Former ex-convict’s thesis
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.