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British Government Should Apologize To Biafra

03/19/12

British Government Should Apologize To Biafra

*British Government Should Apologize To Biafra

-Masterweb Reports (Submission By Obinna Akukwe)

The recurrent killings, bombings and destruction of human lives by the Boko Haram religious sect in the name of Allah and their demands for the Islamization of Nigeria was the greatest justification for the foresyth of the late Odumegwu Ojukwu, President, Commander-in Chief of the armed forces of the Defunct Republic of Biafra. Odumegwu Ojukwu, a visionary leader, became the Military Administrator of Eastern Region after the military coup of 1966. It was Ojukwu as Battalion Commander in Kano who foiled the northern axis of the Kaduna Nzeogwu coup of 1966 while Ironsi foiled the Lagos end.

The events that occurred later and the one sided success of the coup created the wrong impression that it was an Eastern agenda. This helped to exhume the age old northern resentment of the industriousness of Nigerians of Eastern extraction. This resentment led to the pogrom, a genocide where Easterners were rounded up and brutally murdered in hundreds of thousands all over Northern Nigeria. This pogrom included even the military barracks. Part of the reasons for the pogrom was the view of the northerner that these easterners should be slaughtered until they leave us alone to secede from Nigeria.

The counter-coup of 1966 which led to the death of Aguiyi Ironsi then military Head of State was to give way for northern secession from Nigeria. The inheritor of the situation, Yakubu Gowon was eager for there to be a separation from these troublesome southerners and he was willing to finish what Sir Ahmadu Bello was agitating for before the independence of Nigeria in 1960. ( Continues below….. )

Late General Aguiyi-Ironsi addressing the nation in his 1st press conference as Head of State.

Photo Above: Late General Aguiyi-Ironsi addressing the nation in his 1st press conference as Head of State. *In photo - sitting from left to right are Hassan Katsina, Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, David Ejoor, J.E.A. Wey and Yakubu Gowon. Click For Enlarged Photo

The north due to no fault of theirs has viewed the southerners with suspicion. The feudal north wanted to preserve their monarchial, theocratic and simplistic culture. They detested all dilution associated with western education, western lifestyles and western radicalism. They wanted a controlled cultural, religious and political environment devoid of radicalism and independence mindedness associated with their southern countrymen.

The north was apprehensive of being forced into a marriage with the south of Nigeria. The British colonial government had a sway time convincing the northern oligarchy that being joined to Nigeria was to their best interest. The north was not convinced citing population, commerce, religious and cultural differences as part of their fears.

The British colonialists had to organize to divide Nigeria into three regional blocks, East, West, North knowing that a balkanized south will be easier to manipulate by divide and rule. They then gave the Ahmadu Bello government tips on how to use the balkanized south to their political advantage by fueling divisions and infightings in the south while maintaining cohesion in the north. This advantage brought about the emergence of Tafawa Balewa as the Prime minister. The north, against the dictates of their intuition, decided to follow the advice of the British Colonial masters to go on with one Nigeria.

With the tensions in 1966, Ojukwu and Gowon met in Aburi, Ghana , where the roadmap for the loose confederacy of Nigeria was drawn. The British advisers convinced sGowon that confederation is as good as secession and as such the Aburi accord should be jettisoned. Gowon, based on British advice, reneged on the agreement and plunged the nation into a civil war.

The rejection of the Aburi accord and the subsequent declaration of war on the Biafrans led to the death of three million people on the seceding side. The federal forces wouldn’t have won that war if not for the high level military and diplomatic support from Britain. The British Government was a major supplier of military tactics, arms and support personnel throughout the duration of the war. The then British Labour Foreign Secretary, Michael Stewart, while regretting the actions of British Government against Biafra agonized that "It would have been quite easy for me to say: This is going to be difficult - let's cut off all connexion with the Nigerian Government,…. "If I'd done that I should have known that I was encouraging in Africa the principle of tribal secession - with all the misery that could bring to Africa in the future” That was one of Britain’s official reason for supporting the genocide. ( Continues below….. )

Starving Biafran Children

Photo Above: Starving Biafran Children

The fall of Biafra was not a victory by the Federal forces; it was a victory by the British Forces, British Foreign policy and British Government. It is laughable to suggest that the NTC rebels in Libya are responsible for the ouster of Gaddafi. It was foreign powers that aided the NTC rebels to oust Gaddafi. The same foreign powers led by Britain handed victory to the Federal forces.

