Children also helped out in their own way. Eventually we were able to rent a boat on the coast. I had felt safe, secure. It was agonising to realise that they didn’t know if I was dead or alive. "The Nigerians who were pursuing us were trained soldiers. It was about 4pm. Biafran War Memories is a digital archive of first-hand accounts of the 1967-1970 Nigerian Civil War, also known as the Biafran War. Israel needs to harness its resources and influence to force this outcome. Video: Biafran Zionist Movement Sends "500 Military Personel" To Israel To Train As Pilots and Engineers. They were not here to negotiate my surrender. Government policies intended to take land from Biafra and give it to Fulani from the north are driven by a strong undertone of radical political Islam, their objective literally to change the landscape by creating a homeland for the Fulani in the south in order to dominate Nigeria’s political space indefinitely. In 1967 Igbo leaders declared a Biafran state, ... 'Lost tribe of Israel' ... he was a soldier in the army that defeated the separatists in 1970. But not Nigeria. I heard footsteps and people talking, more gunfire. Our struggle for self-determination is the struggle of Africa's post-colonisation from Algeria to the Cape. In 1975, the government, in further its perceived bid to appreciate them for their gallantry, moved the wounded soldiers to Oji River and settled them on one end of the Oji River Leprosy Settlement Centre. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Biafra: Israeli soldiers Set to arrive in Enuguon October 15 ahead of biafra independence, Biafra: Get Prepared Ahead Of October 12, Nnamfi Kanu Tells Biafrans World Wide, Breaking: Buhari Finally Sends Ministerial Nominees List To Senate, Latest Biafra News Today Friday 18th December 2020. I had wanted my day in court in 2017, but the military response tells me that the rule of law in Nigeria has collapsed. Christopher Ejike Ago Soldier in the Biafran war "We thought we were magicians," said 76-year-old Mr Ago. You may remember the Biafran war, 50 years ago. I stayed hidden in a room while my companions went foraging for supplies. Overhead I could hear helicopter gunships, their propellers whirring with that sick, lazy beat they have when they hover. The Nigerian Civil War (also known as the Biafran War and the Nigerian-Biafran War) was a civil war in Nigeria fought between the government of Nigeria headed by General Yakubu Gowon and the secessionist state of Biafra led by late Lt. Two people were arrested at a synagogue in Iriebe Okpulor for “wearing Kippah & Magen”. When we stopped to rest on the road, I couldn’t go out. The outlawing of IPOB has given the Nigerian government an excuse to send in the army and provided impetus for Islamist militias to drive us from our homes. The attorney for Nigerian activist Nnamdi Kanu, head of the Biafran separatist movement, has confirmed that Kanu is in Israel following the first sighting of him in more than a year – but Israeli authorities say they’re not so sure. Nnamdi Kanu “My coming to Nigeria with Israeli military is to address some issues with the good citizens of Biafra, who has been coming for my arrival and to also be in the right position to fight for a due course for the actualization of Biafra. From Benin I travelled by road to Senegal, a distance of nearly 2,000 kilometres. T he Indigenous Peoples of Biafra leader Nnamdi Kanu has commissioned Biafran Airlines from Israel, claims a n article on the Biafra Star website.. Biafra is a region in south-eastern Nigeria. Government agents act with impunity, and I include among them the Fulani terrorists who are doing the Nigerian government’s dirty work, not one of whom has been brought to justice for the murders they’ve carried out.It is a sign that Nigeria itself is imploding. But I refused to go. By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News - Soldiers destroyed six synagogues of the Igbo Jewish community in Nigeria last week during a siege of several areas in the country’s Rivers State, while killing at least 50 people and arresting two, 9Africa reports. The consequences for persecution of Biafran #Jews will be ... 7AM and 6PM Toll Free number in Israel … I didn’t want to leave my home. In May 1967 Biafra was left with no choice but to secede from Nigeria only to face a vastly superior invasion army and a blockade of food supplies supported by governments as diverse as the UK and the Soviet Union. But a handful of adults and children would have been too many, never mind millions. They should not have been forced to make that sacrifice, but I will honour them for it until my dying day. