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50 years of Asaba genocide and final red card for Christian Gabuu of Ghana

“On the grant of the Charter to the Royal Niger Company July 10, 1886, the man to whom Goldie turned to as the Chief Justice of the new Administration was Sir James Marshall. The headquarters was at Asaba.”

Oluwole T.S. Elias, Makers of Nigerian Law, Lagos 1963.

Three landmark events as a result of their overwhelming impact and consequences to the history of Asaba will continue to define and shape the civilisation of its people.

In the ancient cartography of Mungo Park’s Travel map also cited in the W.B. Baikie, the 1854 Asaba Report, it was recorded that Asaba was a “surprise,” and according to those early colonial adventurers “a town so clean so rich….well laid out by such unprepossessing race.” In their own 1830 Report, Richard and John Lander recorded that “Asaba with so handsome a race of females….” provided the first eyewitness description by a European, of a thriving city on the Niger. Elsewhere, J.B. Whiting 1881, described Asaba as a “fine hilly country, providing a thirty feet wide road from the waterside to the hills, through shaded lanes.”

On his own part, Asaba roads in H.H. Robinson 1891 Report, “extended over a thousand acres, clean and orderly…. were the famous Asaba Niger farms….a sight truly worth seeing.”

See Last Dance on the Niger, Gomslam Books, page 87.

Before the Amalgamation, Asaba was the civil headquarters of the Royal Niger Company, a British chartered company, which ruled and traded in the area. Lokoja, a town north of Asaba which stands at the confluence of the river Niger and its principal tributary, the river Benue, was the military headquarters. That was why, when the British crown took over control of the territory from the Royal Niger Company on January 1, 1990, the Jus Pax flag of the Royal Niger Company was lowered and the British Union Jack hoisted in its place at both Asaba and Lokoja.

From 1886 to 1904, Asaba town was the provincial headquarters of the Royal Niger Company and for all those years, its political and commercial importance was at its zenith. The first attempt to plant Christianity in Asaba was by the Church Missionary Society, (CMS). The Niger Mission landed in Asaba in 1875 and the Anglican missionaries spread from there to the hinterland towns of Osomala and Oko, as intensified missionary operations followed in Aniocha and other Ika areas down to Ogwashi-Ukwu, Ubulu-Ukwu, Akwu-Ukwu, Onicha Olona, Ezi, Idumuje, Ugboko, etc.

As the first capital, Asaba blossomed in education, and in 1917, Jacob Onyemem was recorded as the first African Linguist who spoke French, English, and Italian and wrote Latin. Asaba’s early investment in education enabled her sons and daughters dominate the Nigerian civil service with Justice Chike Idigbe leading others in the country’s Judiciary, and Dennis Osadebay was the Nigeria Acting Governor General, President to the Senate, and the first and the last Premier of the Midwestern State. J.I.G. Onyia, Nduka Eze, Leo Okogwu, Okafor Edozein, Okei Achamba were the visible leaders in the Nigeria’s struggle for Independence and were spearheads in the nation’s trade union movement.

At this time Michael Ugo, was registered as the wealthiest Blackman in the world, he was the first African to engage in the import and export business. Violet Odogwu and Sydney Asiodu made the Nigerian Olympic team after Independence. Professor Chike Edozien was the Dean of Faculty of Medicine, University of Ibadan.

Progressively, after Independence, Asaba produced the Senate President, Acting Governor General, the Premier of the Midwest, its Chief Justice, and out of the eight Doctors in the Benin hospital, Asaba had Doctors, Patrick Ofili, J.B. Azinge, Nicholas Azinge, Mathias Obiaya, Francis Ogeah, Eugene Akwule and Ngozi Allanah. Dr. Nkeaka was from Ibusa.

Asaba’s Pensioner’s Union with its cosmopolitan President, D.N. Mordi had grown and toppled the numbers recorded by the Abeokuta Pensioner’s Union and by early ‘60s Asaba serene picturesque environ overlooking the paradise of Akwa Ose gardens, sprouting its cherished blue and lavender colored berries had attracted the United Nations and Asaba was going to be named a UN city to be preserved as a world cultural center!