The curse that came upon Nigeria as a result of the 3 million lives wasted for trying to secede is haunting Nigeria now. Britain would have to grapple with an underdeveloped country whose citizens will be illegally migrating to its shores in search of greener pastures. Britain would have to grapple with the fact that the core north they fought so much to defend will be constantly exporting suicide bombers to British and European territories in the near future. This marriage forced upon Nigeria by the British Government, reinforced during Tafawa Balewa and Yakubu Gowon regimes have created problems of corruption, underdevelopment, murders, diseases, injustice, poverty and the newest addition suicide bombings.

The British Government should admit to mistakes of ill advising Sir Ahmadu Bello to go on with one Nigeria. They should equally admit that it is a mistake to advice Gowon to renege on the Aburi accord. The British Government should also apologize to the Republic of Biafra for aiding and abetting a civil war leading to loss of lives of over 3 million people.

It is gladdening that the British government stood by the Nigerian people during the military dictatorship of Babangida and Abacha. They supported National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) during the dark days of Nigeria. They still support Nigeria in areas of human rights, civil society agitations, capacity building for democracy. The British Government has been cooperating with Nigeria’s Government of Goodluck Jonathan in the fight against terrorism. All these are commendable and appreciable. The worst form of terrorism committed in Nigeria is not Boko Haram whose atrocities is yet to claim up to two thousand lives but the extermination of millions of Biafran lives under the supervision and cooperation of Britain.

The British Government should do their image a lot of good by offering unreserved apology to Biafrans for that foreign policy gaffe and take urgent steps to undo their mistakes. They should champion the cause of allowing every geopolitical zone to develop at their own pace holding on to the values they cherish most and create an exit strategy if the marriage becomes cantankerous.

Obinna Akukwe ( profetobinna@yahoo.com )

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27 comments

Comment from: jonas [Visitor]
jonasl call all nigeria to attack british out of our land they are criminal.there time is pass.no contry want them any more.
03/19/12 @ 10:17
Comment from: timothy jonas [Visitor]
timothy jonasboko haram should go after british not after italy.hunt them out of nigeria.we dont need any of thier apology.what goeos arround comes arround.l like mugabe.
03/19/12 @ 10:26
Comment from: Andy [Visitor]
Andywhy don’t the south easterners (Defunct Biafrans) sue the 1966/7 military administration of Nigeria who committed the genocide alongside British and other international countries and persons that supported it. The ICCJ in Hague will be pleased to receive such suits, if German world War officers will be prosecuted Biafra war atrocities can also be investigated and prosecuted. Ibos it’s time to wake up.
03/19/12 @ 10:56
Comment from: kaizer waribo [Visitor]
kaizer wariboi wanted to fight British Government over Opobo kingdom in River State,On how they martryted my king(king Jaja of Opobo)and my great grand fathers.Also,how they gave the Northerners power over the east and the south.they came to Niger Delta,with bible and gun.they put bible in the front and put their gun behind them.so our people thought that they came for good but not knowing that they came for their selfish interest.they killed alots of souls,manipulated our people,they cause genocide in our land.they cause crime against humanity in our land.i have carefully studied all these things,but i have no money to carry out this fight.i decided to let it go because money answers all thing.waiting for the right time.i believe that the right is now,because i know that men of intelligual will rise up one day to ask for these injustice.
03/19/12 @ 11:15
Comment from: augustine [Visitor]
augustinelets live the British and face the reality at hand , we should always look forward not back ward. boko haram are distroying our land we have to fight back with all what we have.the Fedral trop must live up top to their responsibility.
03/19/12 @ 11:17
Comment from: PIUS [Visitor]
PIUSIf you do not know why the British were routing for the
North,here is the reason;The British knew about the aboundant oil resourses of the south and southeast of
Nigeria long before Nigerians knew what impact oil would
have in the future hence they positioned the hausa fulani who have no oil in their land to be incharge of the country Nigeria.The oil flows from eastern and southern Nigeria but the real beneficiares are not Nigerians.
03/19/12 @ 13:48
Comment from: Ononiwu chinonso [Visitor] Email
Ononiwu chinonsoThis is a holy war of which we must for our heavenly GOD fight for us. All we need is to shun all the vice that has crept gradually into the vein of the country (Nigeria), not forgetting to putting all these problems into prayer. I KNOW GOD WILL RESOLVE EVERYTHING JUST BUT ONE DAY. SAY AMEN TO THAT! I SAY AMEN!!
03/19/12 @ 15:38
Comment from: Akwaraike [Visitor]
AkwaraikeNDI IGBO ARE VERY SELFISH AND SELF CENTERED ONLY LOOKING FOR WAYS TO FILL THEIR POCKETS.WHY IS IT THAT ALL THE LEGAL LUMINARIES AND INTELLECTUALS CUM BUSINESS MEN WE HAVE IN IGBO LAND NEVER DEEMED IT FIT TO SUE YAKUBU GOWON AND THE NIGERIA GOVERNMENT IN THE HAGUE UP TILL DATE ? EVERYBODY IS BUSY LIKE VULTURES SEARCHING FOR CRUMBS THAT FELL OFF THE TABLES OF THE NORTHERNERS AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SWEEPING THEIR GREAT CHALLENGES AND THE GENOCIDE COMMITTED UPON THEM UNDER THE CARPET !
03/20/12 @ 03:04
Comment from: Vera [Visitor]
VeraIt is well! My people!

