BIAFRA: Once upon a time, after the amalgamation of the Biafrans, with the Northern and Western part of the expired contraption called Nigeria, the victimisations of Biafrans, became active and a form of culture, which has been in maintenance till date. The victimised people were being slaughtered and butchered mostly in the Northern part of the zoo called Nigeria. The suffering of Biafrans became the order of the day. Worst still, the leaders of the country, were mute, therefore automatically in peace with the provocative way, in which Biafrans were in order. The victimisation of innocent Biafrans has been the priority of Nigeria, starting from inception. The 1966 anti-Biafra pogrom was a series of massacres directed at innocent people of Biafran origin living in northern Nigeria began in May 1966 and reached a peak after 29 September 1966. During this period 30,000-50,000 Biafran civilians were murdered throughout northern Nigeria by Hausa–Fulani soldiers and civilians who sought revenge for the 1966 Nigerian coup, which involves only two people from Igbo extraction, and more of Western Nigerians, and resulted in the deaths of 11 Nigerian politicians and army officers.
Biafrans were meant to suffer the consequences alone, even if they were not the only masterminders of that crime. This is to tell you that Biafrans are always victims in the contraption. The then Governor of the Southern protectorate, Gen. Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu Chukwuemeka, being a man who has his people at heart and a man who understands the rights of individuals, aggressively ordered all the Biafrans to come back home, to be safe. These events led to the secession of the eastern Nigerian region and the declaration of the Republic of Biafra, which ultimately resulted in the Nigeria-Biafra war, as declared by Gowon the then head of State. The 1966 massacres of innocent Biafrans have been described as a holocaust by some authors and have variously been described as riots, pogroms or genocide.
This incident became an archive of the pogrom that wiped out millions of innocent Biafran women, infants and children; Yakubu Gowon's-led genocidal campaign against the Biafran Nation and Obafemi Awolowo's orchestrated Economic Blockade which desperately starved the children of Biafra to death. The unprofessional attitude of some elements of the international press are also known to have added to the existing tension, and also, an intentional move, inorder to keep us media blackout. Biafrans were killed, slaughtered like animals. We were spontaneously disorganised, as before the declaration of our first existing nation, before the creation of Nigeria.
The world has indefinitely forgotten these gory events that took place, they have so quickly forgotten that innocent children, men and women were massacred in cold blood. One should not be sceptical about the emergence of Biafra, after what happened. The death of more than 6 million people can not be in vain. Nature can never forgive us if we refuse to get justice for them. Their blood still flows till date. Their tears, still quench our lights at night. We have sworn to fight for what they died for, even unto death. Our only quest is to get Biafra. The only remedy to this pain is "THE RESTORATION OF BIAFRA".
The UN charted law, which declared self-determination a fundamental law, that must be ordered for the Indigenous People, has become our back bone. Biafrans have every right to exit from this contraption called Nigeria. We are challenging the intellects, NBA, the NCJ, activists, to come out boldly and tell us where and when self-determination is now a crime. People are entitled to their choices of life. In the absence of that, they should better lecture the illiterate, Muhammadu Buhari, who has no epitome of conscience to think twice. I wonder why those who are more enlightened, could allow an illiterate to control their freedom.
Life without freedom is worst than hell. We are like wild animals, caged up in the zoo. We have come to realise our real foundation, and that's the reason, we can never fumble, nor retrace our actions. The leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has been in the detention, for more than a year, without any justification, to prove the alleged charge brought against him. Many Biafrans have gone missing, while many killed and dumped in secret places. This is why we are not retreating. Nigeria has definitely, proven to the whole world that she is above the law. Or should I say that Nigeria owns the law? Hence the world has refused to address this issue, they are probably telling us that Nigeria is above them.
Injustice is a crime, and also a big time bomb that can explode at any given hour. Let's be presumptuous that anything funny should happen to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu; the world will hear from us because we have been patients enough, for them to address this issue. We are entitled to live, just the way, Britain exercised their rights, in exiting the European Union. Why should our case be different? We seek for justice, and that's all we want. The Nigerian military should note that we are only diplomatic and that they can't face more than sixty million Biafrans, should we take up arms. We are only civil and different from the animals in the zoo. We seek for freedom, and justice, for honour should be given to whom it's due.
Editor Udeagha Obasi
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