Monday, 11 January 2016

Nigeria genocide-state: Indictment

For all intents and purposes, Nigeria collapsed as a functioning state with few prospects or possibilities on Sunday 29 May 1966 – the day it launched the Igbo genocide, the foundational genocide of post-(European)conquest Africa. Nigeria murdered 3.1 million Igbo or one-quarter of this nation’s population during 44 months (29 May 1966-12 January 1970) of indescribable savagery not seen in Africa since the genocide of the Herero, Nama and Berg Damara peoples, carried out by Germany in the early 1900s. Despite Nigeria’s subsequent seizure and looting of Biafra’s gargantuan wealth including sales from oil reserves since 13 January 1970 worth US$1000 billion, this genocide-state has cascaded into a frighteningly degenerative slump politically, economically, intellectually, socially, morally, spiritually. And this terminal status, surely, remains Nigeria’s epitaph.
(John Coltrane Quartet, “Consequences” 4th movement from First Meditations {for Quartet} [personnel: Coltrane, tenor saxophone; McCoy Tyner, piano; Jimmy Garrison, bass; Elvin Jones, drums; recorded: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, US, 2 November 1965])
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