Tuesday 21 March 2023


"Now you can kill your Prime Minister and the Igbos 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 there 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" (3 times) and then he made the following pronouncements on them, in very strong terms. He said: "the Igbos 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"

After that The Prime Minister, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, courageously raised his head and looked straight in the eyes of the Igbo mutineers and said: ..."now you can kill your Prime Minister. "

It was under these unfortunate circumstances that Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Nigeria's first Prime Minister, died in the hands of a group of very ruthless Igbo Army mutineers led by Major Emmanuel Ifeajuna and Captain Okafor in Lagos on the night of Jan 15th 1966 ". 

- (John B. Macintosh).

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