Friday, 27 December 2013

Year 47 – Igbo genocide and its comeuppance?

(Tony Williams Quintet, “From before” [personnel: Williams, drums; Sam Rivers, tenor saxophone; Wayne Shorter, tenor saxophone; Herbie Hancock, piano; Gary Peacock, bass; recorded Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, US, 12 August 1965])

Besides all the lead-countries involved in the Igbo genocide which have apparently had or still appear to have their comeuppance as a result, as perceptive criminologist Biko Agozino pointedly reminds us (“Why Obasanjo May Be Heading To Hell”,  - accessed 27 December 2013), each lead-personage involved in perpetuating this heinous crime against humanity has had their life/life’s vital interests spectacularly collapse around them: Olusegun Obasanjo (genocidist commander, south Biafra who ordered the shooting down of an international Red Cross relief-carrying aircraft to the encircled Igbo over south Biafra on 5 June 1969; for an update on this fellow, see, for instance, daughter Iyabo Obasanjo’s December 2013 open letter to her father, - accessed 27 December 2013), Murtala Muhammed (genocidist commander, northwestcentral Biafra and commander of brigade that carried out the 7 October 1967 mass execution of 700 Igbo boys and men at Asaba, west Oshimili River) Harold Wilson, Ibrahim Taiwo (parallel commander of brigade that carried out the 7 October 1967 mass execution of 700 Igbo boys and men at Asaba, west Oshimili River), Leonid Brezhnev, Abdel Gamal Nasser, Benjamin Adekunle (genocidist commander, south Biafra), Yakubu Gowon (head of the genocidist-prosecuting  regime), Hosni Mubarak (former commander, Egyptian air force [and later head of regime until swept away by the mass Egypt’s uprising, February 2011] whose pilots, recruited by the genocidists, engaged in the cowardly carpet bombings of Igbo markets, hospitals, city centres, churches, shrines, children’s playgrounds, villages, farms throughout the duration of the genocide), Tony Enaharo (genocidist roving envoy), U Thant, Ahmadou Ahidjo, Mashood Abiola (expansive weapons-contractor during the genocide who was on the verge of becoming head of Nigeria’s regime, 1998), Obafemi Awolowo (chief genocidist “theorist” who desperately craved to be post-genocide head of Nigeria’s regime), Gbadamosi King (genocidist air force pilot who shot down the international Red Cross relief-bearing aircraft over the skies of south Biafra, 5 June 1969), Muhammadu Shuwa (genocidist commander, north Biafra), Hafez al-Assad (head of regime, Syria), Illiya Bisalla (genocidist commander, northcentral Biafra), Sekou Toure (head of regime, Guinea-Conakry), Houari Boumedienne (head of regime, Algeria), Diallo Telli (OAU first secretary-general)... 

Quite a few, as these lines are written, are so ill that anguished family and friends continue to link their state of deteriorating health to the alu they committed in Igboland, Biafra, during those dreadful 44 months of 29 May 1966-12 January 1970 ... Boko Haram insurgency incrementally ravages north Nigeria, epicentre of the planning and execution of the genocide, without letup ... 

If ever there is any doubt, the evidence, so far, demonstrates the contrary – namely, that no one, no agency, murders 3.1 million Igbo children, women and men in this foundational genocide of post-(European)conquest Africa and walks away free ... Apart from the Igbo survivors, the 3.1 million are individually and collectively involved in the current Igbo historic quest for justice ...  

And the Igbo will get this justice. Undoubtedly.

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