Prologue: Achebe, Gowon, Awo and the Nigerian civil war controversy

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By NDUBUISI ORJI

For a long time to come, the issue of the Nigerian civil war would continue to generate serious discourse in the country. Nigeria had waged a bitter war against the defunct Peoples Republic of Biafra between 1966 and 1970.

The defunct Eastern Region under the leadership of the late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu had planned a secession from Nigeria and christened itself the Peoples Republic of Biafra. Thereafter, the then Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon declared a police action to crush what he termed Ojukwu’s rebellion. The police action eventually snowballed into a civil war that lasted for 30 months. It was a very fierce war.

While the federal government fought hard to stop the defunct Eastern region from breaking away, the Biafrans fought harder to maintain their newly found independence.  In the process all kind of weapons were deplored in the war. When the war was taking more time than anticipated, the   federal government allegedly decided to blockade Biafra. Consequently, the new republic could not get food from the outside world to feed the populace.

The aim of that alleged blockade broke the will and fighting spirit of the Igbos and brought them back into the federation. Following the blockade, there was hunger, anguish and a cocktail of diseases triggered off by malnutrition. Eventually, this led to death for millions of Igbos especially women and children. It was indeed the pictures of malnourished Biafran children with bloated stomachs and tiny legs that drew the attention of the world to enormity of the suffering of the citizens of the young republic.

There were alleged cases of bombardment of   civilians in markets, hospitals and refugee camps within the Biafran enclave by the federal troops. When the centre could no longer hold for Biafra, General Philip Effiong, Ojukwu’s deputy, who was in charge of the secessionist republic following the latter’s trip in search of peace  surrendered  to the Federal Government and the war ended. At the end of the war, Easterners particularly Igbos were confronted with a new challenge. Most of their properties outside Biafra before the outbreak of war were declared abandoned property. That was not all.

All Easterners who had money in various banks before the war started three years earlier were given a paltry sum of 20 pounds irrespective of whether they had millions or billions of pounds in the banks.  The economic woes of the people  were exacerbated by the indigenization policy of the Federal Government which came on stream in 1974, four years after the end of the civil war. For a  people just recovering from the ruins of war, it was near impossible for a vast majority of Igbos to participate in the exercise which was designed to transfer ownership of some foreign companies in the country to Nigerians.

The events of the civil war and others immediately after it are the thrust of Professor Chinua Achebe’s memoirs, “There was a country: a personal history of Biafra.” Since the release of the book, all hell has been let loose. Public commentators have risen up in arms, some in commendation, others in condemnation of Achebe depending on which part of the country the commentators hail from. In the book, apart from accusing former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon of genocide against the Igbos during the war, the author also accused former Premier of Western Region, and war time Minister of Finance, the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo of  spearheading a policy aimed at annihilating the Igbos during the war in order to advance his political cause and that of Yorubas in Nigeria.

Awolowo was Vice Chairman of the Federal Executive Council during the war. Achebe, a man who is never afraid to call a spade by its real name pointedly said in the book  that “it is my impression that Chief Obafemi Awolowo was driven by an overriding ambition for power for himself in particular and  for the advancement  of his Yoruba in general. And let it be said there is, on the surface, at least  nothing wrong with those aspirations.

However, Awolowo saw the dominant Igbos at the time as obstacles to that goal, and when the opportunity arose-the Nigeria-Biafra War- his ambition drove him into a frenzy to every length to achieve his dreams. In the Biafra case, it meant hatching up a diabolical policy to reduce numbers of his enemies significantly through starvation-eliminating over two million, mainly members of future generations”. Achebe said the policies and others before them were geared towards obliterating the economy of a people.

He holds Gowon and Awolowo and other members of the Gowon regime responsible. In his view, the duo spear headed “boatload of infamous and regrettable policies” against the Igbos during and immediately after the civil war. This is not the first book on the Nigeria Civil war. But none of the other books before it has generated  so much tension and  emotions as it is doing.   But in writing about Awolowo, Achebe touched a raw nerve in the Yoruba nation.

And since the review of the book was published by the Guardian of London, it has been controversy all the way. But ironically, both Gowon and the late former Premier of Defunct Western Region had defended the blockade of Biafra, the 20 pounds policy and the indigenization policy, saying that they had no regret over the roles in the war and their policies after it. Gowon, in a recent interview denied that his administration engaged in the mass killing of Igbos during the war. He also said that the federal government did not also use hunger as a weapon to dislodge the dissidents.

“It was the Igbo that objected to the creation of corridor for movements of  medical  aid  and food supplies  to the civilian population at the period; on this,  I am ready to face the International Criminal Court of Justice at the Hague for prosecution over  the role played by me during the war,” he said. While Awolowo had stated in a town hall meeting in 1983 that he was actually sending food to the civilians in Biafra during the way but had to stop when he discovered that it was being hijacked by the soldiers.

“So, I decided to stop sending food there. In the process, the civilians will suffer but the soldiers will suffer most,” he explained. The explanation of both men notwithstanding, there has been no let up in the controversy. Former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode said the blockade Biafra during the war was a natural thing to do in war situation. He is peeved that author of Things Fall Apart is linking  Awolowo with the blockade of Biafra which led to hunger, diseases and death. Fani-Kayode said it is therefore “unfair, unreasonable, it is irrational and it is responsible” for Achebe to lay the blames on Awolowo.

He added that “There was a war and in that war there was a blockade which the Nigerian government placed against the Eastern Nigeria. They did so because it was a standard practice in any war.” But Professor ABC Nwosu sees the stance of Awolowo towards Biafra during the war as a betrayal of friendship. According to him, “Achebe and Ndigbo do not hate Pa Awolowo as a person. It is noteworthy that Ndigbo and Biafrans do not attack Pa Awolowo for the swift change of the Nigerian currency.

What they quarrel with is Chief Awolowo’s robust defence of the Federal Military Government’s inhuman policy of mass starvation as a result of which millions of Biafran children died. He added that “Ndigbo also quarrel with Pa Awolowo and the Federal Government’s policy in 1970 of expropriating Igbo funds lodged in Nigerian banks (after the war of unity had been won and lost) in exchange for the “ex-gratia” award of 20 pounds for each Igbo person who could authenticate his account, no matter the sum in that account.

I must emphasize that this “ex-gratia award” was not for every Igbo person who survived but only for those who had bank accounts.” However, Mr Brady Chijoke Nwosu, acting National Publicity Secretary of Njiko Igbo, a political pressure group in the South east  says the controversy arising from this Achebe’s book is not necessary now. According to him, all that Achebe wrote in his memoirs are known facts.

He added “The issue of 20 pounds for all the money you have is an open wound. It is a known fact. Since the book was published, I have read the counter reaction of Ebenezer Babatope, I have that of Fani Kayode. I look at all these write ups, they even mentioned where Awolowo concurred based on that policy. In warfare now, America will throw bomb at you on one hand and give you food on the other hand.

They want you to eat while you are alive, when you are dead you are dead.” Though a few analysts have even argued that it would have been better if Achebe has allowed sleeping dogs to lie, but is imperative that story of that era be documented by both observers and key participants so that future generations  can read and judge for themselves.

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  1. Are those evil gang members not suffering it now.what has become of Nigeria.one day mark my words there will be an all out way between the Yorubas and the Hausas whether any one like it or not because ALMIGHTY GOD is ev on the throne and will right all wrongs naturally.if it was the Yorubas that suffered what the igbos suffered I know all hell would have been let loose.but I know they are a selfish tribe.wrong is wrong.evil is evil no matter how you try to defend it.what was done to the igbos was total evil and GOD who is in heaven will always at one time right all wrong.by the way what wrong did the igbos did by wanting to be on their own from people who don’t want them.before the civil thousands of igbos were been massacred by uncivilized fulanis.i personally watched documentary in which Igbo pregnant women stomach were reeped open and their unborn children taken out and killed.more than 400,000 thousand igbos were killed for no just cause of their own.may anyone who support evil never escapes from that evil,Amen.some people have said some Igbo officers that planned the first cup caused the mass killings of the igbos.the question I asked is that so many other military coups have been planned by Hausa fulanis in which same Hausas w
    Officers were killed.why didn’t the Hausas rose up and killed relations of those same Hausa officers,after all Hausas who really contribute nothing to Nigeria has planned by far the highest number of coups in Nigeria and hell did not break loose.it was because of the evil done to igbos that IBB who is the only wise Hausa man I know of that Barnes the Nigeria civil war documentary videos.why did he burned thee Nigeria civil war videos if what was done to the igbos was not evil?he Barnes those documentaries because he want to hide the evils they did.but thank GOD human beings aren’t GOD.GOD will always expose all evil and naturally there is what is called law of Kama.igbos are hated because of the intelligient,hard works and genuinely.whoever GOD has blessed will forever remain blessed.the more you try to kill them the more stronger they become.this Hausas the only natural resources they are very good at is murder.the only time the Hausa fulanis comes first is when it comes to killing.this peo
    Le takes pride in killing.they have killed the highest number of innocent people the world over.if I’m wrong can anyone of them prove me wrong.Achebe may blessing of GOD not depart from you,your children and generation for saying the truth.and those who hide the truth and who continues to hide the truth never escapes from the eternal anger ofGOD Amen.

  2. The lord said do not be afraid of those who can kill the physical body but can’t kill the soul.hausa fulanis,Hausa fulanis and their collaborators,how many time did I call you.continue to kill,kill,kill,kill.atleast the world over have now known there are people whose natural resources is murder and mass murder.allow an Hausa Fulani man a space in your compound and after few days he will kill you to takeover what belongs to you.hahahahahahaha.can anyone tell me what has happened between the Hausa fulanis and their murder collaborators.there is war between the Hausa Fulani and their evil collaborators in plateau state,in kaduna and more will arise.and no matter the peace meeting the Hausa fulanis will continue to kill their murder collaborators because there is always what is called Kama.the north has especially the fulanis have ruled Nigeria much more than any section of Nigeria,they have produced the highest number of military leaders,civilian president,ministers,they have the highest local government and bloated population.ironically it is still the same north that has the highest number of illiterates,poverty and all evil indices.law of Kama working perfectly well.they will never know peace.boko haram child play.worst boko haram will arise,hahahahahahaha.it is very sweet and good to have faith in every word of GOD.never follow evil doers to do evil because there must always be pay back time.ciroma and Bihari offered Nigeria hell if they are not allowed to continue intimidating and ruling Nigeria.and sure they kept to their words.hahahahaha.

  3. The sweetest of it all is that no matter who you are,one good day death will come naturally and you will face GOD who is not impartial.GOD will never allow evil to enter his kingdom.so murderers continue to kill ooo.one very good day you will face judgement and will account for those lives you killed,you will account for those lives you secretly planned the killing.It is better to be killed than to kill.yes it is true.those that kills in the name of politics,or any reason don’t stop ooo.

