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Wednesday, 22 May 2019

#BiafraFallenHeroes: A Eulogy In Honour And Remembrance Of Count Carl Gustaf












The Biafra Times | May 22, 2019

By Comr. Chukwu Ogbu | For Biafra Writers

Your Eminence, lovers of freedom, members of Count Carl Gustaf Von Rosen's family and my fellow Biafra citizen.

Today I pen down in tears this Eulogy in remembrance of Count Carl Gustaf Von, a Biafran pilot who hails from Sweden for his indulgence, and magnificent valor during the height of the pogrom from Nigeria and Britain against Biafrans.

Indeed, duty, decency, reliability, honour, dignity, respect: these and more are all the attributes that Count Carl Gustaf Von not only held in high esteem but practised everyday during his time on this earth. He was a serious and disciplined man who stood firm to challenge the atrocities been inflicted on Biafrans and the continuous harassment of the relief flights by the Nigerian Air Force, he hatched a plan in collaboration with the French secret service and dealt a serious blow on Nigerian army killing her soldiers and destroyed their warplanes.

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Carl a man that hate injustice, subjugation and slavery. Oh yes,  Carl defiled a standing order from British/Nigeria against sending relief materials to Biafrans. A man that flew a DC-7 plane from São Tomé to Uli at only a little above sea level in August 1968 just to ensure he sent relief food items and materials to war-ravaged and starved Biafrans. What a lettered humanitarian!
Biafra can still feel the impacts of this great man in their lives today even as they aspire to be a free nation.

All over the world, Carl was a symbol of selfless humanity. All over Biafra, Carl is a standard-bearer for the rights of the truly downtrodden citizens.

Carl has gone home now, guided by his faith and by the light of Biafrans he has fought in defence of their rights. At last, he is with them once more, leaving those of us who grieve his passing with the memories he gave, the good that he did, the dream of Biafra nation he kept alive, and a single, enduring image of a freedom fighter.

It is a great privilege to write this eulogy to express the sadness that Biafrans shares for his loss. Carl, thank you for everything you have done for us, posterity will never forget you. God bless you and rest in peace always.

We shall always remember your great sacrifices to our nationhood.
Adieu, Carl!

THE BIAFRA TIMES
Publisher: Chijindu Benjamin Ukah
Contact us: [email protected]

#BiafraFallenHeroes: Reminiscing The Great Moments Of A Great Icon, Selfless Leader And Pioneer Biafra Head Of State, Gen. Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu




















By Victoria O. C. Agangan || For Biafra Writers

May 22, 2019

The image so often associated with Africa – a child with stick-thin limbs and swollen belly – dates back to the first televised famine, the Biafra war. The man who understood the power of that image was an Oxford-educated Nigerian soldier, Emeka Ojukwu.

Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, to use his full name, proclaimed the short-lived Republic of Biafra in 1967. His demeanour of a gentleman-rebel standing up to the Nigerian Goliath appealed to western intellectuals such as Frederick Forsyth and Kurt Vonnegut Jr. A Swedish count built and flew planes for the Biafra country's air force and its struggle for independence inspired the French humanitarian Bernard Kouchner to create Médecins Sans Frontières.

The son of one of Nigeria's most successful transport entrepreneurs, Ojukwu was from the Igbo tribe born on November 4, 1933, in Zungeru, the northern part of Nigeria. He received the best education – King's College, Lagos; Epsom College, Surrey and Lincoln College, Oxford, where he graduated with honours in modern history in 1955. He refused to go into his father's business and instead spent two years as an unglamorous administrative head officer in the Eastern Nigerian public service.

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In 1957, Ojukwu joined the Royal West African Frontier Forces as a recruit. He rose rapidly through the ranks, ending his training at Sandhurst at the time of Nigerian independence in 1960. Under British indirect rule, Nigeria had been crudely divided along tribal lines: politics was for the northern Hausa tribe, commercial clout was the preserve of the supposedly industrious Yorubas on the south-western coast and education was for the administratively inclined Igbos in the east of the country.

