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  1. The Meaning of Military Rule
  2. Military Rule from 1966 to 1975
  3. Structure of Government Under General Ironsi
  4. The July 1966 Counter-Coup
  5. Structure of Government under Gowon
  6. Achievements of the 1966-1975 Military Regimes
  7. Failures of Gowon’s Regime


The Meaning of Military Rule

Military Rule: This is the government controlled by members of the Armed Forces. This could only be achieved through force known as coup de tat. A coup de tat is a violent change of government by the Armed Forces to remove the existing government. Military rule became prevalent after independence in those countries that experienced it.


Military Rule from 1966 to 1975

Military rule in Nigeria - Johnson Thomas Aguiyi-Ironsi

Major General J.T.U. Aguiyi-Ironsi (January – July 1966)

The first military coup in Nigeria took place on 15 January 1966, led by Major Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu, but the then most senior military officer, Major General J.T.U. Aguiyi-Ironsi later took over position of the head of state.

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