Olusegun Obasanjo captures the characterisation of this season most vividly, if not horridly, in a February 2007 proclamation at Abeokuta, west Nigeria: “it’s do or die” (all-africa.com, 11 February 2007). And Olusegun Obasanjo should know. Olusegun Obasanjo knows exactly what he is talking about: he has been head of regime in Nigeria for 11 years and had been schooled for this role whilst commander of Nigeria’s death squad in south Biafra during the Igbo genocide, murdering tens of thousands of Igbo people in towns and villages in the region in addition to personally ordering the shooting down of a clearly-marked international Red Cross aircraft flying in urgently needed relief supplies to the besieged and bombarded Igbo in June 1969 (Olusegun Obasanjo, My Command: 1981: 79 ). Nigeria murdered 3.1 million Igbo or one-quarter of this nation’s population between 29 May 1966 and 12 January 1970. Arguably, among his colleagues, Olusegun Obasanjo most espouses the haematophagous signature of this genocide-state he has served so assiduously since 29 May 1966.
These deportations are clear violations of the human rights of the Igbo deportees, rights guaranteed by the United Nations relevant conventions and articles to which Nigeria, a UN member state, is a signatory. No APC functionary, at any level, has unambiguously condemned this outrage.
(Booker Little Sextet, “Moods in free time” [personnel: Little, trumpet; Julian Priester, trombone; Eric Dolphy, alto saxophone; Don Friedman, piano; Art Davis, bass; Max Roach, drums; recorded: Nola’s Penthouse Studios, New York, 17 March 1961])