Yesterday, The republic of Biafra celebrated 50th year anniversary in remembrance of their fallen heroes.
The Republic of Biafra, was a secessionist state in Nigeria, that existed from 30 May 1967 to January 1970, comprising the former Eastern Region of the country.
The inhabitants were mostly the Igbo people who led the secession due to economic, ethnic, cultural and religious tensions among the various peoples of Nigeria.
Other ethnic groups that constituted the republic were the Efik, Ibibio, Annang, Ejagham, Eket, Ibeno and the Ijaw among others.
The secession of the Biafran region was the primary cause of the Nigerian Civil War, also known as the Biafran War. The state was formally recognised by Gabon, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Tanzania and Zambia.
Other nations which did not give official recognition, but provided support and assistance to Biafra included Israel, France, Spain, Portugal, Norway, Rhodesia, South Africa and the Vatican City.
Biafra also received aid from non-state actors, including Joint Church Aid, Holy Ghost Fathers of Ireland, Caritas International, MarketPress and U.S. Catholic Relief Services.
After two-and-a-half years of war, during which over three million Biafran civilians died from starvation caused by the total blockade of the region by the Nigerian government, Biafran forces under the motto of “No-victor, No-vanquished” surrendered to the Nigerian Federal Military Government (FMG), and Biafra was reintegrated into Nigeria.
Supervised by Britain under Harold Wilson, Richard Nixon turned a blind eye with the American political class at the time. Russia supplied the war jet to bomb the Biafran children. Egyptian pilots flew those jets. Nigerians executed the task.
Three million people were killed and the world pretended it never happened.
Yesterday, Biafrans remembered the times of their lost ones and the lights that were forever extinguished.
The eastern part of Nigeria accuse the Federal Government of marginalization and bad governance, citing reason for the number of people that leave the country.
Because of hunger, starvation and quest for greener pasture, most Nigerians make SA their destination.