Must Read : See Why The Picture Murtala Mohammed Must be removed From N20


By: Stephen M.
I remember sometime in the 90’s when my cousin came back from the UK and ‘dashed’ me £15 pounds. On the 5 pound note was Florence Nigthingale, the British woman creditated with inventing modern day Nursing profession. On the 10 pound note was Isaac Newton, renouned British physicist. All over the world, different nations honour their heroes and celebrated citizens by giving them a place of priviledge on their local currency. Those heroes are usually people of impeccable character who have contributed positively to the country and even the wider world. People worth emulating.
It is therefore shocking that a country like Nigeria can give a coup plotter, failed Soldier, genocidal killer, mass-murderer and despot such Murtala Ramat Mohammed a place of honour on the N20 note. It is a national disgrace and embarrassment that a man like Murtala Mohammed can be celebrated in our soceity this way after all the crimes he committed in his life time. Murtala’s crimes are too numerous but I will mention just 3.
1) He led the counter coup of July 1966 where he superviced the systematic slaughter of over 300 fellow Soldiers, mostly of Eastern extraction which included General Ironsi. Murtalas coup then took on ethnic and religious connotations and ultimately resulted in over 50,000 people, men, women and children being killed.
2) At the start of the war, Murtala Mohammed marched into Asaba. The few Asaba indigenes who still believed in ‘one Nigeria’ came out to welcome the Federal troops at cable point area of the city. Almost 1000 of them were gunned down on the spot by Murtala’s men.

3) Retreating Biafran troops had blown up the Niger Bridge leading into Onitsha. Murtala was warned by Army headquarters that Biafran Soldiers had taken up defensive positions on the other side of the River. He was told to go up north where it was safe to cross the River. Murtala, believing in his false sense of bravado as a military tactician, disregarded direct orders and tried to cross the River into Onitsha 3 times. All met with huge catastrophe amongst his troops. Thousands of Nigerian soldiers were used as target practice by the Biafran Soldiers while others drowned in the River. Murtala then went up North and crossed the River then tried again to invade Onitsha. He led a contingent of 100 trucks full of troops, ammunition and supplies but was but was stopped at Abagana and completely destroyed. Murtala barely made it out of that battle with his life. After this episode, Murtala was recalled from the war front and sent on indefinite leave to London after leading thousands of men to their deaths due to his bad leadership.
Murtala was one of the worst Officers ever produced by the Nigerian Army. He was a homicidal maniac, accomplished coup plotter, genocidal killer, military dictator and a narcissist of incredible dimensions. Why is this evil man on the N20 note?
Stephen writes from Lagos
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  • Reply Danaramserdia August 20, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Only for choudhary

  • Reply Segun August 21, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Please such a matter of national interest needed to be verified and confirmed to be true before been posted. I believe such GRAVEOUS allegations need to be verified if true or not.
    If an un-biased fact finding is done and confirms the allegations, then a campaign to remove the portrait should be publicly made for necessary actions or for atleast for future refrences where the right actions shall be taken in future just in case these crops of corrupted National assembly politicians refuse to take the right actions.

  • Reply Dr Abass Adeyemi Adio August 29, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Despite those allegations he is still one of the best military leaders this country has ever produced and its because of its simplicity that makes it possible for Dimka and co to kill him.Rest in peace Murtala Ramat Muhammad, the people’s General

    • Reply yaks August 29, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      A gallant and intrepid general,I believe the author of this post is nnamdi kanu’s loyalist,shame unto you,a man who fought for what we have and called today nigeria,you should be ashamed of yourself

  • Reply prof August 29, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    The people’s General, Murtala Ramat Mohd, may his soul rest in perfect peace amen. Stephen or whatever you call yourself, continue with your hate speech, that can never solve your problems. Is only a fool that fight with the dead.

  • Reply Iheanacho chriswill August 31, 2016 at 12:33 am

    Nigeria will only be better when i become the president!

  • Reply Daniel Onyeije August 31, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Nigerians are the problems with Nigeria. Stephen has a point_but let’s look forward….
    Some persons are tagged legends because of the absence of real legends

  • Reply linda September 2, 2016 at 1:59 am

    We really been to respect yourself in all aspect of life this way we can carry on. We all must have done good and bad things in our lifetime but if the bad out weight the good then we have to look into it for the sake of the country

  • Reply peter ani September 2, 2016 at 5:23 am

    All I know about general murtala mohd introduced coup in Nigeria that can not be forgotten in hurry. After the introduction of coup how have it profitable isn’t it to Nigeria and what legacy did he leave for others to emirate that bring nigeria backwards in hand of soldiers till date.

  • Reply bolaji September 20, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Smile……all this for a gallant comrade…….

  • Reply Abutalib September 26, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Nice speech Stephen, i admired ur courage. Bt u have forgot to also recall dat nothin dat has disadvantage without advantage. U have said d negative side of him, bt wot abt d positive aspect! Hmm…… Nigerians wen ar we going to be virtuous!!

  • Reply George chuddy Raymond September 28, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    He who uses gun goes by gun. Murtala or Gowon which of them kill Ironsi , is biafra war 1966 or _76 clear me before you lay your accusations

  • Reply TUBAI BT March 6, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    The writer said in a counter coup which means there was a coup earlier, it’s an indication that a coup brought Aguiyi Ironsi in,which might make Muritala to retaliate to avoid being caught unaware. Na tit for tat.

  • Reply Josh March 7, 2017 at 12:24 am

    The potrate on 10 british pound bill is charlse darwin, not isaac newton please……

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