Danjuma Vs Ironsi: A Widow's Curse!

Former Defence Minister and Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma is one distinguished Nigerian whose oratorical vibrancy and intrepid outspokenness marks him out as a courageous man versed in military politics. But sometimes while expressing himself Danjuma betrays the mindset of a man unable to reconcile or come to terms with his moral and intellectual limitations. In the Nigerian politico-military tragedy one doubts if General Danjuma -- much like Babangida, Abacha, Abdulsalami or Obasanjo -- should pass off as a hero.

In an explosive interview with The Guardian newspaper in Lagos last two Sundays ago the reverberation of which has continued across the lenght and breath of Nigeria captioned: "Danjuma: My Role In Arrest And Killing of Aguiyi-Ironsi" Gen. Danjuma drew conclusions that could best de described as controversial. Though what he had to say about General Olusegun Obasanjo like his aborted third term gambit, his failure as president for eight years, his greedy acquisitions and criminal privatisation policy is already in the public domain the Aremu of Ota continues to reap whirlwind having sown vice and vile.

General Danjuma's relationship with his former boss deteriorated more because of economic interests and political differences. The former President was reportedly privy to the confiscation of Danjuma's oil bloc, a blow below the belt which Danjuma took agonizingly. In 1999 when General Abubakar wanted to re-establish democratic governance after the welcome demise of Gen. Abacha Generals Babangida and Danjuma were among those known to have drafted Olusegun Obasanjo, bankrupt and worn out after the Abacha gaol treatment, to succeed Abubakar and ensure the security of their economic interests. That was why Danjuma even threatened to proceed on exile should Obasanjo failed to be elected President.

The best PDP candidate in 1999, former Vice President Dr Alex Ekwueme, was rigged out of the PDP Jos convention. Obasanjo 'betrayed' both IBB and Danjuma in the end. Babangida's preposterous attempt to succeed Obasanjo was dealt a cruel blow by both the civil society groups and Obasanjo himself. And Danjuma fell out in 2003 with OBJ, a man reputed for his primordial vindictiveness and meanness of spirit. As Defense Minister from 1999 to 2003 Danjuma must have had something serious to say about his ex-Commander-in-chief (or Commander-in-thief?). Having worked closely with the Owu Chief in the military General Danjuma is therefore an authority in both military matters and the political tragedy Nigeriana.

For Danjuma, "Right now, we are standing still… for as long as Aremu of Ota is allowed to control the party and to manipulate things, so long will the standstill continue. We need to dis-couple Aremu from Umaru. We have to return PDP to its original constitution where we don't have a gerontocratic and expired former head of state to sit at the centre of the affairs of the country. And we don't have time." Few months before OBJ quit power (in February precisely) Danjuma had spit fire in Kaduna where he picked holes in the much-vaunted campaign of the then President against corruption by asking powerfully: "If a crusader is deficient in integrity, who will believe his gospel?". Today we all know that Obasanjo is not only deficient in integrity but his corruption crusade was nothing more than a smokescreen to cover up his vast corruptly-acquired empire.

Like Orji Uzor Kalu, former charismatic Governor of Abia State and the BOT Chair of the PPA Party, had advocated General Danjuma wants Olusegun Obasanjo returned to prison from where he was brought forward and imposed on the nation in search of democratic solutions to her dictatorship-imposed problems. It may take time but the atrocities of Obasanjo in power may not be overlooked at all times. A time shall definitely come when the Ota farmer would be made to answer to charges of mindless looting of the state and even alleged incest by a son Gbenga.

In the exclusive explosive interview published by The Guardian on Sunday General Danjuma was in his very best eloquent element lambasting Obasanjo and providing clues as to why and how he became "the most toxic leader" we have had since independence. Beyond Obasanjo however the retired General recounted what he knew about how late General G.T.U Aguiyi-Ironsi, former Head of State, was killed in a counter military coup d'etat by Northern officers in 1966 in Ibadan. His role in the assassination of a giant of a man known also as Ironside has been all along very unclear with some people saying he did pull the trigger that silenced General Ironsi.

Describing the assassinated former Head of State as "a useless, desk-clerk Head of State" General Danjuma went beyond what should be accepted by many in the east who still see General Ironsi as a hero. Mrs. Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi, former First Lady, widow of the murdered Head of State took exception to the Danjuma diatribe and she poured her heart out in an interview she granted The Sun in Umuahia last weekend. Fuming with anger in a sharp bitter reaction at both official government neglect and the Danjuma reckless description of her husband forty years after his gruesome murder which provoked the 3-year pogrom against the Igbos Lady Victoria came down hard denouncing both Danjuma and the federal establishment.

