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Gowon Destroyed Nigeria’s Federalism Not Ironsi, Says London Based Woman, Gives Reasons

On the 24th of April 1970, the Supreme Court of Nigeria, led by Chief Justice Adetokunbo Ademola, attempted to curb the draconian powers of the nascent military regime. The Court ruled, in the…

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A London based woman and Indigenous People of Biafra’s Media Coordinator, Carol Munday, has Wade into insertion made earlier made by Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, That Agunyi Ironsi made a mistake to had surrounded to Northern army during his coup.

Carol argued that Aguiyi Ironsi should not be blamed for the destruction of Nigeria’s federalism rather Yakubu Gowon.

The IPOB Media coordinator made the statement on her Facebook, said that the rimes of Gowon and Ironsi gradually consolidated their legal powers through several enacted decrees between 1966 and 1960 but decrees 12 was sustained while others was suspended.

Carol Munday’s post reads: “For those that believe lronsi destroyed Nigeria’s federalism when in actual fact Gowon Administration gutted Nigeria’s federalism.

“The first two military regimes gradually consolidated their legal powers through several decrees enacted between 1966 and 1970. Decree No. 12 of 1967 explicitly dissolved the Federal Parliament and vacated parliamentary offices which had been suspended – but not abolished – following the January 1966 military intervention. In this respect, Decree No. 12, made to have retrospective effect, was a crucial piece of legislation.

“On the 24th of April 1970, the Supreme Court of Nigeria, led by Chief Justice Adetokunbo Ademola, attempted to curb the draconian powers of the nascent military regime. The Court ruled, in the landmark case of Lakanmi v Attorney-General, that the Gowon regime was subordinate to the 1963 Constitution and lacked the legal authority to enact ad hominem criminal laws aimed at violating the human rights of Nigerian citizens.

“On the 9th of May 1970, the Gowon regime declared itself a revolutionary government and abolished the Lakanmi decision – the first time in Nigerian legal history that the Supreme Court was ever overruled. Following from this, the absolute legal sovereignty of the Federal Military Government became firmly established. #BEAD #RootOfMilitaryRegime

 

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Meanwhile, scannews 24 reported earlier that Chief Femi Fani-Kayode blamed Aguiyi Ironsi to had surrounded himself to northern armies during his coup.

The Peoples Democratic Party’s stalwart, said this on his Facebook on Tuesday.

Aguiyi-Ironsi was Nigeria’s military head of state between 17 January 1966 to 29 July 1966, after a coup by group of northern army officers revolted against the government, and he was killed.

Kayode, said Ironsi made a greatest mistake to had surrounded himself to the northern armies during the coup.

His post reads: “The greatest mistake that General Johnson Aguiyi Ironsi made was to surround himself with northern officers in an attempt to appease the north after the faiIure of the Jan.15th 1966 coup.

“Those northern officers waited for 6 months after which they stripped him naked, beat him to a pulp and murdered him in cold blood. They also murdered Colonel Francis Fajuyi who had refused to let them take him.

“After that they went on a 12 hour killing spree and slaughtered no less than 300 Igbo Army officers.

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