Sunday, December 9, 2018

Important Facts on the Biafran War

Colonel Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu (4 November 1933 – 26 November 2011),  was the Head of State of Biafra.

Important Facts on the #Biafran War

Only about 100,000 #Nigerian and #Biafran soldiers were killed during the uncivil war from 1967-1970 in Independent Nigeria.  And contrary to all the unverified reports, the Biafran children who died, including three of my mother's children were not up  to 800, 000.
It interesting to note that racist South Africa and Rhodesia supported Biafra against Nigeria.

Why did these apartheid governments of racist white supremacists who despised the black race support Biafra against Nigeria in the internecine war?
To later take advantage of the oil rich eastern region of the Igbos or to worsen the crisis until the warring tribes utterly destroyed themselves and make Nigeria powerless to help the Frontline States in the guerrilla war against the racist governments after Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, KBE  (December 1912 – 15 January 1966) supported the freedom fighters of the African National Congress (ANC) of South Africa.
He was considered a pro-Western leader but was very critical of South African racial policies and of French plans to test atomic devices in the Sahara.
He was also instrumental in negotiations between Moise Tshombe and the Congolese authorities during the Congo Crisis of 1960–1964, led a vocal protest against the Sharpeville Massacre of 1960 and also entered into an alliance with Commonwealth Ministers who wanted South Africa to leave the Commonwealth in 1961.
The assassination of Tafawa-Balewa on January 15, 1966 was one of the critical causes of the Biafran war.

Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy, KG, GCVO, CD and Tafawa-Balewa.

It is important that the facts of our history are published and studied from primary school to the university. The circulation and publication of half truths and lies on the political history of Nigeria are doing collateral damage to the knowledge of millions of the children and young adults born after the civil war. The misinformation about the casualties of the war is what the mischievous political opportunists and agitators for the restoration of the defunct republic of Biafra are using to mislead multitudes of their ignorant and intellectually challenged youths of Igbos.

Battlefield in Biafra and malnourished Biafran children.

We cannot build a new nation on the foundation of the ignorance and misinformation of the people about our true history. Because, we cannot secure our future without the knowledge of our past.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima,
Author of "In the House of Dogs", " The Victory of Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Dream", "The Prophet Lied", " Diary of the Memory Keeper ", " Scarlet Years of London "and " Biafran Child ", a revised version of " Memories of a Refugee Child " and other original stories on the existential realties of life on earth.

The Victory of Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Dream: Michael Chima Ekenyerengozi: 9781329192287: Books

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