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August 02 2020 | The Biafra Restoration Voice

The killing of Christians and Indigenous peoples going on in Nigeria with this Buhari led administration is not just getting out of hand, it is becoming a normalized deviation. And the most worrisome thing about it is that most prominent voices like Pastor Enoch Adeboye, Pastor Tunde Bakare, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili and Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka that took it upon themselves to call out the former administration for its laxity in tackling the insecurity in the North-East in 2014, have all appeared to be silent today. The reason for their silence is not just disturbing, it is also suspiciously suggestive of complicity.

These killings happen on daily basis and with the subservient journalism that obtains in Nigeria today where journalists are either intimidated or bought over with brown envelopes, majority of the killings are not reported. In most cases where reports are made on the killings, they are twisted either to deflect public concerns or to hide the perpetrators. But thank goodness that in this 21st century, with the robust advent of technology, events and happenings are as accessible as at when they happen.

History, as they say, always repeat itself. And I dare say that history can only repeat itself when the lessons of history, most times bitter lessons, are not learnt and applied to avert future occurrences. Otherwise Rwanda will not be the fastest developing country in Africa with enabling peace.

Recall that what led to declaration of Biafra in 1967 was the incessant and unchecked killings of Biafrans in the North and the failure of the then Military Government of Yakubu Gowon to implement Aburi accord. Also remember that when the Biafran people decided to stay out of a union they were intentionally kicked out of, the Military Government of Nigeria under Gowon came after them and committed the second most deadly genocide known to humanity. And I want you to remember again, that the world was silent on Biafrans when we died in 67-70.

Let us excuse the world for their silence on Biafrans in 67-70 by saying that the reason for their silence was because of the single story that was told on Biafra. The Military Government of Nigeria was clever enough to get hold of the entire media outlets and they used them to demonize Biafra and said that Ojukwu was a rebel. Who would want to associate with a rebel? So, let's excuse them!

Let us excuse the world even when we know, from the account of Frederick Forsyth - a British journalist/war correspondent, that Britain was the architectural backbone and the originator of that single story that demonized Biafra. Let us excuse the world because we know that "fifty-three years ago, Emeka Ojukwu tried to give his people something better, and Britain more than any other, destroyed the chance."

And while we excuse the world just as we have long forgiven our riverine brothers who were used to antagonise their Igbo Biafrans, we must remind the world that they cannot afford to remain silent again while we die.

Today, the world has seen Nigeria for what it is and what it represents for black race in the world. And the world has also known that they were led and deceived by the single story that demonized Biafra. Hence, it becomes expedient for the world to prevail on Nigeria by acknowledging that self-determination is a universal right of Indigenous peoples; and calling for referendum not just for the Biafrans but for all other ethnic nationalities that is entrapped in Nigeria. This is for the interest of the black race and humanity at large.

Perhaps, this can be the only way the world can redeemed itself from being complicit in the genocide that Biafrans were forced to endure in 67-70. For if the world were human-conscious enough to recognize the loss of five hundred to one million Tutsis as Rwandan Genocide, then I wonder what the world is waiting for to acknowledge that the loss of over five million Biafrans is a genocide against the Biafran people.

However, if the world chooses to be silent again as we are being killed in our land, then humanity and posterity must bear us witness that we are justified to seek self defense to redeem our glory in victory or to die as heroes with swords on their hands. And not to die like cowards who are butchered in their sleeps while praying for peace!

Written by:
Chukwuezugo J. Uduorji
For: The Biafra Restoration Voice – TBRV

Published by:
Chibuike John Nebeokike
For: The Biafra Restoration Voice – TBRV

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