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JANUARY 15th IN HISTORY, THE COUP; A THORN STILL HEALING…Badiru kehinde

JANUARY 15th IN HISTORY, THE COUP; A THORN STILL HEALING”

           Before the end of the day, let me remind you that today JANUARY 15th exactly about 53 years ago is a very important day in the history of Nigeria. “On Saturday, January 15, 1966, a pivotal day in the history of Nigeria” wrote Chinua Achebe in his book, ‘There was a Country’. That evening was a shifting storm for Nigeria. That evening, unbeknownst to most Nigerians, a military coup was being launched that would change Nigeria forever even till today.
            It is sad that this memory is coming now that the nation is a pool of confusion. However, history must be told for Nigeria had not anticipated it aside some creative writers such as Chinua Achebe and nobel laureate Wole Soyinka who like prophets had predicted the doom that was ahead for the newly independent nation. For instance, Achebe’s ‘A Man For The People’. The euphoria which came along with the status of independence was short lived as the civilian government couldn’t live up to the task and responsibilities expected of them. Many young African nations at this time rather than enjoy the rewards of independence were submerged in the disillusionment of seeing their freedom fighters become despots, their once united force becoming broken by the hammers  of greed, injustice and ineptitude and the cracks that came along with it.
          Although the Jan 15, 1966 has been termed by some as the Igbo-Coup. We must however know that on the lips of many Nigerians who lived then to witness the coup would term it a harvest of tragedy. Nigeria as a nation has often been too quick to affiliate every problem to ethnicity, thus, this even affects the way history is viewed. This date and the happenings hereafter are complex and has been a subject of debate for many historians and scholars of Comparative History till date. No wonder, the Biafran agitations is still fresh even till today. This coup led to the death of Nigeria’s first prime minister, Sir Tafawa Balewa.
          The 1966 Nigerian coup d’état on January 15, 1966, was the first military coup that was
carried out in Nigeria by junior officers. Maj. Kaduna Nzeogwu The coup d’état toppled the government of President Nnamdi Azikiwe and Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa thereby rewriting the political, social and military history of the country. The coup, though not completely successful, laid the foundation for coups and counter coups in Nigeria. 8 facts about the 1966 Nigerian coup d’état are attached below as shared by Naij:

1. In August 1965, 1 Yoruba and 4 Igbo Majors were beginning to plot a coup d’état against incumbent Prime Minister Abubakar Balewa.

2. It was one of the events that led to the Nigerian Civil War which started in 1967.

3. On January 15, 1966 Maj. Kaduna Nzeogwu decided to turn a night-time training exercise known as “Exercise Damisa” into a full blown military coup.

4. The coup was planned because according to the Majors, the men at the helm of affairs were running Nigeria aground with their corrupt ways.

5. The senior army officer, General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi, then used the coup as a pretext to annex power, ending Nigeria’s nascent democracy.

6. The officers involved on both sides of the coup are (Conspirators): Maj. Kaduna Nzeogwu (Igbo), Maj. Timothy Onwuatuegwu (Igbo), Maj. Emmanuel Ifeajuna (Igbo), Maj. Chris Anuforo (Igbo), Maj. Don Okafor (Igbo), Maj. Adewale Ademoyega (Yoruba), Maj. Humphrey Chukwuka (Igbo), Capt. Emmanuel Nwobosi (Igbo), Capt. Ben Gbulie (Igbo)and Capt. Ogbu Oji (Igbo).
Government officials include: Prime Minister Abubakar Balewa † (Bageri), Premier Ahmadu Bello † (Fulani), Premier Samuel Akintola (Yoruba), Finance Minister Festus Okotie-Eboh (Itsekiri), Gen. Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi (Igbo), Brig. Samuel Ademulegun (Yoruba), Brig. Zakariya Maimalari (Kanuri), Col. Kur Mohammed (Kanuri), Col. Ralph Shodeinde † (Yoruba), Lt. Col. Yakubu Gowon (Ngas), Lt. Col. Abogo Largema (Kanuri), Lt. Col. James Pam (Berom), Lt. Col. Arthur Unegbe (Igbo), Lt. Col. Conrad Nwawo (Igbo) and Maj. Hassan Katsina (Fulani).