    • You are indeed a true son of your father. Let people like Fani-Kayode continue to rant. He is only a minor in the scheme of things in this country, ex-minister or not.
      People like Wole Soyinka whose intellectual capacity is comparable with that of Achebe has taken his stand and not even Babatope (Abacha boy) or little Fani can change that. Long live Chinua long live Wole Soyinka.

  4. [email protected] on

    You start your Prologue from a biased premise
    “All Easterners who had money in various banks before the war started three years earlier were given paltry sum of 20 pounds’ irrespective of whether they had million or
    billion of pounds in the banks’…..” There you go again, EXAGERATION!
    How much was the Budget of the Federal Government
    in each of the years preceding the war? Definitely not so many millios of pounds,not to talk of billions
    There were two major banks in the East then: African Continental Bank and the Cooperative Bank of Eastern
    Nigeria..How many Easterners were patrionizing these banks before the war? Do you have the banks Annual Statements of Account prior to the civil war? I bet, not too many individuals had hundreds of thousands of pounds.And the ones who had such ,had them domiciled in Lagos Port Harcourt ,Enugu and Onitsha, most of which were drawn down during the clarion call for Biafrans to migrate and exchaged for biafran currency. .Before you crash-land and reasonable people consider your stories suspect and, as another version of Achebe’s biased story ,check your facts .We are interested in reading stories based on seasoned facts not on hear-say that can be punctured. Less than 20 per cent of Easterners patrionized banks before the war This we know. .How come everyone lied they had bank accounts without any proof ?

  5. The interesting aspect of the entire debate is that most of the responses are born out of serious intellectual discourses, but more on tribal and emotion sentiments. Of all the responses so far, only Odia Ofemo attempted any serious discourse on the issues. But Odia too allowed his personal prejudice, and brazen sense of hatred of the author to over-ride a good sense of judgement and wealth of knowledge of the behind the scene informations. In any event, war is bad, and asking who won a war is like asking who won in a natural catastrophe? But that war, there is never a victor nor a van gushed is an ancient axiom. All you see, is a temporary moment of victory – an interlude of fleetly moment of victory of preparation for another stage of struggle in which evils wears a new mask. Our collective irrationality is our inability to learn from History.

  6. The igbos should thank God who is blessing them, though they were given 20 pounds but today they are the richest tribe in Nigeria. All those that fought them are receiving their on share directly or indirectly.

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  8. Igbos are Isrealits, small but mighty, God is fighting for them. I have been to north, they are far behind the Igbos in all angles. No igbo man is a lazy type. Awolowo and so called Gowon really delt with us during the civil war. Not only with starvation and hunger, awolo and his militarymen forced our women to bed. Awolo raped my grand- mama. Awolo died of STD and I know that Go-won and obj will soon join him and his brother fela

  9. Ajuzie charles on

    Our dear Father Achebe has just said a pint of what happened i have the work of Fedrick Forsyth : the making of an African Legend; the Biafran story. He said and indicted General Gowon and the bristish Government who aided a Nigerian Military clique with arms, and it began to look like a genocide, certainly the biggest bloodbath in Africa’s History. The problem is that we know the truth but we like to cover it in his Prologue Forsyth wrote” Nothing can or ever minimize the injustice and brutality perpetrated on the Biafran people, nor diminish the shamefulness of a British government’s frantic, albeit indirect, participation.. In page 97 of the Book a group calling itself the National concilation Commitee led by Chief Justice Sir Adetokunbo Ademola and Chief Awolow visited Ojukwu on may 7, listened and accepted all his demands which includess the agreement of 9 agust to post troops back to their regionsof origin. But what happened after the Igbos have sent back Nigerian troops the Gowon led Government and his consultants did not live to their Bargain.
    Let the truth be said and let the wounds be healed.

  10. THE WAR OF WORDS BETWEEN THE YORUBAS AND THE IGBOS

    AS YOU MAY HAVE KNOWN, I AM FROM RIVERS STATE AND MARRIED AN IGBO WOMAN FROM UMUAHIA. THE ATTITUDE OF MY WIFE AND MY INLAWS TELL ME A LOT OF STORIES ABOUT THE IGBOS. I CAN CONFIRM THAT GOD IS WITH THE IGBOS. MY WIFE AND MY INLAWS ARE FANTASTIC PEOPLE. I HAVE 8 CHILDREN , FOUR BOYS AND FOUR GIRLS FROM MY DEAR WIFE. THEY ARE THE PRIDE OF MY COMMUNITY TODAY. MY SECOND WIFE IS FROM IS FROM AKURE AND SHE HAS 3 CHILDREN FOR ME. SHE ALWAYS COMMENDS THE IGBOS. SHE IS STILL WITH ME AND ALL OF US LIVE IN HARMONY TOGETHER.

    YORUBAS LISTEN. IT IS US NON-IGBOS THAT DID WRONG TO THE IGBOS DURING THE CIVIL WAR. THIS WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE LIES GOWON AND HIS BROTHERS TOLD US IN THE RIVERS STATE AT THAT TIME. THEY TOLD US THAT IF WE LEAVE THE PROPERTY OF THE IGBOS, WE WOULD BE THE GREATEST LOSERS. CEAZE THEIR PROPERTY AND THEY WILL NOT HAVE MEANS TO SURVIVE AND YOU WILL BENEFIT FROM THAT. THEY TOLD US THAT THE IGBOS ARE BAD AND WOULD BUILD ALL OVER THE STATE AND OUR CHILDREN WILL HAVE NO PLACE TO BUILD IN FUTURE. WE BELIVED THEM AND SEAZED THEIR PROPERTY. WE SACKED THEM FROM OUR STATE. THEY WENT TO THEIR STATE, SOUTH/EASTEN STATE. WE THOUGHT THEY WERE DYING. THEY SURVIVED MORE THAN US WHO WERE DECEIVED BY AND AWOLOWO. PLEASE DO NOT BE ANNOYED BECAUSE I MENTION AWOLOWO HERE. WE NIGERIANS OWE APOLOGY TO THE IGBOS BECAUSE WE DID THEM WRONG BY THE WAY WE TREATED THEM DURING THE WAR. I DO NOT KNOW HOW YOU WILL FEEL IF THE BUILDINGS YOU IN ONITSHA , OWERRI, ENUGU WERE TO BE SEAZED BY THESE STATES ESPECIALLY IF ANOTHER PERSON FROM ANOTHER STATE WERE TO INSTIGATE THAT SEISURE. IF YOU ARE FROM LAGOS , AND HAD BUILDINGS IN IBADAN, AKURE, ONDO OSHOGBO WERE TO BE SEIZED BY AN INSTIGATION FROM SOMEBODY FROM THE NORTH. YOU ARE FROM THE WESTERN REGION AS THE IGBOS WERE FROM THE EASTERN REGION. WE WERE THE SAME REGION UNTIL GOVWON DECEIVED US TO DO WHAT WE DID.
    HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF YOU HAD £2,000,000, IN YOUR ACCOUNT AND SOMEBODY CAME AND SAID YOU HAVE RIGHT TO ONLY £20? THINK ABOUT IT. SURELY YOU WILL FEEL VERY BAD. DURING AND AFTER THE WAR ONE OF OUR BROTHERS, A WRITER WOULD NOT LET IGBOS TO REST. HE PAID FOR IT. YOU CANNOT SLAP A BABY AND AT THE SAME TIME TELL HIM NOT TO CRY. I AN NOW 84 YEARS OLD AND WHAT I SAY IS TRUE BECAUSE I WAS AROUND WHEN MEETINGS WERE HELD TO SEE WHAT TO DO WITH THE IGBOS. I DID NOT KNOW THE IMPLICATIONS UNTILL SOME FEW YEARS LATER. WE THOUGHT WE WOULD BE BETTER THAN THE IGBOS. WERE NOT.
    MY DEAR PEOPLE FROM YORUBA LAND, CHINUA ACHEBES WRITE-UP DID NOTN INSULT THE YORUBAS. HE TALKED ABOUTG ONE PERSON LATE CHIEF AWOWLO. IT IS UNFORTUNATE THAT YOU HAVE TAKEN IT AS IF ACHEBE INSULTED THE YORUBA RACE. YOU ARE WRONG. THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU SAY AND WRITE. THE HOUSAS ARE LAUGHING AT US HERE IN THE SOUTH IF YOU DO NOT KNOW THAT. THE OTHER DAY A FRIEND OF MINE TOOK US TO HOTEL PRESIDENTIAL IN PORT HARCOURT. THIS WAR OF WORDS BETWEEN THE YORUBAS AND THE IGBOS CAME UP. ONE ALHAJI AND HIS FRIENDS WERE ON A DIFFERENT TABLE EATING AND DRINKING. I HEARD THEM SAY THAT IF THERE IS A WAY TO MAKE THE YORUBAS AND THE IGBOS FIGHT, THAT THEY IN THE NORTH WILL BE VERY HAPPY. I WANTED TO CHALLNGE THEM BUT MY FRIEND RESTRAINED ME FROM DOING SO. THE WRITING OF ACHEBE SHOULD NOT CAUSE THIS TYPE OF ACRIMONY. MY PEOPLE SAY NOW THAT IF THE IGBOS ARE ELIMINATED, IT WILL BE VERY EASY FOR THE NORTH TO OVER RUN THE SOUTH TO FULFILL WHAT AHMADU BELLOW SAID. THAT PUSHING THE SOUTH INTO THE ATLANTIC OCEAN. YORUBA PEOPLE, PLEASE STOP THIS WAR.

    TO THE IGBOS

    YOU SUFFERED HUMILIATION AT THE INSTANT OF THE NORTHERNERS. YOU DID NOT DIE RATHER YOU CAME UP STRONGER THAN YOU WERE. I WOULD ADVISE YOU TO FORGIVE AND FORGETWHAT HAPPENED IN THE PAST. LOOK AQT THE HISTORY OF THE JEWS. THEY SUFFERED AND NOW SEE HOW STRONG THEY ARE. MY FATHER USED TO TELL ME THAT IGBOS HAVE JEWS ORIGIN. MY SON WHO WENT TO ISRAEL LAST MONTH TOLD ME THAT SOME NAMES THERE ARE LIKE IGBO NAMES. A BOOK I READ SOME FOUR YEARS AGO SAID THAT THE IGBOS HAD THEIR ORIGIN IN THE HEBREW. THEY ARE GOD’S PEOPLE. PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW THIS WAR OF WORDS TOBRING SOMETHING NASTY IN THE SOUTH. THE HAUSAS ARE LAUGHING AT US IN THE SOUTH. YORUBA/IGBO LOVE ONE ANOTHER. LET US IN THE SOUTH FORGE AHEAD TOGETHER. NO MORE RANCOUR, NO LOVE LOST. LET US LIVE TOGETHER. WOLE SONYINKA, PLEASE ADVISE YOUR PEOPLE. CHINUA ACHEBE, PLEASE ADVISE YOUR PEOPLETO STOP AND FORGIVE THE INJURIES THEY SUSTAINED. GOD WILL HELP THEM.

