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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

NIS EXCLUSIVETHE WORLD WAS SILENT WHEN WE DIED – effect of the havoc and lost 50 years ago



The immediate cause of the civil war itself may be identified as the coup and the counter coup of 1966 which altered the political equation and destroyed the fragile trust existing among the major ethnic groups as (Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba which was created after independence in 1960).  As a means of holding the country together in the last result, the country was divided into twelve states from the original four regions in May 1967 by Gen. Yakubu Gowon the then military head of state. 
The former Eastern Region under Lt. Col. Chukwuemeka Odimegwu  Ojukwu saw the act of the creation of states by decree "without consultation" as the last straw, and declared the Region an independent state of "Biafra".  The Federal Government in Lagos saw this as an act of secession and illegal.  Several meetings were held to resolve the issue peacefully,but none of the effort met success.  To avoid disintegration of the country, the central government was left with only one choice of bringing back the Region to the main fold by force, hence the “WAR”. The Federal side expected a quick victory while the Biafrans saw the war as part of survival and were ready to fight to the last man.

After three failed attacks on Biafra, the Nigerian government declared a land and sea blockade on Biafra in order to starve its residents.   On May 19, 1968, the city Port Harcourt, the most important port in Biafra, fell to Nigerian forces (which they called Sabotage).  As the blockade of Biafra continued, famine began to spread.  While the Nigerian forces bombed agricultural lands, Biafra’s military situation quickly deteriorated.

Realizing the hopelessness of the situation, the self - acclaimed Head of State of Biafra, Lt. Col. Ojukwu, fled the enclave with his immediate family members on the 10th of January 1970 to Côte d'Ivoire, leaving his deputy, Philip Effiong with no option but to surrender to Gen. Yakubu Gowon of the federal army, on 14th January 1970, when he found out defeat has crawled him up, thus bringing an end to the war. 


During the war, there were 100,000 military casualties and between 500,000 and two million civilians' deaths from starvation.[5] It has been estimated that up to three million people may have died due to the conflict and the majority died of disease and hunger, rather than from the fighting itself, and most of them were women, children, and elderly people who did not take part in the fighting at all, and they were basically “IGBOS.”

It’s 50 Years now after the war, despite thehavoc lost it brought, yet agitation for Biafra is still on the rise as different groups has emerged demand for a secession from Nigeria. Though the focal point for this write-up is neither to discuss of secession nor to bring-up the Biafran republic (which has gone extinct), but  to Commiserate the lives and properties that were lost as a result of the war.



Images such as this of a starving child in the international media generated compassion for the plight of the Biafrans caused by the Nigerian blockade

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To my brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers and the Millions who lost their lives during the war, I admire their courage strength and power. But I wish there was no war, they would’ve lived and make this beloved land of ours GREAT!!!
I Pray for the calm and serenity of your spiritual well being ------Have a place in the “bosom of paradise”

Nigeria and Nigerian Loved and Miss You………………………..
NB: The title of this write up might not be in line with the body, rather its used to portray the tragedic effect  of our loved ones who lost their lives during the Nigerian-Biafran civil war 50 years ago.

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