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, Nwafo, Ikechukwu, Onwuatuegwu, Chukwuemeka, Onyekachi, Nnadozie, Okonkwo, Chido, Okafo, Chikwendu, Nkeiiru, Ifeyinwa, Nkemakolam, Ikenga, Uchendu, Okennwa, Nwaoyiri, Okonta, Ukpabi, Amaka, Ofokaaja, Nnamdi, Mbazulike, Chukwuma, Kanayo, Ndukaeze, Chidi, Kamene, Nneka, Onyeka, Osita, Kalu, Ifekandu, Obioma, Chioma, Ndubuisi… actually walks the face of the earth, today, having survived this programmed sentence of death by Anglo-Nigeria genocidists beginning on Sunday 29 May 1966 and through to 12 January 1970 (phases I-III).
The genocidists murdered the grisly total of 3.1 million Igbo or one-quarter of this nation’s population during the period. The genocide still continues today, Sunday 12 May 2019, with the additional murder of tens of thousands of Igbo people since 13 January 1970 (phase-IV), including the 3000 Igbo murdered since November 2015 by fiendish génocidaire Muhammadu Buhari, installed in office as Nigeria’s head of regime in February 2015 by none other than ex-US President Barack Hussein Obama, first African-descent president in 233 years of the founding of the United States republic, and ex-British Prime Minister David Cameron.
OBAMA’s support of the ongoing Igbo genocide is an unconscionable tragedy, the abhorrent legacy of his presidency.
(Barack Hussein Obama... unconscionable tragedy, abhorrent legacy of a presidency)
NONE of the lead génocidaires of this genocide – Harold Wilson, Adesanya Maja Adekunle, Olusegun Obasanjo, Obafemi Awolowo, Allison Ayida, Ibrahim Haruna, Tony Enaharo, Yakubu Danjuma, Yakubu Gowon, Jeremiah Useni, Muhammadu Buhari, Oluwole Rotimi… reckoned, in their dire prognosis of the outcome of the 44 months of Igbo slaughtering that they directed and executed, that the Igbo stood a chance of surviving.
Harold Wilson, then British prime minister who chiefly coordinated the genocide from the comfort of his offices and residence at 10 Downing Street, London, 3000 miles away from Biafra, had notoriously set the pace for his fellows on what he saw as the future of the Igbo when he informed Clyde Ferguson, the United States state department special coordinator for relief to Biafra, that he, Harold Wilson, “would accept a half million dead Biafrans if that was what it took” Nigeria to destroy the Igbo resistance to the genocide (Roger Morris, Uncertain Greatness: Henry Kissinger and American Foreign Policy, 1977: 122).
(Harold Wilson: “would accept half a million dead Biafrans if that was what it took...”)
(Adekunle: “I want to prevent even one I[g]bo having even one piece to eat ... We shoot at everything that moves in ... I[g]bo territory ... even at things that don’t move”)
BY SURVIVING the genocide, the Igbo have not only dramatically repudiated this vile Wilsonian decree of Igbo mass slaughter and the Adekunleist wretched-soul-of-“boy boy”-executioner, but they are poised today, 53 years later, as the Biafra freedom movement has grown inexorably, to resume the interrupted construction of their beloved state of Biafra – Land of the Rising Sun.
(Cecil Taylor, “Pontos cantados” [personnel: Taylor, piano; recorded: One night with Blue Note – the historic all-star reunion concert, Town Hall, New York, US, 22 February 1985])
******Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe is the author of The longest genocide – since 29 May 1966 (2019) and co-author, with Lakeson Okwuonicha, of Why #DonaldTrump is #great for #Africa (2018)