    LONG LIVE YORUBA, LONG LIVE IGBO, LONG LIVE US IN THE RIVERS STATE. I SAY RIVERS STATE BECAUSE WE HAVE MANY TIBES HERE. SO I PREFER TO USE THE WORD RIVERS STATE.

    • Definitely, you are not a Yoruba. Why? You are so uneducated and think from your anus. Of course, a fool like you would agree with you. We the Yorubas remain the best. We are the most educated, and also the most accommodating in Nigeria. When we send you packing, do not come to our land to beg.

  11. WHO SAY THAT THEY FIGHT HAVE ENDED NEVER THE MEAN FIGHT IS AROUND TEY CONNER,VERY SOON ,BECAUSE WE ARE NOT ONE AND WE WILL NEVER BE ONE,SO WHO EVER TALK ABOUT ONE NIGERIA SHOULD FORGET THAT,..WE ARE NOT ONE AND GODFORBID FOR WE TO BE ONE ,JST VERY SOON

  12. In a wider view there were other pocket maltreatments handed over to the Igbos like the abandoned properties policy of the Southern region all put together should serve as a lesson to Ndi Igbo.
    Recently we observed a repacutional reward that comes out of such action when in the last election it was the Igbos that strongly stood behind President Goodluck Jonathan after the people they supported for over 48 years to rule the country refused to give them a chance to have a test the power seat.
    But the good thing is that America and the western world have seen that the choice of support they made during the civil war was a wrong choice.

    Yakubu Gowon and Chief Obafemi Awolowo are the Balak and Balaam of the book of Numbers 22.
    How can you curse whom God has not cursed?
    How can you denounce whom the Lord has not denounced?
    Behold, a people dwelling alone, and not counting itself among the nations!

    On behalf of the Eastern Youths Forum (IYF) we request all the eastern youths to build a common front against what is about to happen .

    IYF we are the strong arm of the east.

    The blood of the slain shall never be in vain very soon we will see it.

  13. Need we such reminders on the pages of newspapers? There many books published right before and after the civil war. Anybody who’s interested in such could just stroll down to the library and have an eyefull. What we need most now is how to address our mounting socio-economic problems not this diversionary literature.

  14. Because of pride Gowon will die without apology to the igbos and then face judgement.as. Long as Gowon refuses to apologies to the igbos becaus of pride he will never be forgiven.rather what he did was to proc
    Aim to the whole world that he is a born again Christian.you can deceive man but you can never deceive GOD.i was never deceived by Gowon ranting of been a born again Christian .some self. Proclaimed men of GOD are only interested in your evil wealth.and they refus to tell you the truth.the head of Christianity JESUS CHRIST humbled himself even though he was with GOD and righteous and came to the world in humility.but an evil general that presided over one of the world genocide came out to tell the whole world he is now a born again.gowon if you like be born ten million times without apologizing to the igbos you are born before.you think the kingdom of GOD is your military barracks in which you turn black to white.what stops you from public apology to the igbos.If you have genuinely repented you will humble yourself and apologies to the igbos or forget it.you can apologies to the igbos through the same national newspaper you hypocritically announced to the world you are a born again Christian.hahahaa you noisily told the whole world you are a born again but will not openly apologies to the igbos,instead you still goes on defending your genocide.let me tell you.people and those men of GOD will not tell you the truth,but remember salvation race is a personal thing.gowon don’t be deceived by your fake proclamation of been a born again.remember you must apologies while you are still alive.rather you keep on defending your genocide.no matter how you look at it there can never be any justification for the killling of over 2 million people of a particular tribe just because they want to stay on their own after been killed by the hausas.i personally have watched the event that led to the civil war.it was after more than 400,000 thousands defenseless igbos were killed in the north by the hausas.igbo pregnant women had their stomach reeped open and their unborn children brought out alive and killed.it was this that led to ojukwu declaring succession because the then federal government led by Gowon refuses to defend them.if such actions by the Hausas were good why did IBB Barned the sale of Nigeria civil war films.?is it not to hide future generation from watching the genocide against the igbos.you only hide what is wrong.

  15. To show that the Hausa fulanis,the kanuris and their collaborators are the worst evil people on earth they continue the politics of intimidation against this same people after declaring no victor no vanquish.i stand on truth.before any one opens his/her mouth to say anything always put yourself in the shoes of those whose mothers,brothers,sisters,husbands where unjust illy killed what will you say.does anyone still wonders why all evil happens in nigeria?

  16. please my brothers let us forget the past and forge ahead.Igbos are blessed.Which tribe will loose millions of people and they still wax stonger and stronger.Whom God has blessed,He has blessed.No pharoah can remove your blessings from you.I know it is very painful to loose dear ones.let us forget and forge ahead.God is on the throne.This is the time for Igbos to unite and pursue a common goal.I want the Govt to treat Igbos as other tribes so that they will not remember the civil war days.They should create more states in the south east to make them at par with other geo-political zones.

  17. The biggest problems we Igbos suffered during the first gun battle was that we failed to identify who was with us & those that was against us.

    Thank God he kept us alive today to identify all the enemies of BIAFRA, now we have identified them victory is ours, the second gun battle is fast approaching. Liberation war is an endless war, is ranging from generation to generation until freedom is achieved.

  18. The writer of pieces is nothing but one of all the sentimental igbos who are nothing but hypocrites.according to him,achebe is fearless and bold to speak his mind;i ask,why did the bold and fearless achebe fails to mention mention the areas of igbo dominance in Nigeria to warrant Awo seizure of the war time to advance his ambition?to me that was achabe’s personal view of the situation and in war situation no personal opinion supersedes the other. tell me did Awo encouraged the defeated igbos to go to war with an insight to destroy the bastard race?On what the writer infamous and regrettable policies is nothing but a mirage.nothing about those policies were regrettable;how could you feed someone at war with you?the America you used as an example exposed you the writer as someone that is lettered but not intelligent like the igbos(sorry you are one of them).Did the Americans fed sadam during the gulf war and the war against sadam thereafter.before the last war that ousted sadam and his eventual capture/death,the American government went on propaganda to justify their attack on iran that sadam was developing a biological against the UN resolution;sismilar propaganda was propounded by achebe in the “dirge” he called a book against Awo.on the amount of claims paid to the igbos after the war;have you paused to ask how many igbos were able to tender valid documents to support his/her claims and were not paid what is due?you will agree with me that the documents to those spurious claims were destroyed during the war,therefore no rational government will pay such outrageous money/claims without evidence not even the America government;judging from the antecedents of igbos are criminals and armed robbers-OLE,THIEVES.Until the living and the dead generations of igbos accept the fact that ojukwu & co are primarily responsible for the carnage/death that befell the igbos and not buck passing;the igbos generations yet unborn will continually wreath in emotional pain and anguish -NO APOLOGY.Achebe should had told the world in his book how biafran soldiers ate human flesh to survive (himself inclusive),the rape that happened against igbo women by their soldiers,how ojukwu looted the federal Banks and how they were able to corner the food meant for igbo civilians(objectivity) and not sentimentally subjective submission he maneuvered.The blood of the slain igbos will be on those that led them to war.Igbos wake up and accept your mistake,faults and defeated because these facts are obvious to every Nigerians-stop crying after the battle has been won.May the igbo generations live forever to remember the civil war and it memories if they choose to and may they learn wisdom and sound judgement from their experience to guide them against future annihilation-Bastards.

      • Ken, you and your Igbo group of bastards will continue to blame all other tribes for your failure until you are totally left behind. I wan to ask you Igbo a question. Will you be able to stay in your Biafra enclave if we Nigerian decided to give you independence? Remember, once we granted you independence in 2015, you must stay in your own country because we don’ want any of you in Yoruba or any northern land again. Even we will make are that no vis is granted to you. Also remember that we the south south states will never join you in your Biafra country because we still trust Hausa and Yoruba more than Igbos. Ibos are the most selfish creatures in the world. They can sell their mothers for peanuts.

      • Uzoh from lagos on

        please my people don’t make peter happy by abusing him.I only have to ask peter after everything who is controlling the FG govt today.If you have Eleven players in super eagles about 6 or 8 are Igbos.for any football club to win in Nigeria,it must have more than half of the team as igbos.we feel our schools fully but come second in number of students in all other zones in nigeria.check all the schools including your state universities our students are the second largest non natives.
        we are the only tribe that said we want to be on our own,you said no,okay do you now have peace and making progress? NEVER,watch out we will be on our own someday becuase all things work togther for good for us God’s people.

    • Peter already you and your entire generation are dead men, shut up because dead men don1t talk, Ewu. It is jealousy that will kill all of you who hate the Igbos because they are GOD`s own people.

  19. Truth is Bitter on

    Pa Jeff, you are really an old man with sense of belonging. You spoke fine; you are not one-sided. You faulted all sides that deserved to be faulted. The Igbos are doing fine after the seizure of their money, property and whatever during the war and after the war. Thanks for your good advice Achebe and Soyinka should call us to attention so as Hausa can never witness any war between the Igbos and the Yoruba. Igbo, my tribe may all Mighty God continue to bless you.

  20. we have to go for equal states and local govt.we will one day get our hand on FG seat,use it to ameliorate our situations and dominate nigeria as we used to.One day,those one nigeria watchdogs will be the ones looking to seccede.we will then teach them twice the lessons they thaught us.don’t forget that those treacherous yorubas playing one nigeria game where actually waiting for biafra to win and free them as well.till this day they hate one nigeria only they’re pretentious cos they can’t talk,they’re cowards.hausa/fulanis that seems to love so much this one nigeria thing were not of the same view b4 independence.we will once again dominate even nigerian politics and armed forces as b4,this time we’ll put everything right.

  21. Peter, i presume ur a christan u wil know what the Igbos are sufering today in nigeria is not diffrence with what Isriel suffered,the memory surely remain in us until the lord avenge the hatered killings of millions of igbos, jugement belong to God, if u know history u will understand what is happening in Isriel and his environ.

  22. Bakasi was the brain behind the Nigerian state survived the war.It was Gowon who gave the camerounians,in other not allow the food and equipments from there.to get to the Biafrans army.All those who fought the war against the Igbos are getting the hit now.

