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ABOUT FESTUS OKOTIE-EBOH- THE ONLY NIGERIAN MINISTER KILLED IN THE 1966 COUP.

taiwo 2019-09-22 06:35:38 Cultural

Born Festus Samuel Edah to an Itsekiri Chief, Prince Okotie-Eboh in the old Warri division along the Benin River of Niger Delta in 1919.

Eboh was regarded as the most flamboyantly dressed Nigerian political figure owing to his elaborate, traditional African fashion statement during occasions. Most popular amongst his dressing is his stylish choice of colorful wrappers which drags along behind him yards long and held or tied round a boy’s neck.

Eboh was reportedly given the nicknames “Omimi-Ejor” or “Ejoh Bilele” which means “the man with long feature and flowing wrappers” due to his interestingly long wrappers that often competed with bridal train gown.

Okotie Eboh was not only known for his flamboyant dressing but for his achievements as Nigeria s minister for Finance during the administration of Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa- The first Prime Minister of Nigeria.

From 1951 till his untimely death in 1966, Okotie-Eboh was a parliamentarian and a fore bearer of Ni



gerian modern development not only in finances but other developmental areas.

Some of his remarkable achievements was supervising the establishment of the Central Bank of Nigeria and the inauguration of the first Nigerian currency. He also ensured the Nigerian Pay As You Earn (PAYE) tax system in Nigeria.

He also supervised the establishment of the Nigerian Stock Exchange market and the creation of the first Nigerian Investment and Development Bank.

As a minister, he was active in the creation of the Mid-Western state. And aside his successes at the National level, he also achieved greatly in establishing laudable projects in the Mid-Western states, like the Escravos bar Project channeled towards enhancing navigation by ship.

However, the former Minister was reportedly assassinated alongside the Late Nigerian Prime Minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, in the military coup of January 15, 1966, in Lagos which terminated the Nigerian First Republic.

Culled: Wikipedia, okotie-eboh.com.

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