“HISTORY: Read What Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Told NDIGBO In 1966”
“Now you can kill your Prime Minister and the Ndigbos will NEVER rule Nigeria”. Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (1966).
They arrested him, abducted him and took him to a number of places in Lagos before finally taking him to the bush. Once they tortured him, beat him and humiliated him. They even forced him to drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes – things that he had never done before in his life because he was a good Muslim.
When they finished having their way with him and having their fun, he gently asked them for permission to pray which they mockingly granted.
After he finished praying he said “Igbos, Igbos, Igbos” and made the following pronouncements on them, in very strong terms. He said, the Ndigbos would never rule Nigeria, they would be scattered, they would be hated, they would suffer tragedy after tragedy and they would suffer scorn and disdain from their compatriots forever.
Prime Minister, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa looked at them (Igbos) courageously in the eye and said ” now you can kill your Prime Minister. ”
It was under these unfortunate circumstances that Sir Tafawa Balewa, Nigeria’s first Prime Minister, died in the hands of a group of very young and ruthless Igbo Army mutineers led by Major Emmanuel Ifeajuna and Captain Okafor in Lagos on the night of Jan 15th 1966 “.
– ( John B. Macintosh).
The above narrative is attributed to John B. Macintosh, who is most likely a British Citizen. The account of the humiliation of Alhaji Tafawa Balewa is bogus. John B. Macintosh is either a ghost name, an MI6 agent or must have been driving the car that transported the Prime Minister.
It is obvious that the blogger’s intent is to intensify the hatred against the Igbos. You cannot hate the most industrious and hardworking part of your brain and expect to succeed in life!
It is an open secret that most Nigerian Muslims drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes. My friends narrated how their Alhaji friends will visit them in the North and smuggle home alcohol in soft drink containers. It is unthinkable that soldiers engaged on such a serious mission will have time to stock their vehicles with alcohol and tobacco for their victims!
Because of the accounts of the events of January 15, 1966, Igbos are being persecuted for a coup that was meant to enthrone meritocracy in Nigeria. There were more Igbo Army Officers involved in the coup because Igbos constituted the créme de la créme of the officer corps.
Naira which means, “Never Allow Illiterates Rule Again” was corrupted to mean, “Never Allow Igbos Rule Again,” based on the foregoing false account.