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Title:Yakubu Gowon and the Outbreak of the Nigerian Civil War
Author:Adejumobi, SaidISNI
Year:1996
Periodical:Afrika Zamani: revue annuelle d'histoire africaine = Annual Journal of African History
Issue:4
Pages:19-37
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Nigeria
West Africa
Subjects:civil wars
Nigerian-Biafran War
biographies (form)
Military, Defense and Arms
History and Exploration
Politics and Government
Ethnic and Race Relations
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History, Archaeology
political science
history
About person:Yakubu GowonISNI
Abstract:Yakubu Gowon, Nigeria's second military Head of State, and the prosecutor of the Nigerian civil war (1967-1970), on the federal side, like Odumegwu Ojukwu, the rebel leader, was undoubtedly a central character in the war. The present article is a critical examination of the role played by Yakubu Gowon in the processes and political events that led to the Nigerian civil war. It discusses his role in the January and July 1966 coups d'état, the nature of the conflict between himself and Ojukwu, and his dexterity at managing it, his ability to maintain cohesion within the Nigerian army, and his conception of the issue of secession and national unity in Nigeria. Bibliogr., notes, ref.
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