That civilisation was cut down and like Carthage; Asaba was put to the sword and destroyed on the memorable day of October 7, 1967.

Suddenly we have only one month to go as the community prepares to mark the Jubilee date of that blight to humanity.

The people of Ode in Bayelsa State who suffered the same trauma and the people of Zaki Biam in Benue State who also were victims of army genocide have been compensated. Ode was awarded N36 billion by a Port Harcourt High Court and negotiated for N15 billion few days as Doctor Ngozi Iweala was exiting office. Zaki Biam’s N41.8 billion compensation has already been approved by the Federal Government.

All the same, the Federal Government had by 1972 announced its decision to pay “exgratia compensation for losses and damages arising from the last civil war. An announcement from the Cabinet office stated that exgratia payment will be made only to civilians who were impressed into the Nigerian Armed forces during the war to carry out specific military duties and who in the process of executing those assignments lost their lives or suffered personal injuries or loss of property.”

The main theatres of war, the Statement explained, are the three eastern States and the Midwest. The decision was based on the Report of a Committee established by the Federal Government early in 1970 to consider the possibility of meeting compensation claims for losses and damages arising from the war. (see Sunday Times, December 10, 1972, Government to Pay War-Damage Compensation.)

The Final Red Card to Gabuu

He was the incredible star of his generation, a terror to many football defenders. The small sized holding midfielder can with his brand of football touches, and gifted with an unbelievable dribbling ingenuity was able to detangle block defense lines. While the modern magicians; Christiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi may not be hundred per cent sure on the Spot Kick, Christian Madu in his prime would close his eyes, hit it pass the goalkeeper to any of the far corners. (see Rangers International FC…. History of a People, Star Parade, Gom Slam 2017.)

As the number one star of Ghana’s Great Olympics FC, Christian Madu would be ushered into the stadium behind a mini festival of dancing masquerades, stage actors and the Christian Madu’s cheering parade…. Before coming over to join the Rangers in Nigeria, he was a deity and in the Accra stadium he was more popular than the Ghanaian Presidents.

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Few days ago, after a long period of diabetic spell, Christian Madu, the footballer we may not see his like again, finally gave up as he collected his last red card from heaven.

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  1. Ezekiel Okeke 6th September 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Asaba massacre is not comparable to Odi and Zaki Biam cases. Asaba case is a war case- it is now 50 years war- we are in the climax- the final battle and deadline is October 1st 2017. Natives of Asaba will celebrate the 50 years war victory under Niger Delta Republic. God Is With Us!!!

  2. Ezekiel Okeke 7th September 2017 at 6:56 am

    The fact that the political name nigeria is an Illusion has been established after more than hundred years. All wars against Biafra has been lost. The final battle has begun. God given Republic Of Biafra of the five south east states Deadline with the political name nigeria, is October 1st 2017. It is now BIAFRAN REVOLUTION WAR to crush the few remaining thugs etc. of the enemy in Biafraland of the five south east states. Biafran David’s Stone is Biafran Fire to Burn Down the enemy’s barracks, thugs in the name of military, police, dss etc., the enemy’s vehicles etc. As I already said, any Igbo man or woman in nigeria military, police etc. who do not quit now and play his or her role in this final battle, will never have a place in any form in God given Republic Of Biafra of the five south east states. Any Igbo man or woman of the five south east states who do not stand for this final battle to play his or her role in it, vacates Biafraland now, will never have a place in any form in Biafraland, any who do not stand for this final battle to play his or her role in it, and do not vacates Biafraland now, will be crushed with the enemy in this final battle of BIAFRAN REVOLUTION WAR. As I already said, God will raise the grass to fight for Biafra in this final battle, if need be. God given Republic Of Biafra of the five south east states Deadline with the political name nigeria, is October 1st 2017. God given victories are Republic Of Biafra and Niger Delta Republic. God Is With Us!!!