Describing General Danjuma as a "blood-thirsty, wicked Igbo hater" Mrs Aguiyi-Ironsi cursed Danjuma invoking vulture to descend on his corpse and devour same. "Yes, vulture! (Banging the table…) For making such a wicked statement against my husband in the paper, that is how vulture will describe him. For a man to make that kind of statement like the kind he made in that paper, it's vulture that will describe him. Vulture will eat his corpse", she told Shola Oshunkeye, The Sun reporter who did the interview. And continuing she declared "Yes, I have to curse him. He deserves to be cursed because I am very, very bitter. Johnny has lived all over the world with people and I have never seen anyone make reference to him that way. Vulture will answer him, not me. He will go before his God and answer for this iniquity. Vengeance is for the Lord."

Picking holes in the assertions credited to General Danjuma in The Guardian interview Mrs Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi described Danjuma as "shameless coward and a terrible liar" who waited till the witnesses (like ADC Nwankwo) to the cruel elimination of the ex-Head of State had died before going to the press with his half truths and bare-faced lies.

Lady Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi's anger is understandable. She remains a high-profile widow with pain in her heart, pain over a loss so painful, the loss of a dear husband and bread-winner so terrible. Trying to remind her of what went wrong four decades ago and the brutal murder of her husband in Ibadan by the Danjumas of this world should be seen as a deliberate ploy by those who see themselves as heros that they are not to re-open old wounds and strike at the fragile and tender heart of an old woman. General Danjuma deserves the curse from the widow if you ask me.

Let me end this piece by quoting the ex-First Lady when asked by the reporter to describe General Danjuma from her vintage position when the latter was only a Major in the Army: "He has been a very sly and cantankerous man all his life. He is a loner. He doesn't move with people. He is a dangerous man. We had always suspected him to be a dangerous human being, going by his strange behaviour and the way he kept to himself most of the time". Is there any other better description?

Sunny Chris Okenwa

soco_abj_2006_rci@hotmail.fr



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Re: Danjuma Vs Ironsi: A Widow`s Curse!
Agidimolaja posted on 02-26-2008, 01:11:50 AM
It is intrestingto note from all records available that there was a grand plan to murder Ironsi and when the plan was perfected, Danjuma was given the green light to execute it and he did.

Lets remember that our now well cherished Muritala Mohammed was the ring leader of those northern plotters and he tried very hard to take over after Ironsi but was prevented,for at least the next ten years when he realized his objective.

By every indication, Danjuma is a bad man. It is on record and shall forever be on record that he is a murderer.

Worst still, it is open wickedness for murderer Danjuma to call the man he murdered in cold blood a useless man.The question is that; is the firstNigerian born Army GOC of the Federal Republic of Nigeria a useless man? But killer Danjuma could not tell us during the interview what is his defination of a useless man.

If I may ask the Jukun military thug; is murdering your Commander in chief a useful act?Was he taught in the various military academies that he attended that it is a useful thing to murder one's Commander in Chief and that for no apparent reason?

But this same Danjuma and other military cowboys ganged up against Dimka, Bisalla etc and executed them,accusing them of murdering Muritala Mohammed. It is unfortunatethat in our Nigeria, the types of Danjuma, IBB, Buhari etc are still walking around freely. These are individuals that have killed and maimed and overthrown governments, an offense for which they too have executed luckless individuals. Where art thou God?

A murderer likeYakubu Danjuma came out in the open to talk so much useless nonsense and he is still walking around freely. When will he be arrested and be tried for his treasons and possibly be executed for his crimes?When is IBB going to be arrested for the killings of Vatsa, Orka etc?Or did IBB not commit the same offense for which he executed several people, including his best friend? When will Buhari be arrested and tried and possibly be executed for murdering Bri. Bako, Ogedengbe etc?

My heart goes to Madam Vitoria Ironsi for another round of pains and insultsshe again has to bear at her age. My heart goes to Madam Ironsi for the pains she is still suffering over thecold blooded murder of her husband while the killer remainsa freeman and talking nonsense.Madam Ironsi ma, may God grant you the dires of your heart, that your curses and pronouncemwnts stand,and may they not be returned back void except if Danjuma demonstrated a change of heart as did a well known member of the coup plotters, our dear Gen. Yakubu"Jack"Gowon.

Madam Victoria Ironsi declared to us thatthis member of the coup plotters,Gen.Yakubu "Jack"Gowon already apologised to her and he was forgiven.Danjuma should do same so as to be spared of the effects of curses by an elderly woman.

A military barrack is today named after Gen Ironsi an indication that he was not in anyway connected with the Jan15, 1966 coup for which he was murdered. Would a useless man be accorded such honour?Let Danjuma answer to it!
Re: Danjuma Vs Ironsi: A Widow`s Curse!
Akuluouno posted on 02-26-2008, 05:18:39 AM
I think that there was no need for Danjuma to open such old wounds. Lately he has been behaving like abull in a china shop. I hope that the angel of death is not about to visit him soon. If God has blessed to reach 70 with his hands dripping of the cold blood of his boss, then he should quietly thank his stars. If vulture will see about his corpse, the jury is still out. But there was no reason for him to talk about his boss in this way. The man should learn to let sleeping dogs lie for now.
Re: Danjuma Vs Ironsi: A Widow`s Curse!
Abraxas posted on 02-26-2008, 08:11:53 AM
Hi, folks!