Unhappy at northern heavy-handedness and discrimination, Igbo officers staged a coup in 1966 and installed Ojukwu as governor of the Eastern Region, which includes the oil-rich Niger Delta. When the counter-coup came six months later, Ojukwu refused to step down.

As the Eastern governor, Ojukwu sought peacefully to resolve matters. He tried to maintain military hierarchy by insisting that Brigadier Ogundipe took the mantle of leadership instead of a junior officer, Col. Gowon but Ogundipe was convinced in London to step into the Nigerian High Commission.

On 29th September, a fatal pogrom with beastly brutality was carried out mostly against the Igbos and other ethnic groups in the Eastern region by the northern elements. Maimed, bruised Biafrans returned en masse, yet Gen. Ojukwu never abated his quest for peace having previously made futile attempts for a badly damaged unity that has become irreparable. He proceeded to Aburi, Ghana on 4th January, 1967 for a peace conference with Gowon, Gen Joseph Ankarah was the host. There, Ojukwu succeeded in getting Gowon to sign a peace treaty called "Aburi Accord."

Read Also: #BiafraFallenHeroes: We Remember Abie Nathan, Whose Magnanimous Efforts Was Unequaled During The Nigeria-Biafra War

Upon return, Gowon reneged on the agreement reached at Aburi. He split the Eastern region into three states. He was solely responsible for the war. Gen. Ojukwu from Nnewi, Anambra state, left with no other option, declared the defunct nation of the Republic of Biafra on May 30, 1967 with the mandate of the Eastern Nigeria Consultative Assembly. Three days later, Gowon declared war and besieged Biafra. The diplomatic war in the present day Nigeria is a replica of what Biafra has continously faced in the past.

Under pressure from Igbos in the military, he declared independence for the 29,000 square-mile region of Biafra on 30 May, 1967. A flag was designed, featuring a rising sun. A currency(in pounds and shillings) was issued and the beginnings of a welfare state were put in place. Ojukwu personally chose a movement from Jean Sibelius's Finlandia as the tune to the national anthem, in reference to the Nordic country's resistance to foreign domination.

But the region's oil wealth made Biafran independence intolerable to Nigeria and the international community and as a result, in July 6, 1967, then Nigerian Military Government headed by Col. Yakubu Gowon declared war and attacked Biafra. He besieged an already wounded people. He came with international support from thirthy countries, and for thirty months Biafra under the leadership of Gen. Ojukwu persevered against all odds.

A futile and avoidable two-and-a-half-year war cost millions of innocent Biafran lives as Nigeria created famine conditions and enlisted British and Soviet support against a ragtag army equipped with home-made military hardware.

The scar of that war is ever green in our minds — It was characterized by genocide of sorts and these included wanton killings, molestation and rape, blockage of food and aids, over three million Biafrans, men, women and children died. Many got displaced till date in foreign lands.

Read Also: #BiafraFallenHeroes: We Remember Those Butchered On 2nd Dec. 2015 By Combined Team Of The Nigeria Security Forces

By 1969, Biafra was on its knees and Ojukwu fled into exile in Ivory Coast, handing over the baton of leadership to his second-in-command, Maj. Gen. Philip Effiong from Itshekiri, present day Akwa-Ibom state. President Felix of Ivory Coast had recognized Biafra and offered asylum to him. Twelve years later he was granted a pardon and returned to Nigeria where he formed the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA and ran for president in 2003 and 2007. In 2008, he received his military pension from the Nigerian government but complained complained that it ranked him as a lieutenant-colonel rather than as a general, his rank in the Biafran army.

Vonnegut described Ojukwu as Biafra's George Washington. He wrote: "When we met General Ojukwu, his soldiers were going into battle with 35 rounds of rifle ammunition. There was no more where that came from. For weeks before that, they had been living on one cup of garri a day. The recipe for garri is this: Add water to pulverized cassava root. Now the soldiers didn't even have gari anymore. General Ojukwu described a typical Nigerian attack for us: 'They pound a position with artillery for 24 hours, then they send forward one armoured car. If anybody shoots at it, it retreats, and another 24 hours of bombardment begins. When the infantry moves forward, they drive a screen of refugees before them. If we go forward, we die. If we go backward, we die. So we go forward'".

