The 30th of May of every year is a day that is dear in the heart of Biafrans, a day set aside for the remembrance of all the fallen Biafran heroes and heroines. A day every Biafran, man and woman, young and old, look forward to seeing every year. Biafran nation is a nation under persecution. Biafra nation is a nation in struggle. Biafra nation has been fighting for her independence.
Biafra as a nation has suffered incalculable losses in the course of its struggle and fight for freedom and independence. The land of the rising sun – Biafra, is a nation forced into the contraption called Nigeria. Nigeria is a contraption created by the British colonial authorities, it is a forced merger of various distinct nations constituting Biafra in the East, Arewa or the Muslim Emirates in the North and Oduduwa in the West. Since the arbitrary amalgamation of these irreconcilable nations in 1914, by the British colonials lords, things have changed from bad to worse for Biafra.
It has always been a history of one massacre to the other. Biafrans have been killed severally for no fault of theirs rather than for being gifted, creative, talented and industrious. The killing of Biafrans took place in the Northern city of Kano in 1953, where hundreds of innocent Biafrans were slaughtered in a pogrom backed by the government of Nigeria.
The killing of Biafrans continued up till 1966, when another holocaust was meted on Biafrans in the Northern part of Nigeria and some parts of the West. Biafran men, women and children were killed and slaughtered under the watch and supervision of the federal government of Nigeria and the world looked on and did nothing.
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On the 30th May 1967, The Republic of Biafra was declared by His Excellency, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu. But the Nigerian government were bent on killing and exterminating Biafrans because they lacked the sanctity to respect and honour Biafra’s right to freedom and self-determination. In his barbarism, the then Nigerian head of state - General Yakubu “Jack” Gowon, declared war on Biafra for daring to ask for freedom from the murderous and atrocious entity called Nigeria.
Biafrans had no choice other than to fight the battle for survival. As the fighting raged, Britain, Egypt, Russian, Sudan, and many other Arab nations joined forces with Nigeria to commit one of the worst genocides in the history of mankind. The genocide spearheaded by the British Empire claimed the lives of more than 3.5 million Biafrans including women, pregnant women and children.
Worthy of note is that the British Government then, under Harold Wilson committed the worst genocide in history in Biafra land, and up till date no official statement of remorse from Britain has been recorded. The blood of innocent Biafrans - women and children, are crying for justice and their spirits will not rest until the cause for which they were massacred is accomplished - the restoration of Biafra as a free and independent nation.
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On the 14th of October 2015, Nnamdi Kanu - the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, was kidnapped by the department of State Security (Dss). This led to various protests by Biafrans world wide, demanding for the immediate release of the IPOB leader, with placards written “Free Nnamdi Kanu” and “Free Biafra.” During those protests in Biafra land, the Nigerian Armed Forces would continually open fire on unarmed peaceful Biafran protesters who are agitating for the freedom of Biafra and that of their leader - Kanu.
Considering the predicaments that Biafra has been through and in their tradition of honouring and appreciating honourable and selfless services, decided to honour all the people that paid the supreme price in that genocidal war against Biafra, all Biafrans as well as non Biafrans who died defending Biafra. We also recognise all living Biafran and non Biafran heroes who fought for the freedom and independence of Biafra between 1967 and 1970.
Biafrans shall congregate at Nkpor Anambra state on the 30th of May 2016, to perform our traditional ceremony of honouring our fallen heroes and it shall be fruitful, and in the end, Biafra shall have freedom. For the murderous Nigeria government, which has taken it upon itself to continue to subjugate and to slaughter unarmed Biafrans, it has to remember that those who shed blood must pay for them.
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Biafrans are hereby placing the world on notice regarding our 30th of May remembrance day, in case the Nigerian soldiers and security forces try anything nasty as always, with their threats of attacking and shooting at peaceful Biafrans who would gather peacefully to remember the Biafrans gruesomely slaughtered by the murderous Nigeria and its accomplice – Britain.
Nigerian Government can not kill us and at the same time, stop us from mourning our dead. We have every right to pay respect to Biafran heroes and heroines who paid the ultimate prize for the restoration of the sovereign state of Biafra. We call on the international community, world leaders, international organisations and institutions and the world media, to focus attention on Biafra land and Nigeria and to pressurize Nigerian government and its security agencies to respect Biafrans’ rights to association.
They should be governed by rule of law and respect for human rights. The Nigeria government should shun brutality on Biafrans, violation of human rights and human dignity. May the souls of Biafrans departed through the mercy of the Most High, rest in peace. Amen.
Written By Anyikwa Kelechi Cynthia
Edited by KeneChukwu HalleluYah Okekenta
Published By Nwosu C.S
For Biafra Writers