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NMTC ’62 Boys still run Nigeria

They joined the Army as teenagers. They rose rapidly thanks to the Civil war and in their 30s were holding plum positions. As septuagenarians, these men are still calling the shots. All of them began life at the Nigeria Military Training College [NMTC]  Kaduna, in 1962.

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They nearly foxed Akinrinade

General Alani Akinrinade may not remember this story. He was involved, no doubt, and my source was a Biafran officer, Gogo Lemchi, whose last major political appointment was, Supervisory Councilor, Nkwerrre/Isu Local Government Council, Imo State while the general served as Army chief between 1979 and 1980.

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Lessons from civil war

We cannot  delete our past especially now that insecurity is threatening the polity. About this time 51 years ago, Nigeria was in turmoil. What started as police action became a full blown war when Lt. Gado Nasko powered the first artillery shots that signaled the beginning of the civil war.

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50 years after Corporal Nwafor

Fifty years ago, a young man fighting on the side of Biafra during the Civil War entered record books when a Saladine Armoured tank was named after him,post humous. Corporal Nwafor, of B Company, 29 Battalion, 54 Brigade under 11 Division became a dead hero among his people.

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Ojukwu, Gowon’s best friend

Friends at war! That best describes the crisis that engulfed Nigeria between 1966 and 1970 for Generals  Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu and Yakubu Chinwa Gowon were  buddies. As young officers, they wined, dined and did so many other things together.

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Time to forgive Gowon

General Yakubu Gowon  will be 84 in October 2018. For a man who became Africa’s youngest leader at 32 in 1966, I am sure in his quiet moments he seeks the face of God to right the wrongs of the past. My appeal to the people of the old East is to forgive him.

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