  23. Thanks a lot MR.PETER. U see, i have to tell u to stop worring urself cos of these stupid people, nothing u n i say nothing anybody can say to them to make them look at de other side of a coin. Most of them claimed to be educated n inteligent but i can hardly see these in them. They hardly try to look for de truth, even if de facts are not far from them. These jews don’t care about other peoples’ feeling but their own. They will never blame Ojukwu eventhough their so call professor knew then that he was leading them into an abssymal pit, they still willingly followed him. When de promised land ojukwu promised them failed to come to pass, they did what an average people will do, to blame ur oponents for ur stupidty. So MR. Peter, it is better we leave them alone. Let them carry on crying over their misfortune. By de way, what can they do about it? Nothing. If they are not happy in de south west, we’ve told them time without number to pack their belonging n leave, afterall, it is not by force. They (jews of Nigeria ) started de civi war, by stagging de first coup of 1966, n in de process they killed sardauna,balewa,akintola n okotie ebor but surpisingly, michael opara was not killed.why?. When de coup planners were captured,what happened to them? Nothing. De jews of nigeria, do u really think that hausa /fulani are stupid? U found out de truth de hard way. They are not . Stop blaming other people for ur reckless actions. How did u arrived at de number of women n children that died due to hunger n starvation 2miller,can u proof that n by de way,how will ur eminent professor expect his enemy to feed him?. Don’t u know that in yorubaland is a curse. We sick of all this useless noise u’re making. On whose side was de author during de civil war?. I really don’t expect anything better from de derange old cow. What has he ever done for nigeria? Ho i forgot, what has he ever done for nigerian jews collectively?m nothing, except for himself.

  24. The truth is bitter. Yes there was a war, innocent people were killed and their blood is still speaking vengeance till today that is why nothing can work in this country (NEPA, NNPC,NITEL,NRC,NPA) until those behind this openly ask for forgiveness and confess their sins before God.

  25. God had blessed the igbos and no matter what happens the igbos will continue to forge ahead. Believe it or not, we remain the best tribe in nigeria.

  26. BRO. CHRIS NKEM on

    LIKE WHAT ONE PA. JEFF FROM RIVERS STATE ADVISED HERE TO THE IGBOS/YORUBAS. HONESTLY, ACHEBE’S BOOK IF YOU HAVE READ IT DID NOT INSULT YORUBA AS A TRIBE, RATHER, A SPECIFIC ROLES PLAYED BY PA. AWOLOWO OF THE BLESSED MEMORY. UP TILL TOMORROW. IF YOU HAVE BEEN READING MY WRITE UP ON THIS TOPIC, YOU CAN OBSERVE THAT I DO ACCORD THE YORUBAS AS TRIBE THEIR DESERVED RESPECT FOR A PARTICULAR REASON, EVEN PART OF THE NORTH TOO. SOME OF THESE PEOPLE DEFENDING PA. AWO HAS NEVER IN LIFE BENEFITED ONE NAIRA FROM HIM DURING HIS LIFE TIME, SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY WANT TO SHOW THAT THEY ARE YORUBAS THEREBY DOING A LOT OF DAMAGES TO UNBORN GENERATION BY MISLEADING THEM. COULD YOU IMAGINE AN ADIVCE FROM AN ELDERLY MAN OF 84 YRS. OLD FROM RIVERS STATE, INSTEAD OF SOME OF THEM TO MAKE USE OF IT, THEY HAVE CLASSIFIED HIM AS AN IGBO MAN BECAUSE HE TOLD US THE TRUTH, THAT HAS BEEN THE PROBLEM OF THIS CONUTRY WHERE TRUHT IS VIEWED AS TABOO. IF MY MOTHER IS A THIEF, I CAN’T SUPPORT HER BICUS SHE IS MY MOTHER, NEVER. I WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR TO ALL NIGERIANS, ESPECIALLY THOSE OF YOU WHO DIDN’T EXPERIENCED THE CIVIL WAR TO BE PRAYERFUL AND NOT TO BE WRITING RUBBISH HERE AND THERE, PEOPLE MAY THINK THAT IT WILL BE THE SAME PAST CIVIL WAR THAT WAS MANAGED, SPONSORED ALL ALONE BY DIM IKEMBA OF NNEWI OF THE BLESSED MEMORY, NO…..NO.OOO. YOU KNOW THERE WAS NO MONEY TO BUY AMUNINION, NO FRIENDS, NO INTERNATION RELATION AND THE IGBOS WERE JUST REFIGUES FROM THE NORTH THEN, BUT NOW, BUT NOW, BUT NOW,IT WILL BE A DIFFERECE BALL GAME ALTOGETHER. HAVE GOVT. AND NIGERIANS REASONED TOWARDS THIS ANGLE?. THIS TIME AROUND, ONLY ONE OR TWO IGBO MEN CAN DO THE JOB. BEARING IN MIND THAT AS AT TODAY, NIGERIAN GOVT HAVE NO GOOD INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH MANY COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD WITH THE HALF BAKED CALLED NIGERIAN ARMY.WE HAVE BEEN EXPOSED BY THE ACTIVITIES OF THE BOKO HARAM THAT OUR SECURITY NETWORK IS ZERO. MIND YOU, EVERY IGBOMAN ALIVE IS NATURALLY A TRAINED SOLDIER.THE OGBONIGWE ENGNEERS ARE STILL ALIVE. I ADVICE ALL AND SUNDRY TO DO THE RIGHT TO IGBOS AS TO ALVERT THE DRUMING OF WAR WHICH WILL NOT BE IN THE INTEREST OF THOSES WHO FEEL THAT THEY WILL HAVE UP HAND, NO, THAT WAS THE PAST CIVIL WAR AND NOT THE TYPE THAT IS LIKELY TO HAPPEN IF ALLOWED BY THE LEADERS WHO HAVE NOT SEE ANYTHING BAD IN THEIR CONTINUAL MALTREATING AND DISCRIMINATING THE IGBOS. THE IGBOS ARE NOT THE PROBLEMS OF THE NATION, RATHER A BLESSING, WHY? THEY CAN FIT IN TO ANY SITUATION, CAN ACCOMMODATE OTHERS UNHURT. FOR EXAMPLE, ALL THE TIME THEIR RELATIONS ARE BEEN KILLED BY THE HAUSAS, THE IGBOS ARE STILL DINE AND WINE WITH THEIR HAUSA FRIENDS AT UMUAHIA, OWERRI, ABA,ENUGU ETC, IT DOESN’T MEAN THAT IGBOS DO NOT KNOW HOW TO KILL, BUT IT IS NOT IN OUR BLOOD TO KILL A FELLOW HUMAN BEING CREATED BY GOD

  27. Kola,you are a as usual a tribal selfish old fool.one of the ten commandment of GOD is do unto your neighbour as you will want them do to you.the biafra secession war started when thousands of innocent igbo women and men were killed and the then federal government led by Gowon refuses to defend them.however I know this kola and Peter are not really of Yoruba tribes,they are Hausas using Yoruba names to write lies.however whoever you are whatever you melt to your fellow human beings you will sure get same treatment ten times over.can everyone see the wonderful wisdom of GOD used to checkmate all evil doers.if you defend evil under whatever guise surely that evil will come to you and your children hundred folds.that was why the book of GOD which is the book of wisdom call evil doers foolish people.someone has his or her family unjust illy killed instead of you to condem such evil you invented words to defend it.let me remind all Nigerians of something I learnt.there was a great Nigerian by the name mko abiola.his mods operandi is always to sponsor coups against any government that did not dance to his tune.while he was doing so he was stealing Nigerian money,remember itt.he was all happy and smiling to the bank all over the world and within a decades owns billions of dollars.while he was sponsoring coups against his fellow human being and stealing money through fictitious contracts he was enjoying it.the Yorubas never for a day condemn his atrocities.ironically it was the law of Kama which no one respects that caught up with him.he won the election to be the president of Nigeria ironically it was his gangs of military collaborators,it was the same military officers he used for planning coups against elected government of Nigeria that refused him that presidency.it was his boys in the military,it was the monsters he created in the military that denied him the presidency,it was the monsters he created in the military and was so proud of that not only denied him the presidency but killed him.haaaaaaaaaaa.was that not the law of Kama,pay back time.then there was nadeco this,nadeco that.but no matter what we do we can never change or alter the righties judgment of GOD.GOD can never be mocked.organizations,powerful groups was formed to realized abiola presidency,but because there is Kama he was not only denied but was killed by the same assassins he used on many occasions to overthrow duly elected government.haaaaaaaaaa.i love GOD so much.the evil that men do lives with them but still people.Actually I was one of those who felt very bad for the treatment melted to mko but no one can stop the law of retribution of justice.this is why I laugh at people who keep doing evil or supporting evil when it not their brothers,sisters,mothers that were been killed.one day surely you will have same exact treatment melted to you or your children or generation and if at that time you opened your mouth against such treatment you will be condemned and no matter what you do will protect you or your people.the best thing is to stand on truth always.

  28. When mko was busy creating monsters in the military and using them to overthrow government I’m sure just as some people are saying now he did not see any thing bad with his actions then,he was busy inventing different types of reasons for his actions and never saw anything wrong with his actions then,but when he was denied the presidency by his same military mobster all hell was let loose and he saw everything wrong with such actions that denied him his mandate.why it called selfishness.just as some of you are inventing reasons to support the genocide against the igbos one day it will surely be your turn no matter how powerful and influential you are today.on the path of truth I stand always because I know truth will and must always prevail no matter what you do to destroy it.and that day you will open your mouth and cry but no matter the help or friends you have you will surely not escape from punishment.this was why the lord GOD who created all beings and gave us wisdom said do unto your neighbour exactly what you will like him do unto you.the same actions you cunner against your neighbour will surely come back to you.my greatest regret is that some human beings will never be wise and learn to walk on truth.

  29. Mr peter and Mr Kola is better you talk about what you know very well becurse the elders of Great Yoruba Nation knows what happens and they never talks anyhow as you ere talking now and most Yorubas Military officers who took part during that war are all regreting for the part they toot. so sentiment apart i dont know how old you are during that very WAR

  30. PETER, YOU ARE CALLING THE IGBOS BASTARD RACE. IF YOU DO NOT APOLOGISE WITHIN ONE WEEK FROM TODAY 21/11/2012, YOU WILL DIE, DIE, DIE DIE. LET THE WHOLE WORLD KNOW THIS. REMEMBER THAT I AM NOT AN IGBO. BUT WHAT GOD TELLS ME ABOUT THEM MAKES ME FEAR TO ILTREAT THEM. I AM AFRAID OF TALKING ILL ABOUT THIS GOD’S OWN RACE, THE HEBREWS. APOLOGISE NOW AND LET US READ IT IN THE SUN

  31. THE ONLY THING THAT CAN SAVE YOU FROM THE HAND OF GOD OF THE IGBOS IS TO APOLOGISE. WATCH IT. YOU DIE IN YOR SLEEP AND NO TIME FOR YOU TO REPENT. APOLOGISE NOW.