A Major General's wife that entertains soldiers, from morning to midnight, and claims to know officers of the army down to junior officers, must be something else: maybe she was the women's leader of the military politicians in the barracks!

Quite frankly, with the benefit of hindsight, I seriously doubt if Johnson Thomas Aguiyi-Ironsi was the best person to occupy the position of the head of the Nigerian Army after independence, given the glaring fact that he was severely educationally sub-normal, and cerebrally challenged. As a matter of fact, PARADOXICALLY, Nigeria may have been spared an Idi Amin in the making by his (un)timely death.

As you may be getting my drift by now, it is obvious that the British, on disengaging from their African colonies, planted suitably qualified dim wits (like Idi Amin) to lead their armed forces! Maybe, General Theopilus Yakubu Danjuma was only being frank to a fault with his OBJECTIVE description of a soldier, whose only qualification, (beyond his height!) to be the head of the Nigerian army at independence, was that he was installed by the departing British colonialists as their dependable stooge! Let us take away sentiments from this matter, jo.

By the way, was the son of the late general not, only very recently, the Minister of Defence? Is his mummy being fair to the Nigerian establishment by painting a picture based on selective memory, and self-pity verging on subtle blackmail, while leaning very heavily on ethnic sentiments?

Make I come dey go, ojare, before dem broke my head with grammar, take vulture piss give me, tell me sey na Dom Perignon.

Muchas gracias.

Don Juan-Carlos ABRAXAS (III)
Re: Danjuma Vs Ironsi: A Widow`s Curse!
Edoji posted on 02-26-2008, 17:03:47 PM
QUOTE:
Hi, folks!



Quite frankly, with the benefit of hindsight, I seriously doubt if Johnson Thomas Aguiyi-Ironsi was the best person to occupy the position of the head of the Nigerian Army after independence, given the glaring fact that he was severely educationally sub-normal, and cerebrally challenged. As a matter of fact, PARADOXICALLY, Nigeria may have been spared an Idi Amin in the making by his (un)timely death.

As you may be getting my drift by now, it is obvious that the British, on disengaging from their African colonies, planted suitably qualified dim wits (like Idi Amin) to lead their armed forces! Maybe, General Theopilus Yakubu Danjuma was only being frank to a fault with his OBJECTIVE description of a soldier, whose only qualification, (beyond his height!) to be the head of the Nigerian army at independence, was that he was installed by the departing British colonialists as their dependable stooge! Let us take away sentiments from this matter, jo.


Muchas gracias.

Don Juan-Carlos ABRAXAS (III)


My dear ABRAXAS or what do you call yourself.

The General Thomas Umunnnakwe Aguiyi-Ironsi you found delight in denigrating was the leader (read HEAD) of the United Nations contingent to the Congo in the 1960's. He was a soldiers soldier that acquited himself honorably in the service of the international community.

He may have been "severely educationally sub-normal, and cerebrally challenged", -if you are really serious about that-, but how many army officers (apart from Lt. Col. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu -as he then was) in the early 60's were university graduates?

I don't know the educational attainment of your forbears in 1960 - but Nigeria appears to be the only people that denigrate their true heroes but elevate mediocres!

Otherwise, what qualified Gowon, Murtalla mohammed and the 'beast called man', Olusegun Obasanjo - of the incestous relationship fame - to their position in the society today.

I am yet to hear anyone claim that these soldiers - including our dear General Danjuma - are PhD holders.
Re: Danjuma Vs Ironsi: A Widow`s Curse!
Ozoodoo posted on 02-26-2008, 18:09:11 PM
QUOTE:
Hi, folks!

A Major General's wife that entertains soldiers, from morning to midnight, and claims to know officers of the army down to junior officers, must be something else: maybe she was the women's leader of the military politicians in the barracks!

Quite frankly, with the benefit of hindsight, I seriously doubt if Johnson Thomas Aguiyi-Ironsi was the best person to occupy the position of the head of the Nigerian Army after independence, given the glaring fact that he was severely educationally sub-normal, and cerebrally challenged. As a matter of fact, PARADOXICALLY, Nigeria may have been spared an Idi Amin in the making by his (un)timely death.

As you may be getting my drift by now, it is obvious that the British, on disengaging from their African colonies, planted suitably qualified dim wits (like Idi Amin) to lead their armed forces! Maybe, General Theopilus Yakubu Danjuma was only being frank to a fault with his OBJECTIVE description of a soldier, whose only qualification, (beyond his height!) to be the head of the Nigerian army at independence, was that he was installed by the departing British colonialists as their dependable stooge! Let us take away sentiments from this matter, jo.

