Saturday, 22 March 2014

This annihilative threshold…

In a courageous and admirable public admission made in 1970, Colonel Robert Scott of the British miltary breaks ranks with his employer, the British diplomatic mission in Lagos, Nigeria, where he works as military advisor, to acknowledge, gravely, that as Nigerian genocidist military forces unleash their attacks on Igbo cities, towns and villages, they are the “best defoliant agent known” (Daily Telegraph, London, 11 January 1970).


Dreadful but not surprising. During this phase-III of the Igbo genocide or the direct invasion of Igboland, Biafra (6 July 1967-12 January 1970), the genocidists, equipped zealously by Britain, may have expended more small arms ammunition in the campaign to achieve their annhilative mission than the amount used by the entire British forces during World War II (Bernard WaitesSouth Asia and Africa after Independence, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, p. 267, added emphasis), the more territorially expansive and much longer duration of the latter notwithstanding. Again thanks to Britain, the Nigerians also deploy an array of heavy weaponry on land and sea for the onslaught. For its air force, the genocidists acquire squadrons of MiGs from the Soviet Union with the complement of loaned Egyptian pilots whose clearly demonstrated main specialism, throughout the mission, is to bomb and strafe concentrated Igbo population centres – markets, churches, shrines, schools, children’s playground, offices, hospitals, farms. Thousands (mostly children, women, older citizens) are murdered in this aerial campaign (particularly from October 1967) including the destruction of an international Red Cross relief-bearing aircraft to the besieged Igbo on 5 June 1969, ordered, specifically, by genocidist commander Olusegun Obasanjo, operating in south Biafra. Altogether, beginning from phase-I of this foundational genocide of post-(European)conquest Africa, 29 May 1966, 3.1 million Igbo or one-quarter of this nation’s population are murdered during these 44 months of gruesome death. The British government, headed by Harold Wilson, centrally supports the Igbo genocide militarily, diplomatically, politically – right from conceptualisation to execution.


It is indeed an extraordinary survival story of history that someone that goes by the name Obiageli, Nkechi, Chinyere, Ifeoma, Amaechi, Nwakaego, Ngozi, Chinelo, Ada, Uzo, Chibundu, Nkemdilim, Chukwuka, Okwuonicha, Chikwendu, Ogonna, Ikechukwu, Onwuatuegwu, Chukwuemeka, Onyekachi, Nnadozie, Okonkwo, Chido, Okafo, Nkeiru, Ifeyinwa, Uchendu, Nwaoyiri, Amaka, Nnamdi, Mbazulike, Chukwuma, Ndukaeze, Chidi, Nneka, Onyeka, Ifekandu, Obioma, Chioma, Ndubuisi…  actually walks the face of the earth, today, having survived this programmed sentence of death.

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