The ex-candescence of the Biafra struggle has triggered many curiosities, matters arising both on social and analogous platforms regarding records of Biafra from inception. Researchers have proven and have exposed the wicked actions of the evil British Empire during the genocidal war against Biafrans from 1967-1970. Evidently, the body language of this evil Empire shows that the British government needed the blood of Biafrans more than Gowon,  TY Danjuma and other people who took part in the pogrom in Biafra land. 

The Civil War held in Nigeria was one of the most deadly interstate wars that took place in the twentieth century. Largely due to how Britain left the country in an uneasy state after Nigeria declared its independence at the beginning of 1960. The corrupt political system and uneasy citizens of the different portions of the country that Britain caused was a big underlying factor. The fight for the rule of Nigeria and a large amount of oil they sit on lasted for almost 4 years. But understand what caused the war with the political system and fear of what people thought was genocide and famine, was what people needed to understand.

Biafra was one of the great emotive causes of the late Sixties. The name still conjures up images of emaciated children, close to death, starved as a result of the blockade imposed by the Nigerian Federal Government to defeat the secession of the country's Eastern Region. Although I was not there, historians and documents lifted from archives made the images unfading. Britain, the former colonizer of Nigeria and its main supplier of arms, could not escape involvement. As the outcry over the famine grew, Harold Wilson's government came under attack at home and abroad for providing the weapons that tightened the noose on Biafra.

Video conversations between the cabinet members of the British government have significantly proven how they intentionally sponsored the arm flood insurance to the Nigerian government who were already in the attack formation against a defenseless Biafrans. A cross-section of investigation also reaffirms their greedy reasons which paramount to the Extermination of innocent people. 

General Gowon imposed a blockade on Biafra, which meant that no oil could be exported anyway. This was a blow for the British economy, already floundering in the crisis that led to devaluation later in the year. Now the prime object of Whitehall was to get the blockade lifted. An important lever fell into British hands when General Gowon asked for more arms: 12 jet fighter-bombers, six fast patrol boats, 24 anti-aircraft guns.

Soon the war turned in Gowon's favour and in November the flexible Thomas wrote to Wilson again, proposing this time that arms supplies be stepped up: "It seems to me that British interests would now be served by a quick Federal victory."

That victory came, but not quickly. During 1967 the words "famine" or "hunger" appeared nowhere in the hundreds of official documents devoted to the conflict. They would not emerge until 1968 when I and other reporters went to Biafra and witnessed the scenes for ourselves.

By then the policy was too set to be altered. Too many reputations depended on the war's outcome. The conflict went on for another two years. The use of media and food blockade left not less than six million children dead even when they managed to report few deaths by starvation.  

Publisher:  Prince Richmond C. Amadi 
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