The American writer was among a dozen intellectuals invited by Ojukwu to witness the Biafran war in a bid to influence western public opinion and secure airlifts of food. Another was Forsyth whose biography of him, Emeka, was published in 1982.

In Nigeria, Ojukwu's legacy is largely viewed as positive for having stood up for his ethnic group, having proved incorruptible and having essentially personified the country's view of itself as constantly riven along ethnic lines. After his death in November 26, 2011 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital – where he had been admitted following a stroke in December 2010 – President Goodluck Jonathan paid him a glowing tribute: "Ojukwu's immense love of his people, justice, equity and fairness forced him into the leading role he played in the Nigerian civil war."

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the IPOB leader, today, represents the adage: "He who runs, lives to fight another day." Presently, the Nigerian government under President Muhammadu Buhari and his Army Chief, Tukur Yusuf Buratai have killed, maimed, incarcerated, kidnapped and illegaly imprisoned and denied release even against court orders. In all these we must not relent. Our hitherto inner conscious mind have been awakened by Nnamdi Kanu. We must not relent but fight on until Biafra is restored.

We must not forget nor relent!
Adieu Gen. Ojukwu!
Long live Biafra!

THE BIAFRA TIMES
Publisher: Chijindu Benjamin Ukah
Contact us: [email protected]

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Biafra: Ohaneze, Dokubo, and Fulani Land-grabbers



By Dave Umahi | For Biafra Writers

May 16, 2019

The latest intelligence report reaching our desk has it that the Fulani terrorist leadership (the cabal in Aso Rock) has kicked off their plans to buy land massively in Biafra as a launch-pad for Biafra-land takeover. What then will Ohaneze Ndigbo and Asari Dokubo do about it?

The first attempt at taking over Biafra-land was the demand for grazing lands. The people stood against it, arguing that cattle’s rearing is private business, and so the government shouldn’t allocate lands to the herders. The people argued further that Biafrans in other parts of the country purchased the lands and shops in which they conduct their businesses, insisting that the Fulani must be left to do same. The cabal thus being logically defeated tried using the army to seize the lands. Realizing how difficult it is to get enough lands for what they intended, they resorted to empowering the herdsmen leadership, Miyetti Allah Cattle Rearers (MACAR). Interestingly, MACAR is reported in international media as the fourth largest terrorist group in the world.

The government’s recent decision to give $100 Billion Dollars to the terrorist herdsmen is in tandem with the caliphate’s plot to take over Biafra land. Sources disclosed that the money is to enable the herders purchase more arms for their nefarious activities, as well as to buy lands in Biafra. Put differently, they are planning to, on one hand, kill more Biafrans, and on the other hand, buy up many lands in Biafra with the connivance of quislings they have previously planted.

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Biafrans are thus curious to know what the proscribed Ohaneze Ndigbo as a body and brother Asari Dokubo as an individual are going to do in the face of such disturbing revelations. This is more so since they are in the habit of opposing everything done by Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, to gain independence from the zoo called Nigeria.

Ohaneze Ndigbo is originally a group of Igbo-Biafrans that banded together immediately after the war to chart a way forward. With time however, unscrupulous elements infiltrated the group, and with the founding fathers growing old and dying off, the present-day members subverted the original goal of the group, turning themselves scavengers in the Nigerian political equation. Integrity became a thing of the past as these shameless Igbo men readily offered selves as tools in the hand of the Northern hegemony to forestall every plan to restore Biafra just to be allowed to pick the crumbs from their masters’ table.

