Ex-Biafra soldier, Oyewole gives reason Zik, Okpara, Fani-Kayode were left alive during 1966 coup
Former Nigerian Military Officer of the Yoruba stock, who sided Biafra during the civil war, Retired Lt. Fola Oyewole, has gives reason Remi Fani-Kayode, father of ex-Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode was left alive during the first coup in 1966.
The former military officer, was, imprisoned for the first couple 50 years ago, in Lagos and Enugu before he was later released by Lt Col Odumegwu Ojukwu.
The reason for the coup however, still remains practically unknown and still generates controversy till date. Critics said the coup was lopsided.
For example, Ladoke Akintola was killed in the western part, but then, Nnamdi Azikiwe and Mike Okpara “were not around,” during the coup. With this, most feel it was an ‘Igbo coup.’
With many insisting that Zik and other Igbo leaders, we’re informed ahead of time and left.
Other tribal leaders we’re killed but the Igbo leaders were said to be allowed, to escape.
However, Oyewole while explaining this in an interview with The News, refuted the claims, “I wouldn’t subscribe to that argument.
“They said Zik was ill, he was going for treatment and then he left the country and at the time of the coup, he wasn’t there, whether he got wind or he didn’t get wind of it, I would not know.
“Those who planned the coup must have taken a decision but it does appear that it was not in totality deliberate.”
He added that the order wasn’t to kill but ‘Arrest, secure the key points and wait for further instructions.’
“I give you a specific example, the signal commencing the action in Enugu was delivered that morning and it did say: ‘Arrest, secure the key points and wait for further instructions.’
“And if you are in doubt, that was why Fani Kayode was arrested in Ibadan and brought down to Lagos, they wanted to kill him but what stopped them from killing him in his house in Ibadan was because of the instructions (waiting for further instructions) and he was brought down to Lagos.”