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Foundation tasks Gowon on 1966 military coup

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The Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) has challenged General Yakubu Gowon to speak on the 1966 military mutiny referred in many quarters as an Igbo coup.

During the launch of a book entitled, The Nigerian January 15, 1966 Coup and Biafra, Myths and Realities in Umuahia, ADF President and the literature’s Editor-In-Chief, Professor Uzodinma Nwala, noted that the piece was a product of two-year research geared at unravelling the undercurrents associated with the putsch.

The foundation submitted that General Gowon, being next to the late General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi, was in a better position to either confirm or dismiss the ethnicity tag to the uprising.

According to Nwala, “ before ADF commissioned the research through which this book was produced, a letter was first written to General Yakubu Gowon, the Nigerian war-time leader, to tell the world the truth of those events – the January 1966 coup and the subsequent incursion of Biafra troops into the Midwest.”


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