  32. I dont suport genocide anywhere. But i want igbo peaple to understant some facts too. Average igbo man wiil claim to be smater than any other person, more intelligent, richer with loud noise, in reality, they arent so. The earlier igbo learn to be humble, respective and to be wary of concequences of every action the better. If Ojukwu had sook for the advice of elders such as Zik, the war might have been averted or won. Have igbo learnt from the past? The answer is no no no. There are apx 40 million igbo population worldwide it is a known fact, it is a bitter truth that there is no enough land in igbo land only minor enclave. The only area where Ojukwu focused was southward in Niger delta then and today Biafran aspiration in those areas is death as dodo. what are you doing to revive it? The following fact should be understood; igbo are rich but other group are also rich, igbo are educated, skillful, industrious brave etc others do. If you think you are richer what about Dangote, remember Soyinka if you think only igbo can write. So, stop boasting and try to understand and respect other people’s strengh. It is cleared that other group in Nigeria understand igbo weakness more. You know the implication? It is therefore an absurd to mention igbo domination at a point in time. Dominate who? How? Igbo should henceforth lean to be wise, a good soldier must learn to fight and run, if your living is threatened by some other group run for your life. It is a suprise that today we can still hear that an igbo man is murdered in Borno what kind of money are you looking for? Ojukwu too should have surrendered to spare the lives of innocent children during war. He who leave to fight, live to fight another day. Enough for the wise. Yoruba had since stoped mourning our boko haram victims because we warned them to come back home.

    • PLEASE TELL THESE PEOPLE FOR ME !! THEY NEVER LEARN FROM PAST MISTAKES !!.THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT CAUSED THE SECOND COUP OF 1966 WHEN MOST IGBOS WENT HAY WEARED,BOSTING ALL AROUND THE NORTHERNERS THAT THEY KILLED THEIR FATHERS,THEIR MOTHERS WHAT COULD THEY DO ? AND THE NORTHERNERS STAGED THE SECOND COUP AND THE REST IS HISTORY.OKPARA AND OSADEBEY WERE NOT KILLED BECAUSE OF THE IGBOS SELFISHNESS,EVERYWHERE YOU GO EVEN IF YOU ONE IS FRIEND TO THEM,THEY ALWAYS CLAIMED TO BE MR KNOW ALL,THEY CAN NEVER BE WRONG!!.I COULDN’T BELIEVE AFTER 42 YRS THERE IS NO DEVELOPMENT IN IGBOS LAND AND YET THEY ARE STILL BLAMING EVERYBODY.PLEASE SHOW ME AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT YOU DO WITH YOUR 5 STATES AND THEN I WILL BOW DOWN FOR YOU.ALL I AM SEEING IS KIDNAPPING,ROBBERY ,419ERS ETC AND YET A LOT OF IGBOS HAS ENOUGH MONEY IN ABUJA ,NORTHERNER CITIES AND ELSE WHERE BUT THEY ARE NOT SECURED IN THEIR OWN STATES,TELL ME WHOSE FAULT IS THAT?. MANY IGBOS ARE SO AFRAID TO GO HOME,PLEASE TELL ME IF IT IS A LIE.EVEN SINCE THE CIVIL WAR HOW MANY TIMES HAS CHINUA ACHEBE COME HOME? PLEASE LET’S CALL A SPADE A SPADE.MY LATE BROTHER SAVED YOUR SAWMILLS AND MONEY FOR YOU AT EBUTEMETTA AND YOU ALL CAME BACK TO COLLECT THEM,WILL ANY IGBO MAN DO THAT FOR A YORUBA MAN.WOE BETIDE NONSENSE,THE IGBOS KILLED A LOT OF PEOPLE IN MY AREAS TOO BUT WE FORGIVE YOU PEOPLE BECAUSE WE ARE THE BORDER TOWNS OF FORMER MIDWESTERN REGION,PLEASE LET THE SLEEPING DOG LIE OTHERWISE YOU WILL BE THE MOST HATED PEOPLE IN NIGERIA,YOU GUYS BOST TOO MUCH.ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

  33. Nobody is perfect. But it is wrong for Achebe to play God and attribute motives to Awolowo’s actions and perceived actions even when the man had refuted some of this impressions while he was still alive. There is no special heroism in Achebe writing this in his memoir. Others had raised the same issues many years before now. And what was his own role during the war. Where was he and on which side.

    Apart from Awolowo being the undisputed leader of the Yorubas, the context of Achebe’s expression implies that the ”evil” he ascribed to Awolowo were motivated by his ambition for Yoruba domination. So why would some people expect Yorubas to keep silent and take Achebe’s attack as only on the person of Awolowo.

    Israel always suffered only as a result of their own folly or disobedience to God. Since Igbos would like to believe that they are the jews of Nigeria, then they should agree that they suffered the civil war because of their folly or disobedience to God and the voice of reason. If they fail to repent and they follow the same path as some of them are doing now, they will suffer the same fate again.

    The meekness of the tiger is not due to cowardice. The wise do not depend on only their brawn to fight but they use their brain. It is also wisdom to know that if you lose the minor battles and win the major ones, you have won the war. That is Yorubas’ strategy

    It is a shame that a general in Ojukwu and their war leaders went into war with logistics folly of depending on their enemy for food sustenance and without any contingency plan for sourcing for food in case the enemy creates a blockage for food. And yet he boasted that no power in black Africa could defeat Biafra. Propaganda alone does not win a war. I am happy that Igbos have admitted that Awo was a greater “war general” and administrative and management genius.

    I thought Biafra was a country. If Nigeria could source for food, why couldn’t Biafra do the same. Have we not read their international ambassador resigned because he accused Ojukwu of refusing to create a route for food supplies by humanitarian agencies (even if Nigeria refused to supply them food).

    I do not understand why Igbos have not found the same courage to tell the truth about the errors, follies and sometimes wickedness demonstrated by Ojukwu and some of his leadership team before during and after the war. They are only interested in magnifying what they perceive as Awolowo’s wickedness.

    Why would Awolowo be described as a betrayer when Ojukwu failed to abide by the terms of their discussion. Awo requested for two weeks (perhaps to consult with the western leaders of thought and assess and plot his strategy for Yorubas). But Ojukwu did not even allow two days before declaring the war.
    Was it reasonable for the government to dole out large sums to every tom dick and harry of Igbos after the war. How many Igbos presented the required account documents and were not paid their full balance after the war. Did Awolowo not save and release the allocations meant for the east and released it to them after the war
    Arguably Igbos would have been justified with a good cause. But this is weakened by the antecedent of the lopsided nature of the killings by the five major’s coup which had claimed the lives of major political leaders and military leaders only from the North and West. The major political (Zik, Opara) and military leaders (Ironsi etc) from the east “escaped”
    When Igbos do bad, they do not want anyone to complain, but when they are at the receiving end they shout to the high heavens. God is a just God and he is not moved by propaganda. Let Achebe and his supporters take their case to ICC against Gowon and Awo. Awo even in death, with Gowon would floor the so called dead “imaginary two” million Igbos and the living Achebes quite easily. Propaganda also do not win cases at ICC. If they cannot take their case to ICC now, then they are bastards. It means they know that they cannot win the case. Gowon has challenged them to do this and instead of them to take action, they prefer to continue with useless media propaganda that could not win the war for them. Gowon was wrong to have reneged on Aburi accord. But on the issue of starvation of Igbos during the war he has thrown a challenge. That is the stuff that good conscience and courage is made of. If Achebe and his supporters fail to take up the challenge, that shows the stuff that bastards are made of.

    • John Yusuf, Thanks for your contribution. Of course, Igbos know that they have no case. Let us just say that 2 or 3 million children in Igbo land died of starvation. Did these people die the same day? What was Ojukwu doing to even let thousands die, let alone millions before he cowardly ran away? Igbos are just loud mouths. We let them enjoy their lives in Yoruba land only to turn around and abuse us. If they think they are bold enough, let them go and declare their Biafra. It will be good riddance to get slice them away from Nigeria. They are the worst human being to live or deal with!

  34. Ibo should solved the problemsof Crimes in thier communities, Their Younger once has turned to robbers and kindnerpers. These are the problems and challegies they should face, and not talking about the past.

  35. NZE CHUKWU IN THE LAND OF AMAGUNZE OBODO ITIEGINAA. on

    GENERAL GOWON WHAT DDID YOU CALL IT. (REBELLION) WHEN YOU TOOK YOUR MASTERS SEAT BECAUSE OF POWER WHAT WILL YOUE XPECT?

  36. The writer mentioned America in his piece; I don’t think that United States are sending food to the Taliban in Afghanistan.
    Is Israel sending food to Gaza?
    Palestinians will like to stave Israelis to death.
    Only the Ibo will expect Nigeria to feed them during an all out war.
    By the way, where is Ojukwu’s faults in all of these, am yet to read an account of a single Ibo man on that.

    • Wale, don’t mind these bastards. Igbos are so block headed that they cannot get anything through their thick heads. Even Ojukwu admitted it that Igbo people cannot be governed. When the demented Achebe wrote his story, it went viral on the Internet. Everyone knows that Achebe hates the Yorubas and still bitter that he did not win the Nobel Prize. Nobel Prize are given to people with great ideas and something new, and not a story teller.

      • hahahah look at pot calling kettle black. By all standard, the igbo race are better in all human indices than the yorubas, We live in your so called lagos and we have taken over. that why awo did not want my generation to live bc he is afraid that we have a big heart, that will will dominate they way our forefathers dominated him. Look around you, u will see the imprint of an igbo man all over the place. Whether i ogbomosho, ibadan, akure or lagos, we have taken over and there nothing lazy bone like you can do about it. Your women dont like marrying you people again, they prefer us. But u know what, we wont like to have lazy bones as children thats is why we reject them and marry from our own. Good hug a moving train if u dont live the most prosperous tribe in African.

  37. We share the same port at that time which was a wrong calculation, i think that was the only strategy that worked for you fooools…..but, without mistakes, there wont be corrections, soon eastners will have there own seaport after fifthy something years of independence, with that alone , we are on the right part……

  38. ibos christened themselves nigeria jews.what made them distinct anyway?they even labelled yoruba cowards have they forgotten that the sneaking of a tiger is not a form of cowardice but sophistication which is the cause of losing the biafra war.for 80 years,oyo people lived in exile in borgu kingdom after tapa (nupe) invasion in oyo ile.they regrouped together,formed a cavalry military,seeked religious consultations and engaged the tapa in a fierce battle.thereafter,oyo ile was reclaimed and the new empire was born so we are not hasty to declare impromtou war like the ibos on biafra who often call us cowards.yoruba have everything it takes to be a nation being the most populous homogenous black race in the continent but we can’t be hasty due to internal division between us after the internecine crisis.however the circumstance,we remain second and enemy to none.

    • historian, and what happened to Ilorin, emir of ilorin instead of oba. u people are conquered people, go home and lick your wound bc u are a coward.