7. Nigerian soldiers led by Kaduna Nzeogwu assassinated 11 senior Nigerian politicians and two soldiers as well as kidnapping three others.

8. Some of those who were murdered in the 1966 coup include the Prime Minister of Nigeria, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa; the Premier of Northern Nigeria, Alhaji Ahmadu Bello: the Premier of Western Region; Sir Samuel Ladoke Akintola; the Finance Minister, Chief Festus Okotie-Eboh; the wife of Ademulegun, Mrs. Lateefat; the wife of the then Premier of Northern Nigeria, Hafusat; Zarumi Sardauna, the Senior Assistant on Security to the then Premier, Ahmed Ben Musa and the Government Driver to the then Premier, Ahmed Pategi.

Written: Badiru Kehinde
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Motivational- “2017: Beyond All, See the Light”

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BEYOND ALL; SEE THE LIGHT

There is a cliche that says, there is light at the end of the tunnel, I turned against that and wrote, ‘there is light even before the tunnel and in the tunnel’. This revealation dropped in my heart in the wee hours of exiting 2016. It means light searches you and brings you to the magnificient promise ahead. The previous year has gone with its tales of recession and depression, thick and thin, strength and failings, promises and silent whispers, broken chords and suspended hopes, delayed promises and convenenants but beyond, there is light.

Don’t fear, the future is secured by knowing the one who holds it. Search yourself, do away with the things and every other thing you have to let go with the previous year. This is the only way you’d see the light in its full glare. Do away with obstructions, distractions, pending plans and unapproved resolutions. You must write them all down this year newly, it is a promise from God this year. There are bigger doors you need to open, bigger pedestals you need to climb, many books you have to write, many songs you have to write and co-write, many art you have to explore, many connections you have to make, many relationships you have to make work,
create or let go, yes there are even many more dreams you have to make into reality. Dearest, ma’s and sirs, it is time to take your boat and cross the sea, it is time to make your wife proud, it is time to put smile on mama’s face, it is time to let your daughter say to her friends, ‘yes! That’s my pa, that’s my ma, they are real super heroes.

I say to you, it is time to prove them wrong, it is time to learn from 2016, refine your experiences, fears and disappointment because you need it all as a lighting torch. You must keep the lights on and fire burning,delay is not delay at all, it’s not time to put the gas off, ignite it. It is time to make your community, society, avenue or province proud, it is time you are announced to the world, it is time to let your talents change lives, reach out to many and bless the world. You are a corner stone, you don’t have to remain rejected.

Beyond all, even as the tempest falls, God is with you, let your soul soar on God’s mercy. Let God lead you. Ask for His will and walk in the light of His glorious ruins and reigns. RISE Up, Stand Tall, let your heart be stead fast, Love all, Love right, Live right. These are the words that cling on the strength of God, It’s Badiru’s, Make it yours too, I have left the message God sent me to the world.

To my esteemed readers, friends, colleagues, family, teachers, researchers, mentors, proteges, scholars, students, brothers and sisters in faith, thank You for 2016. HAPPY NEW YEAR ya’all.

©Badiru Kehinde (Poet,Story teller,Essayist,Freelnace researcher and writer) 2017
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YOUR STORY MAKES THE DIFFERENCE

YOUR STORY MAKES THE DIFFERENCE

This morning I tuned in to my headphones listening to James Fortune. He sang, “you don’t my story”. Some people have seen where God has brought you from but they don’t know where He is taking you to,it is only through the testimonies that they’d believe and see the works of the most high.

Find me a man who doesn’t have a story and I will find you a Nigerian politician who is not corrupt. Every man has a story, what we do not have equally is the opportunity to tell that story. We often find the celebrities come out today on their various social media platforms to share their past of how they’ve suffered, hawking in traffic, serving in restaurants or even scavenging before opportunity caught up with them. We appreciate and love these stories forgetting we have, and are stories ourselves.

The world awaits your story too. It is one which would make a difference. I reach out to millions today to tell you that you must keep on with life, passion and purpose. Your story will make the difference if only you don’t give up at the edge of glory. It may appear now the world isn’t paying the attention to you the same way many wouldn’t give attention to this. There’s a thousand thing you want to say, sing, write, paint or explain to the world but no one cares to listen. Keep on, it is part of the story, a difference will be made through and from you. Happy day.

