of the exit notable nationalists in the Nigeria’s democratic struggles.
world precipitated by the ideological rivalry between the Western and Eastern blocs coincides with killings of prominent Nigerian nationalists who also struggled to see the nation freed from the
arbitrary rulership of her colonial master, Great Britain.
who facilitated the nation’s independence “On a platter of gold” who were brutally killed, barely six years of independence and three years
of Republican attainment in the first military coup de’tat on 15 January 1966.
Minister, Chief Festus Okotie-Eboh, Finance Minster, Nwafor Orizu, Senate President, Michael Okpara, Premier of Eastern region, Chief
Samuel Ladoke Akintola and Sir Ahmadu Bello, Premier of Northern region and Sardauna of Sokoto among others giving their people the desired system of governance.
election crises which posed security threat on the nation’s survival at such tender stage of statehood.
coup changing the nation’s political landscape in reaction to the happenings in Africa countries such as; Egypt and Togo among others termed “Bush fire effect”.
study abroad for a year at the University of London’s Institute of Education.
elected in 1946, to the colony’s Northern House of Assembly, and to the Legislative Assembly in 1947.
Accounts revealed that in 1952, Balewa was made Minister of Works, and later served as Minister of Transport, in 1957, he was elected Chief
Minister, forming a coalition government between the NPC and the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons, NCNC, led by Nnamdi Azikiwe.
favour of Jaja Wachuku who became, from 1961 to 1965, the first substantive Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Commonwealth Relations, later called External Affairs.
secondary education. He later joined the British Bata Company, as a clerk.
Warri Ports Advisory Committee and the Sapele Township Advisory Board.
owning a few schools. In 1951, after some influence from Azikiwe, he contested for a seat and was elected into the western region House of
consequently met his waterloo in the 1966 coup de’tat.
Born in Rabbah, Sokoto State by a district head, Mallam Ibrahim Rabah in 1909, young Ahmadu received his education first at the Sokoto Provincial School, the only modern school at the time in the Sokoto province.
He later proceeded to the Katsina Teacher’s Training College. After spending five years at Katsina, he was appointed by the Sultan to
become a teacher at the Sokoto Middle School, his former school which had undergone rapid transformation. Historical accounts disclosed that in 1934, he was made the District Head of Rabbah, four years later; he was promoted and sent to Gusau to become a divisional head. In 1938, he made an unsuccessful bid to become the new Sultan of Sokoto. The successful sultan immediately conferred upon Sir Ahmadu Bello the traditional, now honorary, title of Sardauna of Sokoto and elevated him to the Sokoto Native Authority Council.
Chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola
coalesced to form the first government of the newly independent country. Rather than join the government Awolowo led the AG into the
to join the coalition government. Akintola felt the Yoruba people of the West were losing their pre-eminent position in business, university and administration in Nigeria to the Igbo people of the
East simply because the Igbo-controlled NCNC had joined the government and the AG had not.
accused by Chief Awolowo of trying to supplant him as Leader of the party. In May 1962 with the Western House of Assembly set to remove
Akintola after the party had earlier passed a vote of no confidence in the premier in a party meeting, crisis erupted on the floor of the
headed by the Prime Minister Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa to declare State of Emergency rule in the Western region and Chief (Dr.) M.A Majekodunmi, the Federal Minister of Health was appointed as
called Nigerian National Democratic Party, NNDP, which was in an alliance with the NPC the party that then, controlled the federal government.”
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