  3. Ezekiel Okeke 7th September 2017 at 6:20 pm

    The way Ojukwu is the Biafran Leader- death or alive, so is Effiong the Leader of Niger Delta Republic- death or alive. The 1967 engagement under Biafran name is Eastern Region Project. As I already said, the fundamental errors in the 1967 engagement has been corrected and advanced it under Republic Of Biafra of south east and Niger Delta Republic of south south. Our leaders lay the 50 years project foundation in 1967, this the climax and Deadline is October 1st 2017. The final battle has begun to crush the few remaining enemy. God given victories are Republic Of Biafra and Niger Delta Republic. God Is With Us!!!

  4. ochendo 8th September 2017 at 6:02 am

    oh my people!early voyagers;pathfinders on the Nigerian landscape.truly the light of this nation.if only there was no amalgamation;if only the regional governments continued;if only there was fiscal federalism;and indeed,if only there was no Nigeria these gifted people from a gifted tribe would have been standing tall in the league of nations because they had a dream.yes,they were living their dream until …………whether under divide and rule you call them midwest or mideast they have surnames and they know their root.jubilee.yes,a time to celebrate an event including pains not forgotten.perhaps the federal government would order them not to have a procession nor carnival nor church service.seek police permission to hold an assembly because the shadow of Biafra would be seen and perhaps the spirit.today’s federal government might see it as a hate gathering with the possible consequent hate speeches when they will condemn the genocide(a hate action).it is written odi genocide compensation was negotiated downward but zaki biam was approved.why?

  5. Ezekiel Okeke 8th September 2017 at 6:04 am

    God given victories are Republic Of Biafra, Capital- Enugu, Interim President- Anyim Pius Anyim from October 1st 2017. And Niger Delta Republic, Capital- Calabar, Interim President- Goodluck Jonathan from October 1st 2017. God Is With Us!!!

  6. Ezekiel Okeke 8th September 2017 at 9:10 am

    If Clerk and co. are against Niger Delta Republic, Capital- Calabar, Interim President- Goodluck Jonathan from October 1st 2017, let there be referendum by sit-at-home in south south in which majority natives of south south decides democratically, before October 1st 2017. Only majority natives of south south decides. God Is With Us!!!

  7. Ezekiel Okeke 8th September 2017 at 4:26 pm

    It is now clear to the world that the final battle of the 50 years Biafra – Nigeria War has begun- which the enemy nickname Python Dance II, which God has given Biafra victory. The enemy should know the name so as to prepare very well. It is BIAFRAN REVOLUTION WAR, It is not Conventional War. It is Operation Burn Down the enemy in Biafraland. Biafran David`s Stone is Biafran Fire to Burn Down the enemy`s barracks, thugs in the name of military, police, dss etc., the enemy`s vehicles etc. Any Igbo man or woman of the five south east states in nigeria military, police etc. who do not quit now and play his or her role in this final battle, will go down with the enemy, any Igbo man or woman of the five south east states who do not stand for this final battle, do not play his or her role in it, do not vacate Biafraland now, will go down with the enemy. God will raise the grass to fight for Biafra in this final battle, if the need be. God has put the enemy in Biafra hands to crush- there is no escape rout for the enemy in Biafraland, their end is on Biafra Soil. After the victorious storm, a Prosperous Nation will be built in Biafraland. God given Republic Of Biafra of the five south east states deadline with the political name nigeria, is October 1st 2017. God Is With Us!!!

  8. Ezekiel Okeke 8th September 2017 at 6:32 pm

    The world now know the final battle of the 50 years Biafra – Nigeria War has begun, which the enemy nickname Python Dance II. It is BIAFRAN REVOLUTION WAR. It is not Conventional War- fact the enemy should know to prepare very well. It is Operation Burn Down the enemy in Biafraland. Biafran David’s Stone is Biafran Fire to Burn Down the enemy’s barracks, thugs in the name of military, police, dss etc., the enemy’s vehicles etc. God has put the enemy in Biafra hands to crush- there is no escape rout for the enemy in Biafraland, their end is on Biafra Soil. God given Republic Of Biafra of the five south east states deadline with the political name nigeria, is October 1st 2017. God Is With Us!!!

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