The good Lord will fight out battle.
All these is the northern agenda to islamize this country.

But i know that we server a living God.
He will fight our battles for us no matter how long it will take.
03/20/12 @ 04:52
Comment from: Columbusedo [Visitor] Email
ColumbusedoPlz we dont need anything from the wicked united kingdom ok.up biafra!!!!biafra must stay.
03/20/12 @ 05:04
Comment from: Ndubisi Okorougo [Visitor]
Ndubisi OkorougoIgbo bu igbo, nma nma nu oh! Umu nnem, oga adiri ayinu na nma oh! ehm, ekenem Oka nmuta, Obinna Akukwe, Onyisi, ogadiri gi n'nma oh! Nke bu ezi okwu bu na okwu gi dika ife, buru kwa ihe agba naka, ima na adighi enyo ya enyo.
03/20/12 @ 05:54
Comment from: ngy [Visitor]
ngyThe British only fight those they believe know what they know and exalt those they want to use to achieve their selfish goals justice must prevail remember they advised abacha to kill sarowiwa bcos they saw him as a threat to their goals they will reap what they sow just watch and see i just feel sorry for the Bokoharam boys who may be used by the same british to ensure an ibo man does not become president by eliminating the ibos in the name of religion it may be too late before they discover that they are puppets of destruction in the hand of the british govt.
03/20/12 @ 06:28
Comment from: Eje [Visitor]
EjeThe British Government or any world power will repeat the atrocity again if given the opportunity. The world powers use one tribe to destroy the other for their own benefit. Now the British Government is controlling commerce in Nigeria as a result of allowing the Northerners to destroy the Biafrans. The Igbo should better use the issue of Boko Haram to gain access to the mind of the world powers and found a way to take over from Jonathan than to demand apology from British Government which is of no use.
03/20/12 @ 15:04
Comment from: Ben [Visitor] Email
BenWhat must the southeast. What type of people need to be concern. The people out to die for others to sacrifice everything without favour. I need am answer.
03/20/12 @ 17:16
Comment from: Nwofe Johnson [Visitor]
Nwofe JohnsonMy dear good people of Biafra. Plz I urge you to prepare otherwise, unity and prayerfulness, cos these are the things that is robbing us from attaining president. Lets forget about British for now cos bible says that the heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord (provb 20:21). When Babilonians were of the taught that they are world superpower, God silenced them with Asyrians soldiers. They northener or British may think that Ojukwu has died, that Biafra has died. When Israelite were in exile at Egypt, God sent a man of their own land to deliver them. Lets cultivate the habit of loving, unity, and prayerfulness commiting Biafra onto the hand of Lord, forget the past for bible says in Isaiah that new things is going to transpire. Our help is from the Lord (Ps 121:1)
03/20/12 @ 21:29
Comment from: Divine [Visitor]
DivineGOD only works with people. He don't do it alone. Lets network and the time will soon be ripe for a revolution that wil solve evrything
03/21/12 @ 03:15
Comment from: kwabs [Visitor]
kwabsI just want to educate Mr Obinna on the fact that it was actually Ironsi that introduce Unitary system of government in Nigeria, which is the bane of our problem and not Tafawa Balewa or Gowan pls. So u may wish to blame ur late brother. It would have been easier for u to have broken away without resorting to the bloody civil war if he did not introduce unitary system which might have been with good intention anyway. In anycase the Igbos are benefiting very much from the union because they take advantage of the large population to trade. Their business style adds no value to national economy really cos it's all about capital flight since they only import and export nothing.-Goodday.
03/21/12 @ 07:29
Comment from: ogormegbunam [Visitor] Email
ogormegbunamNdi Igbo ekenem unu. the NORTHERNERS are the worst that have ever happen to humanity.and the forking British shoul go to DOOM of HEL and burn to pieces becuse we don't need their apology.And for that idiot Jonathan whom can't even figth for his rigth,who gave him that name EBELE AZIKIWE that's not his name, his name is EBELEA and not EBELE he came to EZEIGBO GBURUGBURU'S burial thinking he is decieving any of us the igbos he shoul go to the pit of HEL and burn 121 times from now to the next 20 generation to come.and i think its time for we the southeast to stand up for our right again because BIAFRA must stand.And believe it or not OJUKWU is not dead.he lived as a god and we worship him,so let figth for our rigth.