Doing their masters’ biding, Ohaneze Ndigbo connived with Igbo-Biafra governors to have Nigerian terrorist army invade the home of the Supreme Leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, with the sole intent of assassinating him. In the process, hundreds of Biafrans were murdered by the Nigeria terrorist forces. The latest script now being acted out is the opposition to the Biafra Heroes Remembrance Day slated for May 30th.

Read Also: The Real Reasons Behind Igbo Leaders’ Antipathy to Sit-at-home Order

On the other hand, Asari Dokubo, a school dropout and a one-time pipeline vandal, claims to be fighting for what he called Niger Delta freedom. But in actual fact, he is a wheelie-dealer, using the pretense of fighting for freedom to cut deals. It is Dokubo that betrayed Henry Orkah, the leader of Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND).

As both fraudulent Ohaneze Ndigbo and pipeline vandal, Asari Dokubo, have been in opposition to IPOB’s genuine and honest moves to restore the state of Biafra, Biafrans now demand to know what these folks have in stock to preempt the Fulani evil agenda.


The Biafra Times
Edited by Nelson Ofokar Yagazie
Publisher: Chijindu Benjamin Ukah
Contact us: biafrawriters.org

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

IPOB unveil plans to lockdown Biafraland and rally in major cities across the world



IPOB PRESS RELEASE

Published By The Biafra Times | May15, 2019

We the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) worldwide have resolved to prove on May 30th both in Biafraland and beyond that, we remain the preeminent freedom fighting outfit anywhere on this earth at this present moment. The High Command of our illustrious movement have directed that every family meeting in every country around the world must in word and deed  demonstrate our formidability and resoluteness before an observant global audience on the 30th of May in such a manner that our heroes, wherever they lie, even in unmarked graves in forgotten battlefields, will be proud of what they achieved 52 years ago. Strict compliance with the sit-at-home order must be strictly and rigorously enforced across Biafraland.

As 30th of May 2019 Remembrance Day draw ever nearer, Biafrans both home and abroad MUST honor and remember our heroes and heroines that died to stop the total Islamisation of the sacred land of Biafra and perpetual enslavement of the children of God. The exceptionally gallant soldiers of the class of 67-70 and the fearless IPOB family members slain during numerous protests and rallies to free Biafra must be honored in time-honored IPOB tradition by observing a solemn sit-at-home and complete lockdown of Biafraland on the 30th of May.

It is, therefore, the patriotic duty of every right-thinking Biafran (man, woman, and child) to respect the sacrifice these brave men and women made for our survival as a race. Every generation of Biafrans must honor our heroes because without them Biafraland would have become another conquered territory like Illorin, a Yoruba territory that is today 100% Fulani emirate.

All IPOB family units outside Biafraland, in over 88 countries and territories around the world, are expected to partake in street demonstrations, rallies, lectures and prayers to ensure the remembrance of our fallen heroes and heroines on 30th of May 2019 will go down in history as one of the greatest events of our time. IPOB will use this event to conclusively prove to the whole world that we are ready for the upcoming referendum for Biafra sovereignty.

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We commend IPOB families in the UK, Europe, Asia, Middle East, USA and many others across the world that have managed to secure marching permits from their relevant authorities because of this historic 30th of May event. The leadership of IPOB are also aware that almost all countries where IPOB has presence, including Angola, Mozambique, Congo DRC, Namibia, Ghana, and Tanzania have respectfully perfected their own arrangements to honor our heroes and heroines on that particular day.

IPOB family members in the UK have secured their venue at Trafalgar Square London for a rally. It is however interesting to note that when the Deputy National Coordinator of IPOB UK contacted the British Metropolitan Police for permission to march on Trafalgar Square on the 30th of May 2019, they were informed by the officer responsible for issuing permits that since 2014 IPOB started its street protests in London, there had never been any breach of public peace compared to similar protests by others groups that have always degenerated into scuffles and altercations with law enforcement agencies in the London area.

Britain having recognised the very civil approach of IPOB, granted permission to the UK IPOB family to proceed with the rally without undergoing the tedious application process for a permit which groups are normally subjected to. No other liberation movement in the world can boast of the pedigree, presence or respect IPOB enjoys across civilized nations of the world.

