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Saturday, 3 June 2017

BIAFRANS AND THE HEROES DAY CELEBRATION

BIAFRANS AND THE HEROES DAY CELEBRATION


By Elochukwu Nicholas Ohagi.
For FamilyWriters


The entire Biafra territories was on Tuesday 30th May 2017, as silent as a graveyard. The silence came as a result of the complete adherence to the sit at home directives given by the leadership of IPOB to the Biafrans.

The Nigerian government has continued with their concocted South East and South South, a name they gave a people to divide them for their selfish gains. Recall that South East and South South was what made up the old Eastern Nigeria, that seceded from Nigeria after the pogrom of 1966. After killing many Biafrans in the North, littering their bodies in the Northern cities of Kano, Zaria, Kastina etc, they came to Biafra Land through Nsukka and fought Biafrans who returned home to nurse their wounds and mourn their dead. With the help of their allies like Britain, Russia and Egypt, Nigerian government killed many Biafran people both men, women and children during that genocidal war of aggression and attrition that has remained unforgettable and unforgivable by Biafrans.
Chief Obafemi Awolowo during the war orchestrated the old maxim that 'All is fair in war and love'. So they blockaded Biafra, using starvation as a legitimate weapon of warfare. More than 2million children were murdered. They bombed churches, hospitals, schools and markets. There was a total disregard to the rules of engagement.

The killing of Biafrans didn't stop with the end of the war in 1970. Nigerian government continued killing Biafrans. This is evident in the horrific video released by Amnesty International on the killing of unarmed IPOB protesters by Nigerian military forces in Onitsha and Aba both in Anambra and Abia states respectively. These people are the heroes Biafrans all over the world honoured by conducting  peaceful rallies and prayer sections in their various countries of resident while Biafrans in Biafra Land did theirs by sitting at home. They are heroes because they paid the ultimate prize with their blood so that we will be alive today.

However, Biafrans honoured them by remaining indoors on 30th May, 2017. In Onitsha, every road were deserted, the popular and ever busy Niger bridge was without cars. Main Market, Relief Market and other markets in Onitsha was under lock and keys.

Even the Nigerian Army, Police, Navy and Civil Defence seen everywhere in Biafra land, as deployed by Nigerian government but saw no one to shoot, as everyone remained indoors.
In Owerri it was same story. Markets and banks remained closed. According to a Facebook user, Owerri was deserted. This was evident on his Facebook post on 30th May and I quote "No Bank is working in owerri as I type now, Am at wetheral road owerri, no shop is open, and no movement".
It was same story in Port Harcourt (Igweocha) as all markets remained closed. The sit at home was also successful in Bayelsa, Delta and Ebonyi States. In a simple parlance, it could be said that there was a total shutdown of Biafra Land as Biafrans commemorate the death of their heroes past after 50 years of Biafra war without any befitting burial or honour.

Biafrans obeyed the call and used it to meditate on the huge prize the Biafran heroes paid in the cause to restoring Biafra as a surverign nation. It was also an opportunity for Biafrans to inform the world of our resolve to exit Nigeria and form our own nation- Biafra.

We therefore call on the international communities and United Nations to do the needful and help Biafrans exit from Nigeria by organising a referendum that will also be supervised and monitored by international observers. We sat at home and remembered our dead.


Edited by Ebere Okolie
For Family Writers

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