “when the position of Senate Presidency was denied Ndigbo after massively voting for Jonathan in 2011, I led groups of protesters to Ezeife’s house and he was forced to urgently leave for Aso Villa that very day to register our displeasure with President Jonathan, and by the night of that day, the President decided to placate Ndigbo with the post of Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Okwadike came back to give us situation report.”
In his remarks, Dr Kaspi Yoram told the audience that the second day of the event coincided with the commemorative day of the famous Six Day War which took place in June 6th, 1967.
Explaining the circumstances of the war Yaspi said that “it look the Israelis only six days to win that war. This was because God was with us and secondly we didn’t have a choice.”
Yaspi expressed willingness of Israeli investors to come to the South East and establish the best medical diagnostic center in Africa that will help in early detection of medical issues.
Dvora Anat Perl spoke on how the people of South East Nigeria can develop their rural areas using simple models which have been tried worldwide. He expresses the readiness of Israeli investors to partner with the South East on rural development.

Architect Emeka Okoye, a pastor and New York-based leading real estate consultant, spoke on wealth creation and how the South East can leverage on numerous opportunities to industrialize the zone.
According to him “We should stop talking of marginalization by Hausa Fulani and start investing. Stop whining, competition does not know your calling. We can create economic power in the South East.”

He also stated that “we need to be righteous in our dealings because righteousness exalts a nation. And kick starts economic progress.”
Bishop Dr Obi Onubogu, former President of Pentecostal Fellowship told the participants not to lose the opportunities which the Israelis brought to the South East. He led the session in prayer and worship for the progress of the South East.
Rabbi Gavriel Ogugua of Redeemed Israel Tabernacle based in Florida, US, advised Igbos to realize their identity with Israel. While Rev Bon Aneke prayed for the progress of the Igbo race.

The well attended event has youths, investors, business leaders and government officials in attendance.
Ambassador Uchechukwu Ekpere Paul thanked the participants on the behalf of Diamond Youth Transformation initiative.

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