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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Throwback photo of the first generation of Nigerian Army officers

The photo above shows the first 30 Nigerian officers that were inaugurated in June, 1959.

Left to right sitting: Captain Robert Adeyinka Adebayo, Captain Philip Effiong, Captain Umeh Ogere Imo, Major Samuel Adesoji Ademulegun, Major Wellington Bassey, Major General Norman Forster (GOC, Nigerian Army), Major Aguiyi Ironsi, Major Ralph Adetunji Shodeinde,


Captain Zakaria Maimalari, Captain Conrad Nwawo, Captain David Akpode Ejoor.

2nd Row Standing: Lt Igboba, Lt George Remunoiyowun Kurubo, (non Nigerian standing next to Kurubo), Lt J Akahan Akaga, Lt Patrick Awunah, Lt Louis Ogbonnia, Lt Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Lt Eyo Ekpo, Lt Author Unegbe, Lt Abogo Largema.

3rd Row Standing: Lt Hillary Mbilitem Njoku, 2nd Lt Macauley Nzefili, 2nd Lt David Ogunewe, 2nd Lt Shadrack, Lt Alexander Madiebo, 2nd Lt Anthony Eze, Lt Yakubu Gowon, 2nd Lt Sylvanus Nwanjei, Lt Yakubu Pam, 2nd Lt Hassan Katsina.

The very first Nigerian to be commissioned officer was "Wellington Bassey" with Army number (N1). Two months later, "Aguiyi Ironsi" (N2) and "Samuel A. Ademulegun" (N3) were also commissioned.

A short while later, "Ralph Adetunji Shodeinde" (N4) was also commissioned officer.

19 comments:

kayode odusanya said...

Interesting. That's almost 60 years ago...and Gowon still looks healthy ad fit. He must have been really young at the time.


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Anonymous said...

This was when progress in the military was based solely on ability and galantry. Look at the ethically diverse names. Now the highest cadre in the army is dominated by Hausa/fulani followed by Yoruba. Totally politically based. Smh!

Alloy Chikezie said...

Wow!

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Ike Louisa said...

OK noted.

tolu said...

Waoh kings never die

Cyril said...

this was when the nigerian army had morals and discipline. And what happened to Wellington Basey and how did he die? Again, how come he was

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not appointed the GOC nor handed the command of any of the two brigade commands after the exit of the British officers?

livingstone chibuike said...

seen

Ben Ibeh said...

So balanced..today all U will see is Muhammed Yusuf, Buratai Abubakar, Hashim Rabiu, Kanti Bello, Idiamin Katsina, Kaduna Dan Shege, Haruna Bawayo, Wawa Kebbi. No balance, no regional quota,no respect for other faith etc..sad indeed!

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E.O OWORU said...

This is from the archive Linda. Worth keeping.

Amos Mohammed said...

hmmmm na e all this small small boys no free respect ojukwu legacy.am not in support of biafra but am 100 percent in support of an igbo president abegg.watin sef!

Anonymous said...

Colonial mentality! Only the oyinbo GOC wear trousers , others on shorts .

Anonymous said...

Colonial mentality! Only the oyinbo GOC wear trousers , others on shorts .

Anonymous said...

Colonial mentality! Only the oyinbo GOC wear trousers , others on shorts .

Gerald Nwokoro said...

What really happened to the South. Looking at this line up of men, the south had a promise future in the army. How did all that change. Hmmmm!

Anonymous said...

Good to know

Anonymous said...

How comes now 85 percent of Nigeria army are hausa ?now I know the problem of this country is yorubas ,igbos ,Niger delta and meddle belt.because the sold there right to them.

Emy said...

So after these set the whole process change. They were now using letter of recomendation as in 'TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN' abi na quota system. No longer based on merit. Then, the rest is akuko ifo!

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