(In memory of the 21 massacred coal miners, Enuugwu, Biafra, 18 November 1949...)
Wednesday, 18 November 2015
66th anniversary of the Enuugwu colliery massacre
On 18 November 1949, 21 coal miners at the Iva Valley colliery, Enuugwu, Biafra, are shot dead by the British occupation police in response to the miners’ peaceful, popular protest for a pay increase, improvement in working and safety mine provisions, and support for the ongoing freedom movement, begun in the 1930s and spearheaded by the Igbo, to terminate 64 years of Britain’s conquest of Nigeria. This massacre in addition to the organised pogroms against Igbo people in June 1945 (Jos, northcentral Nigeria) and May 1953 (Kano, north Nigeria) by the Hausa-Fulani religiopolitical leadership of north Nigeria, strategic clients of the occupation, are dreadful precursors to the Igbo genocide of 29 May 1966-12 January 1970 – in which Nigeria and Britain murder 3.1 million Igbo, one-quarter of this nation’s population, in the foundational genocide of post-(European)conquest Africa.