For­mer ex-con­vict’s the­sis

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Chief Bode Ge­orge is a re­tired Navy of­fi­cer and for­mer ex-con­vict. He’s a del­e­gate of the rul­ing People Demo­cratic Party (PDP) at the con­fer­ence.

The rul­ing party is be­ing rep­re­sented at the con­fer­ence by Ge­orge, who was its deputy na­tional chair­man, and his for­mer boss Dr. Ah­madu Ali, the party’s for­mer na­tional chair­man.

Ge­orge­saidi­tiswrong­to­blame the mil­i­tary for all the cur­rent evils in the coun­try. “Mil­i­tary in­cur­sion is not the prob­lem of the coun­try now. The mil­i­tary didn’t come out of their bar­racks to take over power. They were in­vited,” the for­mer ex-con­vict said.

Ge­orge ex­plained that the mil­i­tary were in­vited by one se­nate leader, ap­par­ently re­fer­ring to the First Repub­lic Se­nate Pres­i­dent Nwafor Orizu.

His the­sis is not flaw­less. Per­haps, if not of time fac­tor, the re­tired Com­modore would have ex­plained to the del­e­gates who in­vited the Five Ma­jors to wreak havoc in La­gos, Kaduna and Ibadan dur­ing the early hours of Jan­uary 15, 1966.

Orizu might have in­vited Gen­eral Aguiyi Ironsi to take over the reins of power, but cer­tainly he did not in­vite the Five Ma­jors to do what they did.

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