Friday, February 12

Rare Photo of Chinua Achebe and Soyinka at Dodan Barracks in 1986

Rare Photo of Chinua Achebe and Soyinka at Dodan Barracks in 1986

Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka

Great Nigerian writers, Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka were pictured at Dodan Barracks in Ikoyi area of Lagos in the year 1986 on a mission to plead with the then military president, Ibrahim Babangida to grant Major General Mamman Jiya Vatsa pardon after he was found guilty of treason.

Wole Soyinka and Chinua Achebe visited Dodan barracks to plead with Ibrahim Babangida to pardon Major General Mamman Jiya Vatsa after a failed coup.

History has it that their efforts were futile was Vatsa was finally executed for treason on 5 march 1986 following a military tribunal conviction on the abortive coup.

Major General Mamman Jiya Vatsa OFR (3 December 1940 – 5 March 1986) was a senior Nigerian Army officer and writer. He served as Minister of the Federal Capital Abuja, and was a member of the Supreme Military Council.

Vatsa was childhood friends with Ibrahim Babangida and both men were peers who attended the same educational institutions.

Like Babangida, Vatsa attended the Provincial Secondary School, Bida from 1957 to 1962 and started his career with the Nigerian Army by enrolling in the Nigerian Military Training College (NMTC) on 10 December 1962.

No comments :

Trending News

Other News That You May Like