- Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo’s birth date
- Gunmen killed eight in attacks on Nigerian bank, police station
- Electoral violence led to four deaths in Rano, Kano
- Vigilance members killed one soldier in Emuoha, Rivers
According to Jodi Picoult, history is not about dates and places and wars, it’s about the people who fill the spaces between them.
History provides opportunity to develop and broaden knowledge. As we take cognisance of past events, our only fault as humankind is that we are prone to repeating our mistakes.
WITHIN NIGERIA has highlighted four significant events that shaped March 5 in the history of this country, Nigeria in an efforts to enlighten our readers.
Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo’s birth date
On this date, March 5 in 1937, Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo was born in Ibogun-Olaogun, a village in southwest Nigeria. His father was Amos Adigun Obaluayesanjo “Obasanjo” Bankole and his mother was Bernice Ashabi Bankole.
The first of nine children, only he and a sister (Adunni Oluwole Obasanjo) survived childhood. He was born to the Owu branch of the Yoruba people.
He is a Nigerian political and military leader who served as Nigeria’s head of state from 1976 to 1979 and later as its president from 1999 to 2007.
Gunmen killed eight in attacks on Nigerian bank, police station
On this date, 5th of March in 2013, gunmen killed eight persons in an attack on a police station and a bank in north-eastern Nigeria.
According to reports, the attackers stormed the town of Gwoza late on Monday, close to the Cameroon border in Borno state, where Islamist sect Boko Haram has killed hundreds in an insurgency.
A local resident disclosed that the divisional police officer and two other policemen were killed when the station was attacked and the manager of a local bank and four others also lost their lives,” local resident Umar Yahuza told Reuters.
Electoral violence led to four deaths in Rano, Kano
On this date, 5th of March in 2022, four persons were reportedly killed during an electoral violence in Rano, Kano State.
There was a clash between the supporters of two governorship aspirants which disrupted a political ceremony in the state.
Further investigations revealed that the fight was between the supporters of Murtala Garo, the Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, and those of Kabiru Rurum, a member of the House of Representatives representing Rano, Kibiya and Bunkure federal constituency. Both politicians were striving to get the APC gubernatorial ticket.
Vigilance members killed one soldier in Emuoha, Rivers
On this date, 5th of March in 2022, members of a vigilante group reportedly killed one soldier in Emuoha, a community in Rivers State.