READ ALSO: 30th May: Why We Must Sit at Home

There will be a complete lockdown of Biafraland and major cities where Biafrans have a significant population concentration like Sabon Gari in Kano, Lagos, Kaduna, Zaria, and Abuja.

We would like to remind certain criminally minded individuals, DSS informants, traitors, and Biafra-for-hire groups that hiding under the banner of Biafra agitation to serve Miyetti Allah agenda through Al Mustapha will only bring them shame and ridicule. As with tradition, Biafraland will be locked down on the 30th of May. These shadowy elements that only exist on the pages of newspapers- without any significant presence on the ground in Biafraland or anywhere else around the world, should retrace their steps before they are all consumed in the upcoming inferno of rage against traitors. Any attempt to discourage our people from honoring their heroes or bring ridicule to the memory of our own Biafran activists that died in the course of Biafra restoration will be calamitous for the said traitor or his group.

These shadowy groups must know that collecting money from their Fulani sponsors in order to disrespect our heroes that fought and died for us is not something we will tolerate. These charlatans without shame or honor have forgotten that some of their members died at the hands of the same people they have gone to collect money from to stop a remembrance that includes honoring those members of theirs that died in service to Biafra. This is the height of evil and betrayal of the very worst kind.

To shamefully make such open and unguarded statements concerning the remembrance day celebration of our fallen heroes and heroines who died that we may live is indicative of the hopelessness and criminal mindset of these Nigeria sponsored criminals masquerading as Biafrans. Only informants, traitors and saboteurs will dream stepping outside on the 30th of May and if they do, they will only have themselves to blame.

COMRADE EMMA POWERFUL MEDIA AND PUBLICITY SECRETARY FOR IPOB.

THE BIAFRA TIMES
Contact us: [email protected]
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Edited By Nelson Ofokar Yagazie
Publisher: Charles Opanwa

The United Nations Silence on Biafra Exit, a Conspiracy against Black Africa



May 14, 2019

By Okoafor Odinaka | Biafra Writers

The United Nations is an intergovernmental body with a mission to maintain peace, security, and human rights while offering humanitarian aids and promoting sustainable development. The UN principal organs include the General Assembly, the Security Council, the International Court of Justice, and more.

Some believe that the body is truly for peace and human development, while others doubt its sincerity and effectiveness. Those staring at the UN with doubtful eye are not doing so for fun; they have their reason. Cogent ones come to that.

As pointed out earlier, one of the aims of forming the UN is to maintain peace and security, and the UN has an organ – the Security Council – in charge of that.  Has this organ been awake to its duties as regards the Nigeria Biafra issue?  The UN Security Council has the power to make a binding decision on such matters like Biafraexit. Their silence, therefore, is conspiratorial demeaning.

The Secretary-General of the UN on whose laps the onus to bring to the attention of the Security Council matters that threaten international peace and security has conveniently looked the other way. And so has International Court of Justice, ICJ, whose principal assignment is to adjudicate international disputes. The court has heard cases of war crimes, illegal state interferences, ethnic cleansing, and other similar crimes, yet turned a blind eye. Maybe because black Africans are involved?

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In many cases, the UN member-states have shown reluctance in enforcing Security Council resolutions. Sometimes even, disagreements in the Security Council forestall peace moves. For example, disagreements in the Security Council over military intervention made the Rwandan genocide in 1994 to succeed for the length of time it did. Similarly, UN inaction is blamed for the Srebrenica massacre in 1995, the incessant killing of Biafrans in Nigeria, and to some extent, the Somali Civil War.

Since the formation of the UN, about seventy countries have gained independence. This was made possible by the UN declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonized Countries and Peoples.  Why then is the issue of Biafra different? Are Biafrans not humans?

Biafrans hereby call on the world to do the needful. We are being killed, raped, and humiliated almost on a daily basis. The world should act to preempt another war, for a man pushed to the wall has no choice than to push back.