If you were blessed, share the word with the world.

  ©Badiru Kehinde 2016
(Poet,Fiction writer,Motivational writer,Graduate Student)
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Motivational: MOVE ON

MOVE ON, MISTAKES ARE PART OF THE PLAN!!! By Badiru Kehinde A.
 

      Though it’s true that TODAY is as a result of YESTERDAY, while TOMORROW will be as a result of what we do TODAY, For so many, their PAST is their greatest enemy, cage, prison yard, and witch hunter that they find it onerous to move ahead to the future.
     
        Mistakes are all a part of greatness, errors brings out beauty. Don’t Let the guilt of the Past hold you down. You sure may not be able to fix your past but you still have the ability to determine the future. You are the one in charge, You must let the PAST be gone with the wind, create your future, focus more on it like you’re the camera man taking a coverage of a mass number of people in the White house.

        Guilt does nothing but trap you in the Past forever, envelope your foresight and make your visions for the future more blur. One reason you must move on is because MISTAKES are part of the plan, they were planned by GOD, they were meant to shape you & prepare you for the big game. MOVE ON!!!
MOVE ON!!!
MOVE ON!!!
MOVE ON!!!

“The greatest of MEN today were mistake candidates but they learnt to focus more on tapping into their future rather than their past trapping them down” …Badiru Kehinde

MOVE ON!!!
MOVE ON!!!
MOVE ON!!! …Don’t be trapped, mistakes are part of the plan

Your friend
Badiru Kehinde

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IF (POEM)

If Corpers can’t feed well again,
If Students can’t afford tuition fees,
If our mothers can’t cook good meals again,
If our fathers can’t boast of jobs,
If our sisters are running into prostitution,
if our brothers are heading for cyber-crime,
if our libraries remain empty,
if our leaders send their children abroad,
if back home, our leaders don’t care,
if we are forced to ask,
“Is this Our nation, Are we lost?

Then really, We are lost
  ©Badiru Kehinde

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DELE GIWA: THE MAN IN 30 YEARS , THE JOURNALIST AND THE MIGHTY PEN THAT LIVES ON

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     I’m well sure many don’t even know him, not to talk of remembering him. Well, it’s the configuration the system we find ourselves has made. For history’s case and sake, Sumonu Oladele Giwa born on March 16, 1947 from the prestigious Ile-Ife died October 19, 1986 (Age 39)in Ikeja ,Lagos. He remains the journalist if not the most prominent to have died by a Mail bomb explosion as a present from the demons in governance then.
         We find these demons in the nation’s farmland today harvesting the wealth of the land, milking the nation’s purse dry and uprooting every form of justice and voices of truth. Dele Giwa was a journalist who the government of General Ibrahim Babangida felt was too taciturn over and keen on truth. He died two days after he had been interviewed by State Security Service officials (SSS).He was seen as too revolutionary and  he did this through his Newswatch which was set up in 1984. This paper is said to have revolutionalized Nigeria print media. He was a model of truth, stood for truth and wanted the best for the nation. His pen shed tears today exactly 30 years ago when he was assassinated. This cycle has been, and will continue. Those who stand for truth are either shuffled out of existence, incarcerated or enticed with federal packages which keeps their lips sealed.
       In a nation many have said is not ripe for self-rule and probably needs a recolonization according to Republican candidate, Donald Trump are leaders who plunge the nation’s ship to capsizing and have no dream for the nation and the people. Let Dele Giwa be a model for all of us.  I’m writing this to Nigerians particularly youths who are waiting on the government to make life better and help them achieve destiny and fulfill purpose. Your destiny is in your hands, not that of our leaders. Let me remind you as I end my whistling that the pockets and stomachs are the concerns of leadership in Nigeria, not you or your life. They less have us in hearts. Today, the world remembers Dele Giwa as a hero and a mighty pen that lives on.
        To this end, there are complications behind Dele Giwa’s death which you’d be interested to know, his background and life which is one to draw inspiration from. I drop my gong and sip my emu. Ride on!

©Badiru Kehinde
(Poet, Essayist, Fiction Writer, Grad. Student, Osun Student University)
19/10/16
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