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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

REMEMBERING THE BIAFRA WAR HEROS AND HEROINES:

BIAFRA:
REMEMBERING THE BIAFRA WAR HEROS AND HEROINES

The Nigerian Civil War, also known as the Biafran War, (6 July 1967- 15 January 1970), was a war fought to counter the secession of Biafra from Nigeria and to subject them to perpetual political, economic, and mental slavery it found herself today. 

Biafra represented nationalist aspirations of the entire people of the old eastern region whose leadership felt they could no longer coexist with the Northern-dominated federal feudal Islamic government. Nigeria’s different ethnic groups. Nigeria is horribly divided in such a way that the North  was assumed to have more population than the other two regions combined [which was actually a product of British rigging of the Nigeria census figures to favour the north]. On this basis, the Northern Region was allocated a majority of the seats in the federal legislature established by the colonial authorities. 

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The conflict resulted from political, economic, ethnic, cultural and religious tensions which preceded Britain's formal decolonisation of Nigeria from 1960 to1963. Nigeria, as a matter of facts, has never really been one homogeneous country, for it's widely differing peoples and tribes. This obvious fact notwithstanding, the former colonial master, Britain, decided to keep the country one in order to effectively control her vital resources for their economic interests. 

Close observation of Nigeria shows clearly that the only thing each conflicting and disagreeing ethnic groups that made up the British enclave had in common is "one Nigeria" phobia since each side had different administrative set - up. This alone, as experts can equally agree with me, was an insufficient basis for true unity. Under normal circumstances, the amalgamation ought to have brought the various peoples together and provide a firm basis for the arduous task of establishing closer cultural, social, religious, and linguistic ties devoid of ethnic rivalry among the people. Instead, there was division, hatred, rivalry, bigotry, and clearly a pronounced disparity in development. 

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Even the growth of nationalism and formation of  the subsequent political parties were based on ethnic rather than national interests. It is this ethnic differences that eventually degenerated into incessant killings and the counter coup that culminated into a bloody civil war following Biafra's secession out of the unholy wedlock that has known no peace right from inception. 

Yakubu Gowon on seeing that the activities the feudal Islamic northerners have already destroyed the fragile trust existing among the major ethnic groups, divided the country into twelve states from the original four regions in May 1967 without the consultation of the easterners who they already see as foreigners in the northern and southwestern regions and could not guarantee the protection of their lives or properties in those places. 

The Biafra war simply exemplifies in microcosm, a people under national oppression and stress that continue to agitate for self-independent in oppressive countries like Nigeria as in many parts of the world today, and would ever continue until it is achieved. After the genocidal war said to be for unity of the atrocious country, nothing was done to show the real integration of the war-ravaged Biafrans who went to the war to defend their survival rather than sitting on the fence and face extinction by the brutal uneducated, inhuman Nigeria soldiers who had publicly declared shooting on everything animate and inanimate in Biafra land. 

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Since then, Nigeria continues to remember their fallen genocidal, war criminal soldiers in the very war they started against us. There is no mention of Biafra fallen hero's, nor that of the innocent men, women, and children killed in that infamous war. There is no existence of viable war museum created to remember the event, neither is there any curriculum to teach our youths about the war. Everything that existed today about the war is purely fictitious creative stories by Nigeria government and does not contain Biafrans own version of the war. 

Having gone memory lane so far, it is important that Biafra nation stand her ground and defend these numerous injustices being meted against them by the oppressive Nigeria for over five decades now. No nation ever lives without remembering its hero's and heroines who laid their lives for the country. Biafra Heroes and Heroines remembrance day is one of such days in which our own dear country have chosen to honour our beloved men and women who despite the lack of weapons in Biafra during the unjust war, fought the Nigeria allies bare handed to a drastic halt for thirty whole months! 

That was bravery! Many laid their lives. We remember them come 30th May! May their ultimate price be a real source of inspiration to us all to love, cherish, and also determine to lay our own lives for our dear nation Biafra until freedom is achieved. 
All Hail Biafra!!

Written by Ezza Heritage.
Edited By IkeChukwu NwaOrisa
FOR BIAFRA WRITERS

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