“The conquest to the East is now in sight. When our god-sent Ahmadu Bello said some years ago that our conquest will reach the seashores of Nigeria, some idiots in the South were doubting its possibilities. Today, have we not reached the sea? Lagos is reached. It remains Port Harcourt. It must be conquered and taken after December 30, 1964.
I remember when the NCNC and the AG were boasting about their daydreams of snatching power from us. Today, their great brains are in our bags. Imagine such personalities as Akintola, Benson, Davis, Akinjide, Olowofeyeku…
I still hope that it will not be long when Okpara, Adegbenro and Aminu Kano will come to beg. Osadebay and other Midwest leaders are halfway to us. As for Awo [Awolowo], he will spend the last days of his term of imprisonment there for his inordinate ambition. *Some southern fools must understand that to suggest secession after their defeat is suicide for them.* Let them think about all these things and understand the implications in secession.
a) Where is the Nigerian Military Academy?
b) Where is the Nigerian Air Force Base built? All these are up here in our region.
After the election, we will call upon our leaders to make a Northerner the leader of the Nigerian Army. Those who propose Ironsi are daydreaming. After the next five years, those Southern so-called educated fools must realize where they are. *Once we will be able to connect the Bornu Railway with those of our brothers in the neighboring countries and from there to Egypt, we can allow secession to take place.*
Our exports could be sent through that way. Thanks to Allah that the Kanji Dam will soon be completed. It is up to Tarka to come back or face what we follow when we achieve our aim.
We must do anything possible to win the coming Jihad. But we must keep our weather eyes open on those from the West as they could do anything at any time. *Immediately we win, we can lose some members from the West at any time. We must not take things for granted.* With our 167 seats in the North we can go it alone. There is no need sharing the post of Prime Ministership and Presidentship with anyone. *I have a genuine fear that we keep the posts and then concede some important ministries to Yoruba members.* The time has come. We are going to show these intellectual fools that we are only in the morning of our leadership of this country.
We try NNDP in the next five years and see whether they will be too forward and ambitious as the ungrateful NCNC and AG. If some still doubts that we haven’t conquered our way to the sea let him go through these facts.
a) Who is the Prime Minister of the country?
b) Who is the minister of Lagos Affairs? Is Lagos not our capital? Our only obstacle are the Ibos. They have played their card. They will sink.”
_…reads more as a manifesto than a history_.
This has been their agenda all along.
—The above revelations were contained in a Statement by Mallam Baba Garuba, published in the West African Pilot, December 30, 1964.