The media is once again agog, following yet another daring assertion by Chief Femi Fani-Kayode,. former aviation minister and special aide to Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.
Chief Fani-Kayode said on Sunday, January 15, that Major Kaduna Nzeogwu a junior army officer of mainly of Igbo extraction who led a coup in 1966 is a martyr and that his death he will not forget.
This claim sparked a lot of debate and is still generating so much heated argument.
Fani-Kayode said the death of Major Kaduna Nzeogwu and that of Major Gideon Orkar shall never be in vain.
In his message, FFK asserted that Major Patrick Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu, was a Nigerian military officer who played in leading role in the January 15, 1966 military coup, an event which was said to have ‘derailed Nigeria’s nascent democracy and introduced military rule to Nigeria’
When will the yoke of internal colonialism and subjugation be finally broken in our country?
"Nzeogwu was born in the Northern Region’s capital of Kaduna to Igbo immigrant parents from Okpanam near Asaba in Delta State.
what is happening in Nigeria today (injustice, wickedness and slavery) Nzeogu and Okar fought against. On April 22, 1990 Major Gideon Gwaza Orkar staged a violent coup against the government of General Ibrahim Babangida .
Orkar and his conspirators seized the FRCN radio station, various military posts around Lagos and the Dodan Barracks, Lagos, the military headquarters and presidential residence.
Babangida was present when the barracks were attacked but managed to escape by a back route. In his coup address, Orkar called for the cut off of five northern states.
However, the coup was crushed by the Babangida regime and Orkar was executed.
The Martyr Nzeogwu
“In the early hours of Jan 15 1966, 51 years ago today, the man in this picture, Major Kaduna Nzeogwu, led a coup of junior army officers of mainly of Igbo extraction.
Many were killed that night. The coup failed but the issues he, and later in 1991 Major Gideon Orkar raised in his own coup, are still pertinent. When will the yoke of internal colonialism and subjugation be finally broken in our country?
Judged from afar
I have always condemned Nzeogwu and, to a lesser degree Orkar, but given what is happening in Nigeria today I have to say that both of them were not just heroes but men that fought to ensure that we were freed from what is nothing less than injustice, wickedness and slavery.
They failed in their quest for power and they were both killed: one was shot at the stake by General Babangida’s governmrnt and the other was shot on the war front by Federal troops whilst fighting for his beloved Biafra.
As far as I am concerned they are both martyrs and their deaths shall never be in vain. Continue to rest in peace O Christian soldiers and martyrs of the faith. In the new Nigeria we shall name streets, buildings and airports after you”
Media goes berserk
Following his call to make martyrs of Major Nzeogwu and the likes, Nigerian have reacted, in very heated debates. Below are what Nigerians are saying about the Nzeogwu martyr issue.
Ezugwu Chigbo said: The Hausa's will never see them as hero's because they killed the corrupt brothers, corruption started from northerners and they now see it as part of them
Shehu Abubakar was of the opinion that that are "Martyrs in the eyes of thieves"
According to Abdulkarim Jibrin, "The son of a traitor is also called a traitor,Ojukwus bed sharer,thief.include your father in the matyredom as well fool..just imaging taging them #christian matyres just because they kill Northern muslims#"
Anioje Henry said: "Nzeogwu is my hero. He fears no face! I am proud of this lion from my Delta state. There are many Nzeogwus under incubation. The struggle continues.
Gideon Orkar believes in action than words. G Orkar geographical boundaries are ordained by God. Beneficiaries from Nigerian repressive government's are already trembling with the increasing demand for the implementation of the Orkar declaration."
Justine Osuagwu said: God bless ur boldness! You are truly an exceptional person, history can't just be forgotten , our present days with this wicked leader(buhari) tells it all, how can all the force in Nigeria their heads no one is south east or south south person 99% is the northern what kind of wicked and barbaric act . Apc will hear the voice of the youth soon! "
"Am studying oversea I can't even withdrew money here from my Nigeria account with my card! This is wicked ! Once again sir God bless u and keep u strong."
Kunle Matanmi Al-bashir said: "That single action was rewarded with massacre of over one million igbo during the civil war.then who is the looser. These people are listening to someone who share the same bed with ojukwu. What a shame."
Sugar B'sugar said: "Fani is an agent of violence.crisis.confusion.fani is never reliable.i pity igbos dat are dancin to his tune."
Majeed Suleiman was of the opinion that "An idle mind is the devil's workshop. FFK is broke and want to remain relevant. Keep on churning out the inciting write up. The more you churn out the more you belittle your self!"
Emeka Alaribeh stressed that: "Nzeogwu was destroyed by the imperialist capitalist west,with the hands of the puppets ignoramus that they've been using to undermined Africa, he was one of the shinning rocks of Africa that could had enlighten the rest of the black race, he dambled into the fundermental of corruption in this country and the pillar of it,which happens to be Ahmadu Bello, yeah a bloody puppet in the hands of the west,he naively cut of the shrub,while the roots are spread deep down,the imperialist used the much dirt that always cover the shinning gem,to bury it,never shall it glitter again.
This is similar in Africa e.g. Patrice Lumumba, Thomas sankara,etc They were all destroyed by those they tried to enlighten."
Saifullahi Yakubu said: "I'm tired to be part of a nation called" Nigeria". Nigeria h'v already expired, Nigeria has to be divided into Muslim and Christian country. This man needs to know that we noted his comments and he must be charged with treason bcos of his insighting "
Ibrahim Isiyaku said: "Surely they died for nothing & almighty god will grieve them. May their soul rest in hell fire. They brutally cut down our great men for just no cause, they're nothing but drunkard, filt people. Igbos wil never rule this country again."