Article: Nigeria and the curse of Sisyphus

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Lt. Col. Yakubu Gowon, who was described in January 1962 in uncharitable terms by Major Pam, a Jos officer senior to him, was a thirty-two years old bachelor when he assumed the mantle of leadership, or more precisely, had it thrust upon him by Murtala Mohammed and other northern soldiers who participated in the revenge coup. At that point in time, Nigeria urgently needed an astute, disciplined and experienced detribalised leader who could muster enough courage to take and implement appropriate tough decisions for the good of the country.

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