According to a philosopher’s quote, a people without knowledge of their origin, history, and culture are like a tree without roots.
You know nothing if you don’t understand history. The philosopher said, “You are a leaf that is unaware that it is a part of a tree.
Only those who lived there can accurately record the history of a given society. Nobody can rewrite our history more skillfully than Nigerians. For the sake of education, we must consciously keep track of the past especially the important ones for reflection.
However, four significant occasions molded February 9th in Nigerian history. These incidents are not just important; they also play a key role in Nigeria’s development, including both its bright and tragic moments.
Benin City was overrun by British Expeditionary Force.
The British Expedition Force stormed the Benin City on this date, February 9, 1878.
The city was burned down and looted, and thus marked the infamous end of the Nigerian Kingdom of Benin, which was founded in the eleventh century, according to historical records that are primarily narrative.
Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as Nigeria’s acting president
The Senate and the House of Representatives, two chambers of the National Assembly, voted a resolution on this day, February 9, 2010, designating Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan as the acting president of Nigeria.
According to sources, despite its contentious nature, which generated many legal problems regarding the legality or otherwise of that conduct, the aforementioned disputed theory of necessity was employed.
There were those who contended that the National Assembly’s act was illegal; those who argued that it was legal and constitutional; and still others who stated that even though it may not have been precisely constitutional, it was necessary and therefore legitimate.
176 Muslim pilgrims perished in an airplane tragedy.
176 Muslim pilgrims are said to have perished on this date in 1979—February 9—in an aviation catastrophe that occurred in Kano.
176 passengers were reportedly killed when a plane carrying Muslim pilgrims from Mecca crashed near Kano.
The air accident at the time was the deadliest ever.
3 North Korean doctors were killed by insurgents, and one was beheaded.
In Portiskum, Yobe State in northeastern Nigeria, on this day, 9 February 2013, terrorists beheaded one doctor and murdered 3 North Korean doctors in cold blood.
The Korean physicians reportedly resided in the State since 2005 as a result of a joint medical initiative between Nigeria and the government of North Korea.
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