  39. Hugh philp n kenneth are bastard ibos. They just like to call de name of mighty god for nothing. We all know how wicked n money oriented these jews are . Whenever they want to decive u they we start talking about god. We all know what u’re, drug carriers,419,ritualists prostitutions n these are de same people that call god’s name most. Let me tell u idiots something, no section of this country has ever produce a man like Sage AWO. If u find it difficult to accept this simple fact go to de libary n read about de man. We yorubas will accept ur insult if direct it to us but when u insult AWO, then that is a bridge too far. U know what, this a man who touched every yorubas home one way or de other,with free education, free health care, rura ubarnisation ,roads ,good n sound enveromental zanitation n good n sound finance management. Most of u ibos benefited from all these programs. By de way, how do u compensate somebody who gave u de opportunity to be able to read n write. U can never pay de man enough. That was de reason when he died we buried like a hero. Which of ur leader ever did one hundred of what AWO did ?. U really think we afriad to fight no we don’t but we use our god given brain most of de time. That is why no war will ever happen in de south west. We try to improve on our development. De author is just a frustrated old fool. He has a personal hatered for AWO,but u know what he can never be as great as AWO. What has Chinua achabe ever done for u his people? Nothing nothing. PA AWO did more for jews of nigeria than achebe will ever do in his life time. Do u really expect ur enemy to feed u, it means u really don’t or u’ve never had a real leader. I still stand on all that i said that ibos started de civil war. It was de first coup that led to de killing of jews in de northern nigeria. If de coup had not been staged, sure there wouldn’t have being any jews killing in de northern nigeria. Ur claim of 2million daed are just propaganda. No proof of it,n in case u can find any record that can support ur claim pls forward this to ICC at Hague. Yorubas will never pray to eat their enemies food. U see yorubas will always honour AWO. When ur Zik died, how did u buried him? Like dog i guess. Don’t think u’re de only race in nigeria who can talk n make noise. Most of what u claimed to have are just mouth. To hell with u hugh phillp n fucking kenneth. Go read de facts.

  40. It is easy to tell that the writer of this article is a liar. The only person who wrote seriously about this topic is Odia Ofeimum in Vanguard. The writer here wrote that Ojukwu went outside Nigeria in search of peace! Liar. The cowardice Ojukwu ran away because he knew that the federal government was closing on him. He should have concluded the war, either by surrendering himself or died fighting. Was Ojukwu and his people so blind that they have to wait until millions of women and children were killed before he surrendered? Dumb ass.

    • if u call a ojukwu a coward, what happened to onakakafo of yoruba land. O jukwu was given a state burial and awo was given a community burial after he committed suicide

  41. Hatred always beclouded any sense of reasoning.kola you claim to be educated but you are not.you don’t even know the history of your country and you claim to be educated.i even know more about your country than you.let me educate you.i want you to use your little brain and research on what led to the first coup.before the first coup sir Ahmad’s bello and his northern brothers never believed in one Nigeria.they made a plan to rule over the southern part of Nigeria by any means.now the northerners are the biggest defenders of one Nigeria.why?it because of oil found in south south.before the invention of oil the north was into agriculture and in their vain mind never thought oil will be discovered in the south.that was why the Sardanapalus then said it is wrong for any resources that belong to a particular region to be shared by the other regions.he said what belonged to the north shall be exclusively for the north.thinking then that the north has it all.but when an international major resources OIL was discovered in south the north changed it tone and then start the policy of federal derivation.before the war it was actually the northern leaders that started the policy of tribalism.in all the house of assembly in the north a law was passed to retire all Igbo civil servant who were dominant in the north civil service.infact instead of promulgating sound economic policies for their people the northern leaders major occupation then was for every one to bring a law to sack igbos in the north,to make sure no Igbo survived,policies of intimidation against the igbos.check history facts immediately after Nigeria independence the igbos were far ahead of others in federal government parastatals and as a result envy set in.nigerian northern leaders abolished the laws of appointment based on merit but chooses point ent based on tribalism.as long as you are from the north you can be president even if you don’t know how to spell your name.this was the area of domination Achebe talked about.the northern leaders were able to sow the seed of hatred against the igbos simply because they see the igbos as dominating the federal civil works,the military.IBB is still the most hated individual from the north by the Yorubas because he did not allow mko to rule.but IBB should never be blamed and that is why he still lives.because IBB did not start the policy of appointment based on tribe.rather IBB understand Nigeria political terrain much more than any other Nigeria politician and when he came to power he build on what has already been encouraged by the northern oligarchies and awolowo.awolowo see the igbos as rivals and that waswhy he did what he did.you talk of accommodating by the Yoruba.have you in your vain memory forgotten it was mko who largely denied awolowo the opportunity of been a president in Nigeria.have you forgotten that awolowo laid a curse on MKO that since he mko prevented him from been the president of Nigeria that mko will never also rule Nigeria.you claim to be intelligent but always talk out of point as an illiterate.go back to your history books and research on all I said

  42. Also let me educate you about the world live in now.the world we live in now is a global village.every responsible individual can live anywhere and own a property anywhere.you Nigerians are so tribalistics that when you talk you talk out of reason.a lot of Nigerians owns properties in Europe and America and that qualifies such individuals for citizens.in Nigeria the igbos are less tribalistic because they own properties outside their own homes state.this should not in anyway make them less vulnerable.i take much interst in Nigeria and I always read of people threatening the igbos that if they secced from Nigeria they should make sure to carry their buildings or landed asset to their homeland.the surprising things is that most of you that makes these threats owns buildings in Europe and other part of the world.has anyone seized your properties in Europe and America.you know why,it because of global international policies.you just don’t wake up no matter who you are to seize any one property simply because such properties are in your domain.but you expect yours in other countries to be protected.the only reason by which any one property can be seized is if such property owners acquires their wealth through crime and it must be proven.And it baffles most of us when you claim to be the most educated in your CPU try but always you talk as an illiterate.even if Nigeria was to divide into many countries today thinking you will be able to seize anyone properties as it happened years ago is such a useless wishful thinking.you can never do it.it is only lazy people that thinks this way.if I were you I will be more intelligient in my thinking.and honestly I see the hatred on this igbos because of their hardworking.the igbos are more nationalistic Nigerians than any other region.the rest tribes have tribalism buried in their blood.anduntil all other tribes begins to think as this Igbo tribes development and piece will continue to elude Nigeria.as it is now Nigeria is a ded country simply because of tribalism .

  43. It was the policy of intimidation that led to the first coup in Nigeria.if the northern leaders then have based their policies of appointment on merit and not on tribalism nigeriawould have been the envy of the world by now.ithe first coup was not against the Hausas or any tribe but be ause of the way Nigerians think it was tagged a tribe coup.but then most of the leaders then will go to their house of assembly and instead of bringing sound economic ideas they will come with one arbitrary policy against a particular tribe.it got to a point that once you mention one way to intimidate the igbos everyone will be happy.instead of the northern leaders capitalizing on igbos ideas and civil servant in their states to better their region they see them as threats and started policies of tribalism.if the north has done the right thing then the north would have been an economic power block of Nigeria by now.im sure then the northern populace was deceived into seeing the igbos as enemies.today I hear the north has the highest level of poverty.because of politics of tribalism.today Europe and America are the world superpowers and will continue to be.reason is because they use their common sense to accommodate different races.remember civilization started from Egypt but today they are third world countries.reason was because instead of seeing the Israelites in their countries then as an opportunity to better their country they allowed the devil t ow seed of discord between them and the Israelites and they started all mannner of policies of intimidation against the Israelis.and this forced the Israelites to live Egypt.america is great today simply because they are accommodating.is even the Israelites not better off today than those that abused them yesterday.love is the greatest power of all.many have sang this song,many have danced to it but still refused to think deep what is means to say love is the greatest power of all.i know of a particular America muSician by name Luther vandross.one of his world popular song is titled love is the greatest power of all.muslims,Christians,buddaist!,atheist all dance to this music but still refuses to adhere to itegypt would have been the America of today world if they had continue accommodating the strangers.

  44. Sir Olusegun obasanjo is to me the wisest Yoruba living today because of the way he does things.when some people talk bad about him I don’t buy it from them.do you know that wisdom will not only give add more to your life but bring you riches too.I was distributing goods to some of my company agents in Lagos.my agents are mostly made up of Yorubas and igbos based in Lagos.there was a time one of my agents based in Lagos complained that the government of Lagos state led by tuned fashola want to take over the controll of one of the markets in Lagos be ause the market is wholly owned and managed by a particular tribe.and the governor sees this as bad.so the governor made several moves to take over the markets.then there arose rancor between the market management and the state government.the state governor took the case to the federal government led by sir obasanjo then and complained to him that he want to take over the market.obasanjo in his wisdom told the governor that it is actually true that the markets is owned and managed by the igbos but he the governor should let the status quo be and the governor sees it as a betrayal by obasanjo who is a Yoruba to have sided the igbos.sir obasanjo then posed a wise question to the governor.he simply asked the governor if the igbos can ever carry the markets on their heads to their state any day and the governor reasoning it can never be possible for you to carry such assets on your head replied no and then obasanjo said case closed.andthe governor knowing obasanjo question is the right answer allowed the status quo to be.it very easy for the governor to seize the market because it in his domain but he listened to a wise decision given by a wise man.today is Lagos state not better off for such decision.

  45. In a
    L parts of Nigeria there are great minds.the Hausas have many great and wise people like yard dua,the Yorubas have many great and wise people,the igbos,and also every other tribes in Nigeria,unfortunately these people are not allowed into positions of influence and when they do they are killed by the bad ones who sadly are majority.i feel o much pain and ashamed for Nigeria because this country has many intellectuals in all field of endeavor but you never any day hear any Lund government policies geared to science and development.rather what you hear are Lund policies of tribalism,regionalism,hatred etc.and you still wonder why the country Nigeria has become the shame of Africa where evil reigns supreme

  46. Thank u all 4 ur views and all sort of names calling of this yoruba race. U can call them any name u like. But don’t forget to check d dictionary later 4 d meaning of ‘fool’ and u will know that it is only a fool that will b fighting with u in a war time and still expect u to b feeding him. When u failled to plan, they say u have planned to fail. Ibos failled to plan 4 d war ‘though unnecessary’ and as such planned to fail. They should rather start planning 4 another one now than passing blames and calling yorubas names that best fit them. Assuming a war breaks out today between yorubas and ibos, who will d hausas and other tribes b confortable to support? Think of it that d war is between hausas and ibos, who will d yorubas and other tribes b ready to support? Come to imagine that d war is between yorubas and hausas, who will d ibos and other tribes b prepared to support? D attitudes of d ibos brought about d unnecessary war and made them to b defeated. And unless they change 4 better, if d war is wagged 1001 times d so called jews of Nigeria will still lose!

