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Monday 27 January 2020

It Is A Shameful Conspiracy For The United Nations To Renege On It's Resolution To Acknowledge/Punish The Crime Of Biafra Genocide

It Is A Shameful Conspiracy For The United Nations To Renege On It's Resolution To Acknowledge/Punish  The Crime Of Biafra Genocide

"Genocide is the first and greatest of the crimes perpetrated against humanity both because of it's scale and the intent behind it; the destruction of a group. It is therefore, a crime that obliges the international community to respond".....Alain Destexhe, once stated.

Korieh said: "The Rwandan and Darfur genocides in Africa as was the case of the Armenian and Kosovan genocides, all reflect the historical conflagration of human bestiality and resonate the Nazi trivialization of the Jewish priesthood in shape, though not in magnitude". However, unlike the Jewish, Armenian, Rwandan and Darfur genocides, the Igbo (Biafran) experience has for decades been neglected by scholars, activists and community leaders. This reluctance or indifference to a systematic study and documentation of the Biafran experience in Nigeria, stems from the attempt to subvert a focus on what transpired. Millions were gruesomely murdered under the orchestration, execution and supervision of the Nigerian state, which was practically assisted by the governments of Britain, Russia, etcetera.

Genocide is a word, dictionary defines as the systematic killing of a racial or cultural group. According to the United Nations Convention on Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, it means any act committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group. Such acts include:

* Killing members of a group.

* Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of a group.

* Deliberately inflicting on a group, conditions of life calculated to bring about it's destruction in whole or in part.

* Imposing measures intended to prevent births within a group.

* Forcibly transferring children of a group to another group.

These are treatments meted on the Igbos (Biafrans) in Nigeria, some of which started way back under the watchful eyes of the British colonialists.

READ HERE: The Biafra Genocidal Denial And The Accompanying Conspiracy

On the 11th of June 1968, precisely in the House of Commons, a Member of Parliament (asked the Foreign Secretary if he was aware of the depth of the feeling in the country that arms supplied to the Nigerian government should be cut off so that we should not be a party to the slaughter? Another asked him to "reconsider the policy on this point (arms supply), particularly now when the dangers of massive slaughter appeared to be brooding over the scene". A day later, another had argued that it has "now become a war leading possibly to the extermination of a race". One other said, "so long as we are sending arms, we are partly responsible for the bloodshed".

The Guardian Newspaper reported: "There is alarming evidence that the assurance given by General Alexander (British observer) amongst others, that Biafrans' fears of "genocide", are not the whole truth". The Newspaper further cited as evidence, the televised pictures of a Biafran being shot dead by a Nigerian army officer, shooting of four Red Cross workers, air raids on crowded Biafran markets, coupled with the reports of a group of Canadian Members of Parliament, which served as element of the genocidal war. It urged the United Kingdom to exert pressure on the Nigerian Military Government to reach out to a confederal solution. An article in The Times Magazine, noted that the conclusions of the observer team may have helped to "dispel from public mind, some of the horrors raised by the sight" of that televised execution but then, the news that millions of people could die of starvation, disturbed them yet again.

Cronje noted that "the observer team was not neutral. It was not instructed on what genocide is or how to identify it. It was dependent on the Nigerian Federal Military Government to provide transport and accommodation. It never investigated the 1966 massacres of the Igbos".

According to Chima J. Korieh in his journal titled: "Biafra And The Discourse On The Igbo Genocide", he stated that "indeed, according to the Investigator Report, hostilities between Federal Nigeria and the Republic of Biafra which began in July 1967, served as a continuation of an intention to exterminate the Igbo people. The war was indeed a Nigerian variant of what the Nazi called the "Final Solution of the Jewish Problem". "Since the late 1950s,  thousands of Igbo people have been massacred in different parts of Nigeria especially, in the Northern region. The genocide against the Igbos, conceived and executed with the support of public officials in many cases, climaxed in 1966. Even since the end of the war, the Igbo people (Biafrans), remain objects of targeted slaughter in different parts of the country. The massacre has not received any attention by "Genocide Scholars". A great deal of literature exists on genocide studies. In "Blood and Soil", A World History of Genocide and Extermination from Sparta to Darfur, Ben Kiernan reviewed the history of genocides and the attempts to exterminate groups of people based on their ethnicity or other characteristics. A massive volume of seven hundred and twenty three (723) pages, with absolutely no mention of Biafra genocide, carried the first attempt to systematically murder and wipe out a race in post-colonial Africa principally because of whom they are. Their identity as a people remains indisputably distinct and this, to those who are supposed to speak and take action, is a forbidden task. What a shameless conspiracy of the world!

Written by Obulose Chidiebere N.

Edited by Peter Oshagwu
For Family Writers Press International

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