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The anatomy of Caliphate colonialism (6)

Now, northern hardliners led by Lt. Col. Murtala Ramat Mohammed wanted full-blown war as the “final solution” to teach the Igbo a brutal lesson and consolidate the north’s domination of federal power, whereas Gowon saw the looming confrontation as an opportunity to cut the “arrogant and ambitious” Ojukwu down to size.

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The anatomy of Caliphate colonialism (4)

The policy of encouraging Northerners to become professional soldiers bore fruit some years afterwards: some of the students Ibrahim Tako Galadima, Yakubu Gowon, Zakariya Maimalari and others, persuaded to enter the army, played significant roles in the consolidation of loathsome coup culture and military dictatorship in Nigeria.

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The anatomy of Caliphate colonialism (3)

That said, it is a classic case of human fallibility that two world class political philosophers, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe and Chief Obafemi Awolowo, failed to rise above their personal egos, rivalries, animosities and disagreements in order to neutralise and thwart Sir Ahmadu Bello’s vainglorious Islamic theocratic intentions for Nigeria.

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