Nigeria’s Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu In Retrospect – Fani Kayode Pays Respect

Patrick Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu was a military Officer. He was born in 1937 and died in 1967.

Pro-Biafra Nigerians applaud and have never forgotten Nzeogwu as one of their Heroes. He died in the war front while defending his people.

The vibrant Nigerian soldier was from the Igbo tribe but was born and raised in Kaduna, Nigeria.

In remembrance of his death on January 15, 1967, Nigeria’s Fani Kayode made a public statement in recognition of the ideals and values that the fallen hero fought for.

Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu worked co-side Nigeria’s first ever Olympic gold medalist, Emmanuel Ifeajuna in the 1966 coup.

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His commemoration coincides with the national celebration of Nigeria’s armed forces day; and in a most significant way at a disheartening time of the callous Christian Massacre by northerners in Southern Kaduna.


In the words of Kayode,

“In the early hours of Jan 15 1966, 51 years ago today, the man in this picture, Major Kaduna Nzeogwu, led a coup of junior army officers of mainly of Igbo extraction.”

“Many were killed that night. The coup failed but the issues he, and later in 1991 Major Gideon Orkar raised in his own coup, are still pertinent.”

“When will the yoke of internal colonialism and subjugation be finally broken in our country?”

“I have always condemned Nzeogwu and, to a lesser degree Orkar, but given what is happening in Nigeria today I have to say that both of them were not just heroes but men that fought to ensure that we were freed from what is nothing less than injustice, wickedness and slavery.”

“As far as I am concerned they are both martyrs and their deaths shall never be in vain.”

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It is ironical that while he was defending his people, it was never in doubt if he loved the land of his birth, Kaduna. So much so that his co- soldiers from the north, gave him the name Kaduna, a name which has stuck to him even after death.

Remembering him at a time when over 800 people, mostly Christians, have been slaughtered and the leaders shamelessly turning a blind eye is a tragic scenario.

It is perhaps a reminder of what past revolutionaries like Chukwudi Kaduna Nzeogwu refused to stomach even if it cost him his life.