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? t was 14 September 2017. I woke up with a start. They had tried to defend my home, my family, without guns, without clubs, only with their bodies and their words. Two young soldiers of the Biafran army, Moise, 14 (L) and Ferdinand, 16 (R) talk to one another in the city of Umuahia on August 31, 1968 as the Nigerian federal troops continue their advance during the Biafran war. Biafran Jews mark 50 years since failed bid for independence - Times of Israel for the first times reports Biafra news Nigeria on Tuesday marks 50 years since the declaration of an independent Republic of Biafra plunged the country into a civil war, amid renewed tensions and fresh calls for a … The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. My men pushed and pulled me towards the high perimeter wall which ran the full circumference of the compound. The soldiers even shot and killed the family dog. All my life my colleagues and I have been working for Biafran self-determination, the right for the people of Biafra to choose their own destiny, to be free from persecution. I wouldn’t be able to expose the attempts by the Department of State Security to silence me. The outlawing of IPOB has given the Nigerian government an excuse to send in the army and provided impetus for Islamist militias to drive us from our homes. Israeli prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has ordered the Israeli Military following the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu set to arrive at Biafra’s own country any moment from now. My mother suffered heart complications as a result of the trauma and stress of the Nigerian army’s invasion of my house. They would say I had resisted arrest. My mouth opened but I couldn’t take in air. After Biafra's declaration of independence from Nigeria, Nigeria declared war on the nascent state, defeating them in the Nigerian Civil War and reuniting the two states. Biafra represented nationalist aspirations of the Igbo people, … But the attack took its toll on my parents. A starving Biafran child sits by a pile of yams, English model and actress Jean Shrimpton joins a group of anti-war protestors campaigning to end the killing of civilians in Biafra and the Nigerian Civil War, on the steps of the Shaftesbury Memorial in Piccadilly Circus, Biafran injured men lie on a street of Ikoi as the overcrowed hospitals of the town couldn't take care of all the injured people, A group of mothers and their babies at the Enugu Civilian Hospital, Biafran refugees gather after the storming of the city of Nnewi, Refugees walk on a road as they flee the city of Aba, Nigerian leader General Yakubu Gowon (rigjt) welcomes United Nations Secretary General U Thant (left) who flied into Lagos to hold talks over the continuing Biafran refugee crisi, Biafran rebel soldiers during an attack to take the city of Ikot Ekpene from the Nigerian troops in 1968, IPOB supporters and members of the Yahveh Yashua Synagogue celebrate Shabbat, Amarachi Onyemaechi lost a leg during a pro-Biafra protest in 2015, A security guard in the empty Ogbaru Market in 2017, closed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Nigerian Civil War, A convoy of Nigerian soldiers in Aba, a pro-Biafra separatist zone, At the height of the war in 1969, 12,000 people a day starved to death in Biafra. I might as well have been in prison.Benin, Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, all the countries I had to pass through rely economically on Nigeria, their governments corrupt enough to arrest me and send me back. Biafran Soldiers UmuChineke is on Facebook. At one point we put ashore to find ice to keep the medication I needed chilled. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. Since 2017 state oppression has included: the beating of young men attending a relative’s funeral in Onitcha in 2019; in August 2018 the arrest and imprisonment in Owerri of 100 women protesting against violence carried out by the security forces and specifically the attack on my home; in 2017 and 2018 brutal beatings given by Nigerian soldiers and police to anyone wearing or carrying the Biafran flag, including a disabled man in Onitsha; the indiscriminate burning down of houses by Nigerian Police in Abia State in October 2019, because their inhabitants support Biafran self-determination. You may remember those photographs of starving children, their bellies distended, crying with hunger, crying without tears because their tear ducts had dried up. The incident took place as soldiers besieged Oyigbo, Etche, Iriebe and Eleme after violence broke out […] No doubt they hope to stave off the collapse of Nigeria, which commentators from all regions have recognised in recent months. My story would be told. I mourn my mother. