Monday, September 29, 2008

Buhari’s coup, northern agenda against Ndigbo — Uwechue

Champion Newspapers Former Presidential Adviser on Conflict Resolutions in Africa, Ambassador Ralph Uwechue, has said that General Muhammadu Buhari’s coup of 1983 that toppled the Shagari administration was actually a plot by some northern elements to stop former Vice President Alex Ekwueme from succeeding Shagari by the time his tenure would have elapsed in 1987.

Uwechue, who stated this in a lecture at the Igbo Students Renaissance Day organised by the Confederation of Igbo Students (CIS) in Enugu, said the masterminds of the coup had considered as unacceptable the prospect of an Igboman taking over the leadership of the country not very long after the civil war and thus chose to stop it from becoming a reality.