Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Without the Biafran War, 10 Million Igbos Would Not Have Been Born

Without the Biafran War, 10 Million Igbos Would Not Have Been Born
(In memorial tribute to all those we lost in the Biafran War.)

If the unforeseen circumstances that caused the tragic Biafran war of 1967-1970 did not occur, the history of Nigeria would have been different from what it is today.
More than ten million Igbos would not have been born, including the most celebrated Nigerian celebrity gossip blogger, Linda Ikeji, Bella Naija, Laila Ikeji, Don Jazzy, Flavour, PSquare, Yemi Alade, Nwankwo Kanu and J.J.Okocha.

Major-General Aguyi Ironsi would not have been the unfortunate first military Head of State of Nigeria; Colonel Yakubu Gowon would not have become the second military Head of State; Generals Murtala Mohammed, Olusegun Obasanjo, Muhammadu Buhari, Ibrahim Babangida, the late Sani Abacha, Abdulsalami Abubakar and successors would not have become Heads of State or Presidents; there would not have been creations of 36 states and Abuja would not become the federal capital; Mr. M. K. O. Abiola would not have become a billionaire and presidential nominee and no June 12 Crisis; there would not have been an Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, because he would not have been a Senator, Governor of Lagos State or Asiwaju.

Many other phenomenons, events and incidents would not have occurred. In fact, you will not be here reading this blog now, because the existence among millions of other things in Nigeria are consequences of the Biafran war which changed the trajectory of the history of Ṇ́dị́ Ìgbò and the rest of Nigeria.

More than one million Igbos were lost in the Biafran war, but the total population of Igbos was not up to 6 million before the war. And today, the population is more than 34 million. I estimated that more than 10 million of them would not have been born, because majority of Igbos would have been more educated; socioeconomically and politically advanced in the nation building of modern Nigeria that they would not have a poor majority who have been breeding many children without family planning.

An Igbo democrat would have become the second President or Prime Minister of Nigeria after Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe and Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. And believe it or not, the great Patriarch of modern Yoruba nation, Chief Ọbáfẹ́mi Awólọ́wọ̀ would have succeeded Azikiwe or Balewa as the President or Prime Minister. But the unforeseen circumstances of fate and time changed the history of Nigeria forever.
C'est la vie.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima

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