– Fifty years after the first military coup claimed the life of Late Gen Aguiyi Ironsi, Ohanaeze youths say Aso Rock should be named after him
– OYC says Late General Ironsi fought for the unity of Nigeria and therefore should be immortalized
– The group calls on the federal and state governments to give attention to the welfare of the family of the murdered Head of state
Exactly fifty years after the first military coup d’etat claimed the life of the then Head of State, Late General Johnson Thomas Aguiyi Ironsi, the Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC) has called on federal government to immortalize the murdered Head of state.
According to OYC, Late General Ironsi fought for the unity of Nigeria and therefore should be immortalized, Vanguard reports. The group urged the federal government to name Aso Rock after the late Head of state in recognition of his invaluable sacrifices for the unity of Nigeria.
50 years after the first military coup claimed the life of Late Gen Aguiyi Ironsi, Ohanaeze youths say Aso Rock should be named after him. In a statement by its National President, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, OYC said: “50 years after tragic death of Late General Ironsi, the federal government was yet to immortalise a man who staked his life to unite Nigeria.
“The federal government should name the nation’s seat of power, Aso Rock after the late Head of state in recognition of his invaluable sacrifices for the unity of Nigeria. “While the masterminds of the heinous act are still moving around and parading themselves as statesmen, the members of Aguiyi Ironsi’s family have continued to wallow in pains and poverty.
“We therefore call on the federal and as well as the various state governments to give attention to the welfare of the family to assuage their pains.” OYC statement comes after it was reported that the family of Late General Aguiyi Ironsi is organizing a memorial service in Umuahia to mark the 50 years anniversary of the tragic death of their father.
According to the matriarch of the family and wife of the late General, Lady Victoria Aguiyi Ironsi, a church service will hold today, July 29, at the Mater Dei Catholic Cathedral, Umuahia, which will be followed by a reception at the family house.
234forum.com recalls that Late General Aguiyi-Ironsi was murdered in the July 29, 1966 counter coup. It is exactly 50 years today that the counter-coup of 1966 was executed by soldiers, largely of northern extraction and one event that stood out in the process was the execution of Late General Ironsi and Col. Adekunle Fajuyi, in Ibadan.
Aguiyi-Ironsi who had emerged the major beneficiary of the January coup d’état was on an official visit to the Western Region where Col. Fajuyi was governor when incensed officers decided to avenge what they considered the iniquitous Igbo coup of January. A gallant officer, Col. Fajuyi would not allow them lay hands on his guests since it would amount to a betrayal and would send out a wrong signal. Rather, he offered to suffer the same fate.