THE BIAFRA TIMES
Contact us: [email protected]
Twitter:  @BiafraWriters
Edited By Nelson Ofokar Yagazie

Publisher: Charles Opanwa

Biafra’s Annual Heroes and Heroines Day, an Already Established Day in Biafra Land



May 14, 2019

By Eluwa Chidiebere Chinazu | Biafra Writers

Biafrans are a people carved out for total annihilation by Britain and their collaborators, using the Nigerian state as a tool. To realize this evil dream, all sorts of inhumane and degrading treatments have been exacted on the peace-loving people of Biafra. This can be mirrored in the several genocidal acts meted out on them for centuries.

It is pertinent to note that even before the creation of Nigeria, Biafrans experienced several horrors in the hand of the British Empire for opposing the rising power of the Royal Niger Company (RNC) in the land. The British Empire fought cruelly against Biafrans, killing thousands in their bid to gain absolute control of Biafra land. As of 1883-1914, the Biafrans have struggled with the Aro and the Ekumeku wars visited upon them by Britain.

In those wars, thousands of Biafran lives were lost in defense of our land. But for that great sacrifice of theirs, there wouldn’t have been anything like today’s generation; there wouldn’t have been anybody to resist the later aggressions informed by the British desire to take over the oil fields of Biafra.

The indirect rule system introduced by Fredrick Lugard in Biafra land was greatly repelled by gallant Biafran women in what is today known as “the Aba Women Riot of 1929.” In this attempt to protect the land from Lugard’s corrupt instincts perpetuated through his Warrant Chiefs, fifty-one women and one man lost their life.

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The people of Biafra have set aside 30th May of every year as a remembrance day for all who have sacrificed much for mother Biafra. On this day, Biafrans also remember the true elders of the land whose heads were cut off and hung on a stick for rejecting the evil antics of the colonialists.

The massacres of Biafrans in the North and in the Southwest (which precipitated the declaration of Biafra as a sovereign state) cannot be forgotten. Biafran pregnant women were disemboweled and then allowed to bleed to death.  Biafrans remember them.
The Biafran children who were starved to death, the civilians gruesomely killed during the war, and Biafran soldiers who died fighting in defense of our land are all remembered on the 30th of May every year. It is a day the people reminisce on their history, a day in which Biafrans appreciate those sacrifices that have kept them going and pledge never to back down until they extricate themselves from the abominable entity called Nigeria.

On that hallowed day of remembrance, members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), as well as members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, killed by the murderous Nigerian military are honoured. Every Biafran is hereby called on to observe this coming Biafra Heroes Day by simply sitting back at home.

THE BIAFRA TIMES
Contact us: [email protected]
Twitter:  @BiafraWriters
Edited By Nelson Ofokar Yagazie
Publisher: Charles Opanwa  

Monday, 13 May 2019

30th May: Why We Must Sit at Home



May 13, 2019

By Nelson Ofokar Yagazie | Biafra Writers

The first man my father trained in school, Francis Agboeze, died in the war.  Francis, classmate to Joe Nwodo, fought under the command of General Joe Achuzie. Till date, the younger brother, Remigius Agboeze, still shed tears at the mention or thought of Francis.

My mother told of how Uncle Francis would visit them in their refugee camp with food and other relief items. Sometimes he would visit alone, and at other times with a detachment of soldiers; never sitting down, his brave eyes darting here and there like viper’s. It was Francis who first showed her what a grenade looks like. She wouldn’t fail to mention how elegant and heroic Francis looked in his full Biafra military regalia.

And then, Francis stopped visiting. “In his place, the news of his death arrived,” mom would say in a melancholic voice, tears coursing down her cheeks to drench her blouse. Her gaze now distant, and a heavy sigh escaping her lips, mother would drift into a tale of woes – a tale of what Britain, working through Nigerian arch genocidal soldiers, did to Biafrans.

There was terrible hunger and starvation in the land. Markets, refugee camps, and even hospitals were air-raided by Egyptian, British and Soviet machinery pilots. Farms were destroyed to forestall attempts on food production. Even relief materials were intercepted and destroyed.