03/21/12 @ 09:40
Comment from: abdulsalami [Visitor]
abdulsalamitill now british still lure our people to their country and destroy them.for example abdulmutallab farouq umar who went there and they changed his thinking against his parents's.most of our youths go in the interest of school to there land and become prostitutes,drunkards,and sodomy.Let start our education with our mother language like China,Russia,Germany etc that become industrialized using and developing there local languages.Professor Ali Mazrui of Kenya and others have explained the advantages of using our language in Africa instead of forieng ones to teach our pupils.
03/21/12 @ 12:38
Comment from: emeka .o. Peter [Visitor]
emeka .o. Peteri greet u al, my ibgo nd christian brother's who wil keep strong, even if those god foresaken islamic sect known as bokoharam continue killing our defenceless brothers nd sisters..al we need 2 do is 2 UNITE our mind nd SELF nd believe in our self the way our father's nd the BIAFRAN war lord did....JONATHAM DO SOMETHING WHILE WE STILL WAIT!!!
03/22/12 @ 13:37
Comment from: peace [Visitor]
peacethank GOD that Nigerian have come to know the truth. my bible says that we shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.I believe that one day GOD will set us free from this evil British that came to reap and destroy us.the memories of Ojukwu will linger in my mind
03/22/12 @ 14:43
Comment from: Murphy Barnard [Visitor]
Murphy BarnardThere is no hiding place for Britain, Egypt, Russia and Sudan, Britain supplied amour y and ammunitions, Russia brings air force personnel, while Egypt Sudan Libyan bring cash to pay the air force personnels, Cameron provided landing ground. Nemesis is already catching up with these countries. They will never see peace for the blood of innocents Igbos who died and are still dying in the so called Nigeria will never forgive them especially Britain who after the war still our oil for 12years. sure today is the beginning of their trouble.
03/22/12 @ 15:56
Comment from: abubakar4 [Visitor] Email
abubakar4This biased, one sided and highly sentimental publication cannot be written by any other than a selfish secessionist like the Author. You can go to hell if you like, but it was obvious that the 1966 coup was an eastern Agenda to exterminate our heroes of the North.
The blood of those 3 million rebels you are claiming should be in his hands.
Selfish people like you.
03/23/12 @ 13:27
Comment from: Onye Nze [Visitor]
Onye NzeThe britain & russia, especially must not know peace in there land since they dont know how to support peace another country' instead they choose to shade innocent blood.including women&children.God who sees everything must punish them for the sake of biafrans.
03/25/12 @ 01:39
Comment from: Hmmmm.... [Visitor]
Hmmmm....I think our brother got everything suddenly mixed up towards the end...
'It is gladdening that the British government stood by the Nigerian people during the military dictatorship of Babangida and Abacha. They supported National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) during the dark days of Nigeria. They still support Nigeria in areas of human rights, civil society agitations, capacity building for democracy. The British Government has been cooperating with Nigeria’s Government of Goodluck Jonathan in the fight against terrorism. All these are commendable and appreciable'.
Point of correction, British government has never supported any people other than their sick, evil interest. You made a collosial mistake to think they stood by you during your dark time. It was in fact in dark times that they steal without qualms. Look around the world and see if you can point a single place where British has gone into and come out their leaving peave or progress behind.. No it is against their nature. They are like 'Devil' they come to steal and destroy, forget their scripted words that tell yo what you want to hear (Typical of so-called Nigerians).
Follow the money and understand where Britain stands!
07/02/12 @ 20:10
Comment from: RICHARD [Visitor]
RICHARDNDI IGBO JISIENU IKE. BIAFRA BU NKE ANYI.KA NYINWETE YA NU UGBUA RAPH UKWAZURUIKE NOO.BIAFRA MUST STAND.BRITISH GOVERNMENT IS RUBBISH.WE MUST CARRY GUN WHEN DUE BECAUSE BOKO HARAM HAS DONE ALOT TO OUR PEOPLE.THEREFORE BIAFRA MUST FIGHT AGIAN.
07/16/12 @ 06:23
Comment from: grannyfranny [Visitor]
grannyfrannywhat about us US of Americans. I need to keep my magnifying eye on the log in my eye. these are just spinters, folks.
06/06/13 @ 17:25

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