NYU Black Renaissance Noire Spring 2015 - Page 170

In a recent Interview in the Guardian, light was shed on the hidden agenda of the Buhari coup: L ———————————————— q33) 168 Interviewer: You just spoke about [military] interruptions, as one of those factors inimical to development. Let us look at one of those interruptions, specifically, the one that disrupted your [Shagari/Ekwueme] government on December 31, 1983. The story was that the army actually intervened in government for the more sinister reason of preventing you, an Igbo man, from becoming president after President Shagari’s tenure was over — which, indeed, you sounded poised to become. How true is this story? Ekwueme: I wouldn’t know, because I wasn’t in the inner caucus that was planning the coup-d’état, to know what informed that decision to strike, in December 1983. But I can really tell you that one of our colleagues, the Minister of Transport, Alhaji Umaru Dikko, when he arrived London, said, during the press conference he gave, that all the talk the military was giving about corruption and all that, wa 2