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. The Atlantic off that coast is heavy, stormy, treacherous. Nnamdi Kanu on the battle for self-determination, {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}}, Biafra: 50 years on and the violence continues, take land from Biafra and give it to Fulani, burning down of houses by Nigerian Police in Abia State, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. But even now, if a Nigerian government was willing to talk honestly and openly about our demands and to consider a referendum on self-determination for the Biafran people, in a neutral space provided by the United Nations, I would be there at the table. Missing Nigerian separatist leader Nnamdi Kanu has resurfaced in Israel more than a year after soldiers … The Fulani and other people of the north are Muslim. I have no doubt of this. I might have started involuntarily. At least six Igbo synagogues were razed by soldiers last week in Nigeria’s River State, located in the country’s Biafra region, 9Africa news reported. Biafrans have been butchered for reasons that range from religious intolerance, economic incompetence and xenophobic warmongering on the part of a Nigerian state that can hardly keep itself together. Somehow, they man-handled me to the top of this and I fell to the ground the other side. Biafra, officially the Republic of Biafra, is a subsumed state in West Africa that existed from May 1967 to January 1970 and also before the creation of Nigeria by Britain. Informally Israel, France, Portugal, Rhodesia (present-day Zimbabwe), and South Africa provided support as did the Vatican partly because the Biafran were overwhelmingly Catholic. Almost from the moment Nigeria’s independence was declared, the Biafran people wanted out, which led to the bloody war of 1967-70. How they refused to bring me to court when a judge demanded it. My limbs flailed. I came back to my home country in October 2015 to try to help bring an end to the violence and persecution by peaceful means. I blinked. The Indigenous People of Biafra has reacted to alleged DSS report which claims that a certain Biafran Army Camp exists in Israel. [size=14pt]BIAFRA MISSION TO ISREAL[/size] The Republic of Biafra under the leadership of the Biafra Zionist Movement will be sending 500 military trainees to Israel for training as Pilots and engineers. This was called “win-the-war effort”. All those who have been killed since, protesting the actions of the Nigerian security forces in Biafraland. I was still in pain and the threat from Nigerian agents abroad never went away. The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) that I lead, has one principal purpose: we call for the recognition of the Biafran people’s right to self-determination. Kanu made this statement with a brief meeting he has with the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu calling for the Israel government to protect him and to ensure the good people of the Biafrans citizens are well protected during the independence, “The zoo country security agents are bitting what they can’t chew, but, we good people of Biafrans are peace lovingly citizens. They were attacking the compound, shooting, killing my friends and family. The Israeli public, press and parliament called for assistance to Biafra, evoking their country's deep moral obligation to help a people in distress. On more than one occasion waves threatened to swamp our little craft. It is published in 2016 by Feli Publishing Maryland, USA and available at www.amazon.com for $15. My parents and other members of my family were there, brothers, nephews, nieces, cousins. What astonishes me, though, is the almost total silence from the world’s media, politicians and the international community surrounding this horrible persecution. Soldiers shouting. It was a terrible and inglorious beginning to post-colonial African history. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. My father, a strong man, a chief among Biafrans, has lost his life’s companion. In 1970, after nearly three years of fighting, Biafran soldiers, who were outnumbered 10 to one by federal troops and under-equipped, laid down their arms. The room was peppered with machine gun fire. How they ignored the bail that had been posted. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. I couldn’t even tell my wife or family where I was, just in case they became targets. In a press statement signed by its Head of Directorate of State, Chika Edoziem which was made available to ORIENTAL TIMES , the group described the news which seems to have circulated all over Nigeria media as fake. It only forced together unhappy and angry bedfellows. The Nigerian Civil War: The Memoirs of an Unsung Biafran Commando, a book by Matthew Uzukwu is an important book. How many Biafrans were killed because of this deliberate policy of starvation has been argued ever since. or. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. 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