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Five (5) Reasons for the January, 1966 Coup in Nigeria

INTRO:  In its simplest terms, coup d'etat can be defined as the unconstitutional and violent overthrow of incumbent governments. Coup d'etat is more often than not, treated with scorn in the international comity of nations perhaps because it is believed that military in politics is an aberration. Nigeria, this central disapproval of military rule notwithstanding, has witnessed several coups and counter coups starting from January 15, 1966 when the military made its debut appearance in the politics of the country. The coup toppled the coalition government of Northern Peoples Congress (NPC) and National Congress of Nigerian Citizens (NCNC) led by Alhaji Tafawa Balewa and Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe as the Prime Minister and President in that order. No fewer than eleven persons died in the bloody coup; and they include: Alhaji Tafawa Balewa (the Prime Minister), Sir Ahmadu Bello (Premier of the Northern Region), Festus Okotie-Eboh (Finance Minister), Samuel Ladoke Akintola (Premier of  t…