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Foundation tasks Gowon on 1966 military coup


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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