Skip to comments.The genocidal Biafran war still haunts Nigeria (by Islamists, millions dead)
Posted on 10/16/2012 3:16:44 AM PDT by Milagros
The persecution of the Igbos didn't end with the Biafran conflict. Until the nation faces up to this, its mediocrity will continue
Almost 30 years before Rwanda, before Darfur, more than 2 million people mothers, children, babies, civilians lost their lives as a result of the blatantly callous and unnecessary policies enacted by the leaders of the federal government of Nigeria.
As a writer I believe that it is fundamentally important, indeed essential to our humanity, to ask the hard questions, in order to better understand ourselves and our neighbours. Where there is justification for further investigation, justice should be served.
In the case of the Nigeria-Biafra war there is precious little relevant literature that helps answer these questions. Did the federal government of Nigeria engage in the genocide of its Igbo citizens who set up the republic of Biafra in 1967 through punitive policies, the most notorious being "starvation as a legitimate weapon of war"? Is the information blockade around the war a case of calculated historical suppression? Why has the war not been discussed, or taught to the young, more than 40 years after its end?
The Oxford English Dictionary defines genocide as "the deliberate and systematic extermination of an ethnic or national group ...". The UN general assembly defined it in 1946 as "... a denial of the right of existence of entire human groups". Throughout the conflict the Biafrans consistently charged that the Nigerians had a design to exterminate the Igbo people from the face of the earth. This calculation, the Biafrans insisted, was predicated on a holy jihad proclaimed by mainly Islamic extremists in the Nigerian army and supported by the policies of economic blockade that prevented shipments of humanitarian aid, food and supplies to the needy in Biafra.
(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...
The United States blockaded the South when they tried to leave the Union; maybe that is where the Nigerian federal government learned the practice.
Some estimates - 3 million.
Biafra State Coalition Reactions To Islamic Jihad-Religious War Declared By Boko Haram
08 January 2012
Since independence, Nigeria has had a civil war in which 3 million people died, mostly of Eastern Nigeria.