  47. HISTORY MUST BE TOLD.PETERS on

    @Kola, dnt worry i no ur target,its our properties that u want to occupy by fire by force, U want to reap where u did not sow, want to eat without working. LAZY PIG. thats ur plans and that is ur tribe’s MOTTO,

  48. Since you people realised that Yoruba is your enemy, what are you still waiting for? Go back to your land, the two tribes have nothing in common, nothing to share, I will advise you to support Sovereign National Conference let past be past. Why are you people afraid to go to your land? Mind you, Lagos belongs to Yoruba don’t be deceived by saying it is a place for all. We are tired of your arrogancy, hatred and pride. SNC will end it, it is not compulsory to live together.

  49. Hugh phillp u claimed to know more of nigeria history than me, perhaps u right but from what u’ve written so far ,u really don’t know what are facts. De first republic constittion actually gave all de regions de right to tap whatever they have in their regions to develop n empower their people . It means de central was not important. That was de reason Zik was unable to do a thing though he was de president. That was de reason Awo was able to developed western region with farmers money. How come Micheal Opara n his likes were unable to do de same in eastern region?. U calimed u dominated de fedral parastatl which one n who are u dominating? When are u all going to wake up to de fact that u never dominated any race in nigeria, ojukwu main reason for declaring de war was mainly to corner n dominate south south black gold(oil) .it is in u nigeria jews to dominate other people but u can n will never dominate “YORUBAS” never n am sure south south will never allow u to dominate them again, or u want to dominate de hausa fulani? I hope u try it, they will BOKO HaRAM u. If n when this country is divided u will be de loser. Can u remember what happened in sudan recently, when de country was divided,all de southern left for there new country, can u honestly do that nigerian jews. Think u see Yorubas are scare if nigeria divide n de south south too but can u honestly say de same about nigerian jews. All u have got is mouth, u ‘re not as well read as u claimed n likewise in ur businesses. I just hope u get ur dream aburi n ur biafra that is when u will find out that this nigeria is far better than ur biafra. What u jews are saying is that u don’t have any fault at all, that it was nigerians that caused de civil war of 67-70hundred per cen, u’re jokers. Really nigerians can do without nigerian jews but can nigerian jews do without nigerians , i will allow u to answer de question. Look at it this way, every day Boko HARAM kills jews in maiduguri n de jews still refuse to leave de place why cos jews love money more than their lives. U wordship money . U will even sell ur kids for money. Ur kind of race really make me sick. By de way who do u think u’re dominating n who arer u intimidating ? U arte really imagining things.

  50. My brother Hugh Philip has said it all. Before the the war, I will not say Ojukwu made a mistake by confiding his trust to Awolowo by asking him( Awolowo) to declear independent for his own people. Ojukwu felt to understand the hand writing of Awolowo on the board, when Ojukwu called Awolowo for a confidential talk, Awolowo said to Ojukwu not to come alone to see him.

    Ojukwu reviewed all the plans to Awolowo hoping that Awolowo was abide with their consensus of declaring independent, not knowing that Awolowo had another plan with the Hausas. After the meeting of Ojukwu and Awolowo. He ( Awolowo) asked Ojukwu to gave him 2 weeks. The 2 weeks was for Awolowo and Gowon to set up their plans.

    Biafra was not plan to go for war. Because Awolowo knows the plans of Igbo reviewed to him by Ojukwu, that gave him the yieldstic to plan for war against Igbos along side of Gowon. To said this clear, Igbo fight without weapons well arranged still defeating Nigerians before Awolowo gave idea to Gowon to seized every way that Igbos used to get food. Let alone if they ( Igbos) prepare for the war.

    In my opinion, I will say Gowon is a kind hearted man compare to Awolowo. Awolowo is a wicked man I have ever come across in history of life. That was why MKO Abiola stop him from becoming a President of Nigeria until he died.

    Every thing that happened in the life of every human being runs in the blood. Check in the Bible about King David and women and check about his linage. Hausa people are kind people in times of any other thing but are so heartless when it comes in times of killing. They did not see it as any thing because is in the blood. While Yoruba people are like camelone, undependable people, betrayers to the last. Example of Awolowo. Igbos believe what they can do to make life lively, so accommodating, friendly but hate cheeting no matter whom you are to confront you, be you as the king. They have respect to the elders but you as the elder should also respect your self. If I’m to say, Igbos are the best people to depend on.

    Actually, the deed has been done. All we need to understand is that, from many years to come, Nigeria as a nation can never be together, because every parts of the nation are scared of each other. Tell me how we live together without trust. For peace to reign, let there be division of this nation called Nigeria. With Oil or no Oil, every nation will survive so far as God lives. Before, Agriculture was the sources of Nigeria. Igbos palm oil, Hausa groundnut while Yoruba cocoa.

    Let there be separation for peace to reign.

  51. Southern minority on

    @kola amodu. Honestly as minority people, see the igbos dominating this country despite the fact they have not produce presidents or in civil service. Common to think of it in our places, we feel the impart of igbos economical from akwaibom to warri, from bayelsa to benin. I am telling u nobody knows that the yorubas are existing in this places xcept if u enter few banks where they work as cashier or in military barracks. Honestly igbos are stronger than u people. Jews love money, i am not suprise that the igbos does. This is their achilees hill. The first time i visited lagos, i came to understand why the yorubas are said to be lazy and envious against to igbos. My suprise was that despite the civil war,they compete favourably than others. I see truly no power in black africa can stop as they said, it russian , uk, usa, eypty etc to win them. The south south is the only people that can stop igbo domination and domineering but unfortunately, we are not one tribe.

  52. @Kola amodu, truly you dnt know much about the history of your nation like Hugh Philip said. Learn from what others and abide by truth and stop your blind argument.

    Before the war, Nigerians are not depending on black gold(oil), rather each region has their own way of surviving. Eastern Region survived through Red oil from the Palm oil, Hausa survived through Groundnut while Yoruba survived through Cocoa. All these resources where managed by the Britain masters. It was what they gave to each region that they make used of to develop their region.

    Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe did alot, he knows the meaning of education, that was why he build the University of Nigeria with the revenue given to Eastern region through palm oil, and many other things he build. That was when Awolowo and Hello copied him to build. Before the war, people of eastern region was classified as the best people in the civil service office holder before the envy of Hausaners.

    Remember, eastern region comprises south east and south south, it was the same palm oil that Dr. Azikiwe used to developed the eastern region. So, say what you know concerning the black gold( oil). There are black gold every where in the East for your information. If South South decided to go on there on, no body stop them from going, but know it well that is not because of the black gold Ojukwu decided to declear independent to the people Great Biafra. Black gold has not found then, that was why Hausa people said each region should develop their region according to there resources. Unknown to them that black gold will later discovered before they instituted derivation of resources. Let me inform you, forget about oil, there are more hinding resources God have for the igbos.

    Mind your mouth, because no body will allow you to enter into Biafra for job employment.

    Awolowo made a comment when Ojukwu asked to declear independent for his people. According to Awolowo private secretary, said in his write up. Awolowo said, how can he go to Eastern region with Visa. Meanwhile he knows that Yoruba people dnt have any other thing to survived with.

    When Biafra will certainly gain their independent, it will be like a film.

  53. If you want to quit your job without having another job in the waiting, fine, but please don’t expect your old job to continue sending you pay check for you to feed your family after you quit.
    Ojukwu blew this one folks; He had no concrete plan to win that war, he gambled with lives of millions of people and at the end he took off. That is a war crime.
    He should have been jailed for that, but he wasn’t, that why you have people still talking about Biafra today. The idiots that were responsible for the first round were never punished.
    Israel is still haunting for the perpetrators of their plight during world war II.

  54. I have learnt dat kola and his likes re buzy moving around and targeting igbo properties in yoruba land,i kno dat they might have checked capital oil & gas integrated oil& gas and some other mansions own by igbos,kola u re a loser lazy man.some of u fail 2 undastand dat d reason northern economy is decreasing is becuz igbos re gradually moving out of d region.u fail 2 know kno dat d largest market in west africa is onitsha.so do nt threat igbo wit taking over their properties becuz they kno hw 2 survive in every situation.Wen nigeria took over igbos’ properties as ‘abandoned properties’ wat happened 2 them,rather they become stronger more dan b4

  55. wow I didnt know there was still so much hatred and bitterness. this is so sad. I guess we can never really be united, I am an igbo girl with lots of yoruba, hausa, urobho and itsekiri friends, and they have never offended me at all,. I cant really say I hate anybody. Its sad to read these hateful comments from young educated nigerians filled with so much bias and calling out legends who are mostly dead and buried. Pls relax people. Lets support unity and togetherness in these difficult times. at the end of the day, the wealthy corrupt leaders from all tribes are still dealing with us.

  56. John u’re one of de block head nigerian jews. U’re not even intelligent. How many yorubas. People u can name that took over ur properties. Let me tell u something, nigerian jews are irrelivant to yorubas, get that fact. Two u said onitsah is de largest mkt in west África,but what u failed to know is all these goods that u sell come through yorubas’ port. U got my port block head. Be honest with urself, most of these goods u sell, who arer de people that buy them? Yorubas. Ur survival depend on yorubas. We can do away with u but can u do de same with yorubas. Most of these goods u proclaim to sell are fake goods. Over de last 42 yrs ur governing ur region, there is really not much u can show for it. Maybe u should blame Sage Awo for ur under development.. U’re all dreamers.

  57. Nduka Felix mobolaji uzuh on

    Gowon knows he can’t be found giulty if charged to the international criminal court. Because durring the biafran war, he had collaborators, who participated in the genocides carried out on the biafrans. The UK , Egypt, Russia, Libya, were all countries that participated in the genocides against biafrans. All this countries, most especially UK, will make sure gowon is not found giulty if charged to the ICC. because if gowon is found giulty, then all those countries that participated in the genocide will also go in for it. Gowon knows he had the backing of the UK, that’s why he is boasting and challenging igbos to charge him to the ICC. and one other misconception i will like to correct here is that, ojukwu did not wage war on nigeria like some ill informed people have commented. Ojukwu only tried to give his people another country when their former country-men(the people and the then military government of nigeria) rejected them. Another misconception i would love to correct is the misinformation that nigeria fed biafra durring the war. This is a big lie , for it is on record that nigeria blockaded biafra’s air and sea transportations, thereby prevent biafra from carring out it importation trade. This blockade tactics was planed and instigated by awolowo, coupled with the bombardment of biafran farms, Thereby leading to high level of starvation and deaths on the biafran side. This wicked behavior of EgyptIan and Libyan jet fighters against defenceless biafran citizens, drew compassion from most countries like Haiti, ivory coast, Gabon, Israel, and France. It was this aforementioned countries that sent food to biafrans, and not the nigerian government. When awolowo saw That reprive was comming to biafrans, he started creating policies that will contribute to their woes. He gowon to use the nigerian navy to encircle biafra and make sure that,relief ships with food and Medications, dont come into into biafra. Instead that the ships, should be diverted to bring in the foods through nigerian lines. An idea which ojukwu rejected, because he could be endangering the lives of the biafran citizens. Because their is a possibility that the hausas who were eager to exterminate the igbo race, could poison the foods from this donor countries ment for biafrans. Igbos will never blame ojukwu for the ills of the biafran & nigerian war, because ojukwu was GODS sent presarvator of the igbo race, and he did his best to achieve that purpose.