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Mom would tell how she and other women would prepare dishes and sneak into fields to supply Biafran soldiers. When there is no food, they would roast corns, crack kernels and take them with water to the fighting soldiers. She recounted the urgency with which the soldiers accepted the items and the pleased look in their eyes as they ate. “They fought on empty stomach,” mother would intone.

“They were outnumbered,” dad would add. But for the locally made armaments which came later, they fought practically with bare hands. They would lay in wait for the enemy, and when the opportunity presents itself, sneak in on them, overpower and take their weapons. “That’s how Biafran soldiers acquired their fighting arms until Biafran scientists began local arms productions,” Dad narrated.

Yes, Ojukwu lumped together his father’s wealth into arms purchase, but the world powers, fearing Biafra would emerge a Japan of Africa, conspired together and refused us arms deal while supplying the Nigerian side. And there was Ukpabi Asika factor too. Asika and his likes that were entrusted with the fund to pursue arms deal thought a luxurious life abroad more valuable than the war and the dying Biafrans, and so they pocketed the money and left to enjoy themselves in some foreign countries.  This is similar to our politicians and Ohaneze Ndigbo taking money from Nigerian government and looking the other way as Fulani herdsmen rape and kill us today. 

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Armless, outnumbered and blockaded they fought for three years, rebuffing the genocidal army and preserving Biafra from annihilation. Many of them died in the battlefield; many were terribly injured, resulting in amputation, loss of sight, and many other terrible deformations.

The finest of brains were there among the dead. Think of Christopher Ifekandu Okigbo – the best thing that ever happened to African poetry. Think of Dr. Imegwu, Joe Uchendu, Amamchukwu Okeke, Nathaniel Okpala, and many others.

How about the one million children that were starved to death? What offence did they commit? Scientists were among them; medical doctors were there too, and so were legal luminaries, Economists, Agriculturists, pilots, journalists, writers, Engineers, educationists, miners, filmmakers, footballers, musicians, choristers, bankers, and industrialists like Innoson who could produce cars and jets. They were all starved to death for no offense of their own. Think of where they would have been today in the society; think of the contributions they would have made to the societal growth. Think of people like Philip Emeagwali, Bath Nnadji, Ngozi Okonjo-Iwealaa, Kanu Nwankwo, Genevive Nnaji, Phyno Fyno, P’Square and all the names that propel the economy, stir technological advancement or entertain you. If they were starved to death or crushed by sheer brutal force of genocide, would we have had the advantage of benefiting from them? If you value the aforementioned folks and their contributions to the society, wouldn’t you grieve at their demise?   

We want to grieve the untimely and forceful demise of their kind during the thirty-month genocidal onslaught visited upon our people from 1967-1970. We want to tell them that we value their sacrifices and miss what they would have contributed to our growth as a people. We want to recognize and honour them.

READ ALSO: Biafra Heroes Day: Ohanaeze and the hood


I started this article with the story about my uncle, Francis Agboeze. I didn’t know him but from the stories told about him, my parents’ account and loving memories of him, I came to value and miss him. I miss a man I never met. This is because he was of value to the society while he walked the earth. He died defending his fatherland.

There are many Francis amongst us … just ask around and you will hear of them. They all died defending our parents. If they didn’t stand against the aggressors, would your parents have lived to give birth to you? Denying ourselves social, economic, academic and religious activities for a day as in honour of their sacrifices is not too much of us. Remember, the world over, people celebrate and honour their dead.

Again I demand you ask around. Ask your parents, and if your parents are no more, ask your uncles and aunties. There was a Francis Agboeze in your family; there was a Francis Agboeze in your neighbourhood. There is no family or neighbourhood that did not lose a soul in the war. Will sacrificing a day in their honour keep you from prospering? I don’t think so. Keep a date with them on May 30.

May God bless, nurture and sustain you all as you sit back home in honour of our dead.


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