By the way, was the son of the late general not, only very recently, the Minister of Defence? Is his mummy being fair to the Nigerian establishment by painting a picture based on selective memory, and self-pity verging on subtle blackmail, while leaning very heavily on ethnic sentiments?

Make I come dey go, ojare, before dem broke my head with grammar, take vulture piss give me, tell me sey na Dom Perignon.

Muchas gracias.

Don Juan-Carlos ABRAXAS (III)



ABRAXAS ,

Someone has taken the bait
Re: Danjuma Vs Ironsi: A Widow`s Curse!
Hamattan posted on 02-27-2008, 02:43:17 AM
Make I come dey go, ojare, before dem broke my head with grammar, take vulture piss give me, tell me sey na Dom Perignon.

Muchas gracias.

Don Juan-Carlos ABRAXAS (III)

Thanks Edoji and Ozoodoo for your matured reply to the comment of the hypocritical tribalist Abraxas. From the above quote of his, it was clear he was expecting people to come to his degenerate level in their response, for that is what puts smile on his face. But good enough, over the years villagers have learnt how to deal with his type in this square.
Re: Danjuma Vs Ironsi: A Widow`s Curse!
Abraxas posted on 02-27-2008, 03:57:31 AM
QUOTE:
My dear ABRAXAS or what do you call yourself.

The General Thomas Umunnnakwe Aguiyi-Ironsi you found delight in denigrating was the leader (read HEAD) of the United Nations contingent to the Congo in the 1960's. He was a soldiers soldier that acquited himself honorably in the service of the international community.

He may have been \"severely educationally sub-normal, and cerebrally challenged\", -if you are really serious about that-, but how many army officers (apart from Lt. Col. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu -as he then was) in the early 60's were university graduates?

I don't know the educational attainment of your forbears in 1960 - but Nigeria appears to be the only people that denigrate their true heroes but elevate mediocres!

Otherwise, what qualified Gowon, Murtalla mohammed and the 'beast called man', Olusegun Obasanjo - of the incestous relationship fame - to their position in the society today.

I am yet to hear anyone claim that these soldiers - including our dear General Danjuma - are PhD holders.


Hi, my dear Edoji, (or whatever you call yourself)!

Please, CUT THE CRAP, quickly!!!

If I may ask: Does being the HEAD of the United Nations contingent to the Congo, despite one's unmistakable handicaps, (like being educationally sub-normal and cerebrally challenged), become the overriding qualifying criterion for being the supreme commander of the Nigerian armed forces, even over equally qualified GRADUATE soldiers like Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, or Emmanuel Ifeajuna, or Victor Banjo, or Brigadier Maimalarin, or several other better educated, refined, and knowledgeable officers of the Nigerian armed forces of the 1960s? Stop being unduly subjective, sentimental, or emotional about this matter, my friend: an officer is just not all muscles and no brains, you know. Or, is it now a crime to be educated? {See me, see trobule!}

Can you now appreciate the root cause of the embedded culture of vehement anti-intellectualism that pervaded the Nigerian armed forces in post-colonial Nigeria, where it seemed like having had a decent education was a damning personal liability, indeed, an unforgivable crime in the Nigerian armed forces? Recall the overt snide remarks made by non-graduate soldiers of the Nigerian army about the then Lieutenant Colonel Emeka Ojukwu, as if being an Oxford graduate was high treason combined with grand felony!

Soldier's soldier, ko: civilian's soldier, ni!

How, precisely, did the then Brigadier J.T.U Aguiyi-Ironsi acquit himself honorably in the service of the international community? How? Please enlighten us. Was the peacekeeping mission in Congo any more gruesome and challenging than those in Liberia, or Sierra Leone, or Sudan? Please shed as much light as you can: I need to learn from you.

By the way, I hope you know that there is absolutely nothing wrong about a soldier having a PhD, or MSc, or BSc. However, there is everything WRONG about the
head of a national army in the mid-20th century not having any discernible educational qualifications beyond PRIMARY school education, more so in an army that had many graduates!

You make it look as if it is very difficult being a school drop-out, or even being a stark illiterate!
In fact one can easily detect airs of benign contempt, and complete disregard for education in you overtly wistful remarks above.

Muchas gracias.

Don Juan-Carlos ABRAXAS
(III)
Re: Danjuma Vs Ironsi: A Widow`s Curse!
Anioma777 posted on 01-27-2009, 12:39:55 PM
Ironsi was more man and braver than you will ever be. Academic brilliance is useless if you archieve nothing with it. Desk clerk or not he was one of the first Africans to be promoted Major General. Not to talk about his exploits in Congo.

Pray non of your parents meet a similar death!!!!
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