Saturday, 11 March 2017

Biafra is the ogbunigwe that freezes all “sensibilities” in Nigeria, Nigerian or nigeriana. No Igbo intellectuals would now wish to reinforce, even minimally, whatsoever the circumstances, the prevailing life-support machine that is genocidist Nigeria


Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

ANY MENTION of Biafra is the ogbunigwe that freezes all “sensibilities” in a Nigerian, indeed nigeriana. It should be recalled years ago when many a Nigerian academic or newspaper editor would render Biafra with its first letter in lower case “b” or box the entire name in quotes or even invert the “b” to “p” – such was the intensity of the schizophrenia that racked the minds of these creatures...


For Nigerians, the name Biafra is incredibly weaponised! In retrospect, Biafrans should have ensured, right from 13 January 1970, that they invoked Biafra each time, every time, everywhere, in their response to the occupation... Biafrans would probably have been spared the devastating extent of phase-IV of the genocide which goes on as these lines are written...


Post-Brexit, post-Nigeria

Nigeria surely watches, hopelessly, as its genocidal edifice crumbles irredeemably. This equally applies to the suzerain state Britain that created and sustains this genocidist monster. Biafrans will never forget. Surely, a post-Brexit Britain will have no choice but sit down with a free Biafran government and discuss fully the entire history of this genocide, the enslavement of the people of Biafra, and the subsequent conquest and occupation of Biafra. Britain will accept full responsibility of these crimes against humanity, apologise to Biafrans, and pay full reparations to Biafran survivors.

For the other “successor states” to a post-Nigeria, especially from its west and central regions, they will remain haunted by the name Biafra even in their “new” configurations until such a time they make full atonement for their roles in this foundational genocide of post-(European)conquest Africa and pay reparations to the survivors of this crime against humanity. 3.1 million Igbo people or 25 per cent of this nation’s population were murdered during 44 months of the slaughtering campaign.


Biafrans insist.
(Alice Coltrane Quartet, “Lord, help me to be” [personnel: Coltrane, piano; Pharoah Sanders, tenor saxophone;  Jimmy Garrison, bass; Ben Riley, drums; recorded: Coltrane home studio, Dix Hills, New York, US, 29 January 1968]) 
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