  58. I thought by now Kola amodu would hv understand the tragedy that took place during the war. If not the help of other countries like UK, Russia, Egypt, Libya and other nations that join hand to fight against Biafra. Think about that, do you think only Hausa can face Biafra for war. It is only 5 states in south east that fought against many countries.

    One thing you need to know is that, whom God has bless, will keep on to be bless. When you talk about business, most people that patronized Igbos in business are mainly people from outside Nigeria. If Biafra go by God’s intervention, they dnt even need Yorubans to buy from them, rather other nations will come and buy from them. Think about DUBAI, Nigerians go there to buy goods, and shall it be when Biafra will go. Biafra will not live by oil alone but also their manufacturing product.

    It is painful when a south west is saying things that are not relevant to south east people while the northern are watching. Yes, we know that Awolowo did wrong, the deed has been done. I think is the time we need to correct the wrong deed of the past leaders than bring facts to cover the evil deed.

    Lets embrace peace and support those that want to separate to go their way. If Nigerians are benefiting from people Biafra. I’m asking you Kola Amodu, why did they started the war at the first instance and with the help of other countries mentioned to fight the people of Biafra.

    It is time you need to count your teeth Kola Amodu. Other Yorubas who joined you and commenting what they did know to cover the evil deed of Awolowo have kept mouth short because they have understood the truth of every thing that happened. I will equally advice you to join them and close your mouth. I’m not insulting you, but a kind of advice.

    Think what Yorubas can lay their hand upon to survive when Biafra will go. Let me inform you, Hausans have understand the game on board, that was why one of their leader said, that northern are only made up 12 states instead of 19 states. He added, that the people Kastina state are not using Nigeria oil any more but rather buying from Niger Republic. He said, them( the Hausas) will sale food to Niger and in return they will oil. Now, what plan did Yorubas are planning concerning their people. You better think well and stop argument.

    Think my dear for your own good,OK.

  59. Nduka Felix mobolaji uzuh on

    @kola amodu, all the comments you have ever made on this topic is born out of tribal sentiments. Our yoruba brothers who what to truly be truthful to themselves, knows that the importance of ndi-igbo to the growth of the nigerian economic can not be over emphasised. Its just that, some people like @kola amodu, have been beclouded by tribal sentiments, thereby their ability to make right and concrete judgement have been affected. Since my birth and habitation in lagos state, i have never seen any yoruba rich men give an helping hand to area-boys in the street of lagos. All yoruba leaders do is to us them as political thugs durring elections, and thereafter they will be abandoned to hunger and deprivation. It is igbo traders that give them monies that could be manful to thire lives. I say it loud and clear that if igbos should live lagos today, area boys will turn against the yoruba people living in lagos and make life unbearable for them. Because area boys make so much money From igbos, and if igbos should leave, thire means of survival will automatically leave with the igbos. Yorubas have always boasted of being educated, but this was in the olden days, not now, because most yoruba youths of today are school drop-outs, they always leave school to engage theirselves in area-boysm. Believing that being an area boy is a quick and easy avenue to make money. Yorubas should learn to appreciate the development and growth igbos have brought to the southwest, just like they want igbos to appreciate them for accommodating them in their lands. Because any tribe that dont accommodate foreigners will never witness development. Just like the northerners. They don’t accommodate foreigners, that’s why the north remains under-developed, even though their leaders have had the opportunity to rule this country, more than any other tribe. And i as a person will never support that ndi igbo should leave the southwest, being that i am igbo and yoruba by birth. But one other advise i have for igbos is that they should try and also develop igbo land. They should try and also invest their businesses in igbo land, just like ojukwu advised nnewi people to do after the war, and they heed his advice, and today nnewi economy is one of the greatest and fastest growing economy in Nigeria.

  60. Nigerian jews are very arrogant people, u can even say without u yorubas we not live, what ano insult. Most of what u jews are saying are not correct. U accused uk of backing nigerian govt during de war, but what u fail yo realise is during de war, yes Gen Gowon asked uk for help but de uk govt refused to help Gowon. They said two brothers are fighting n that they(uk) will not like to take side n u know what, it is on record that uk was given help to biafran soldiers secretly. Are u old enough to know former cameroonian president, president Amadu aujo who ruled before Paul Biya . He took de possesion of de arms that was secretly dumped at bakassi for biafran n he later call Gen Gowon n handed over de weaponary to nigeria govt. That was de reason that area was given to cameroon. So u see uk did not back nigerian govt during de war, in fact they backed biafran. Why they thought if biafrtan wins they will be able to corner south south oil. Make sure u get ur facts right. I pray u get ur aburi n ur biafra at least when u leave yorubas will starv that was ur believe. Ur race are de most useless race have ever know, how can u even think that without u others will not survive. Allah is de only one u can not compare anybody with,but human being we are likw ocean. U know why most people don’t like u,cos of ur arrogancy n ur vain. Only fools will think that without him nothing good will be done. I said it before n am still sayiny it now,nigerian jews are irrelevant to Yorubas. Before we were fused together we have are culture n tradition , we have kingdom, we survive. Then with litle education . How can u now turn round n say we can not survive with de amount of brain we have in de south west. Ur race must be de only race that will say that. Let me ask u fools something, what qunatity n quality have u that Yorubas don’t have . We have always be a better race n whatever u have now, yorubas will always be at ur front. If u want to be pompous u show n do it to other race if they take but not to Yorubas cos they will never take it from u. Let it be know to all nigerians that throughout this country, de only race in nigeria that really love this country is YORUBAS. U know why, ano average Yoruba man or woman does not want to oppress any other race n a Yoruba man or woman dosen’t like to be oppress. Can u honestly say de same about urselves(nigerian jews). All ur life what u always like is to dominate others, to be de only race but it can n will never happen in this nigeria. So keep on dreaming. Why can’t u jews sit back n askt urselve why is it that other nigerians dislike nigerian jews. If u do that, u will be able to make amend afterall no race n nobody is perfect not even nigerian jews or are u?. U better stop all this stupid propanganda of urs cos it will never help u instead it will make u more enemies. U know one thing i find very strange about u jews, u hate competition. Even among urselve u still don’t like competition. U like to be one n only in anywhere, but u see it can never happen world is not created for one race it’s for all. Why do u all find it very difficult to live in ur homes n in ur region, n why do u find it also difficult to develop ur region? U can never do a thing unless u come to south west n inparticular lagos n ibadan. U should be very ashame of urselves. To u anywhere is home but to Yorubas, home is south west, no other place can be like south west . Pls learn this small lesson maybe,it will help u jews.

  61. Preacher take note, university of ibadan was established in 1948 n not by federal govt of nigeria,while that of nsuka was established in 1955 by fed govt. Can u see or can’t u read? Blok head preacher. South west has always be de yardstick for measuring ur success in south east. Yorubas will always be ahead of nigerian jews. U said ojukwu was given state burial, which state burial? Yorubas did not even know when he was hurriedly buried like a dog. Am sure he can never get to heaven cos of de surfering he made nigerian went through. After he declared his unwinable war he was not a man enough cos he did a runner after boasted that no african military will ever conqured biafran. Sage Awo showed him that ojukwu was a baby. There some few ibos i respect but ones are not jews, they are real people but nigerian jews are rats.

  62. Putin d Records stret! S. East includs akwa cros, bakasi, rivas, delta n bayelsa state majorities, even GEJ Azikiwe is ibiod. S east has blak gold in imo n anambra, coal in enugu n palm evrywre. Nbc poverty statistic shws s. E is least por region, uba literacy statistic shw s. E is least uneducated. 1984 jst abt 14yrs afta d war Ibb visited s. East. He was amazed at wat changes was done in dat shot wile. I was bon n brot up in d not n i kno b4 sokoto zamfara n kb put togeda bcom like enugu, enugu wud b like london. I’v also bin to ibadan, mapo n chalenge n ekiti as wel as lagos. Major private sme’s n coporations ar owned by non yorubas. Now am in abuja. Major hotels and mkts ar owned by eastaners. Robery n kidnaping in east is like it is in us n oda dvelop societies cos its a big racket bt sychophancy is nt pat of us. Individual Estanas own fidelity,uba, diamond,zenith abc transpot, dys grow mtos, gold trans,pmtransit mtn,zoom mobile, etc. Inoson n anamco motos ar east based. Over 40milion ppl 42yrs afta war. D growt n sprade rate can only b imagined. I recal it took isreal 100yrs b4 sovrenty n d rest nw is his3 ours is nt late. If iretria and s sudan ar hapi biafra wil b hapia n oduduwa 2 wil sure b hapi. Wit wat is goin on nw i can only pray 4 biafran sovrenty bcos as 4 dis naija i see no hop n its only d ‘blind’ lidas wo pretnd to c hop. 4 those who dout biafra wil stnd i advic u rtink. A propa federal paliamentry system is wat it promises n it wil com to pas. Egypt, syria, s arabia, iran, jodan, iraq etc neva xpectd isreal bt afta soverenty isreal eventualy bcame dia lord. My advice to oda nations in naija is to wake up to d reality of a faild naija n lets quit dis mariage dat is long dead. Kwara n ondo hav blak gold, borno n sokoto has it 2, bt sentiments, tribalism, nepotism n divsion wich eastaners dnt practice, n wich is d secret of dveloping anyware dey setle , has nt ceased to b our bane of progres in naija.

  63. When Pa Awolowo died in 1996, Fela of blessed memory was asked to comment about him and he said ‘ Before Awolowo returned to Nigeria from his studies abroad in 1930s, there was nothing like tribal politics” People hate the with so much passion . Achebe, Wole Soyinka, and other persons who love this country have made their observations which are nothing but the truth.

    Awolowo’s unbridled personal ambition led him to commit so many blunders in his lifetime some of which includes;
    1. formation of a completely tribal group- Egbe Omo Oduduwa as his political platform at a time Elites such as Nnamdi Azikiwe, Ogunsanya, T.O.S Benson, and several other yoruba elites embraced the Herbert Macaulay nationalist National Youth of Nigeria movement.
    2.Engaging in the unfortunate highly ethnic minded persuasion of his tribesmen to reject their leader Zik as leader of the Western House 1951.
    3. The banishment of the Alafin of Oyo who is the rightful highest monarchy of the Yorubas and elevation of the Chief priest Ooni of Ife as the substantive monarchical head.
    4. His role during the Biafran war as has been well documented by Achebe for posterity.

    The point is that there are rules observed in wars in line with GENEVA CONVENTIONS. Pa Awolowo is aware of tthese and needed to advise Gowon’s Govt accordingly. But his unbridled pursuit of an agenda of selfish political interest blindfolded his sensibilities.

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