Ezeobi Odirachinma - For TBP
April 5, 2017

Biafran children starved by Nigeria during the Nigerian war of genocide against Biafra
In 1944, a Polish-Jewish lawyer named Raphael Lemkin sought to create a new term to describe the indiscriminate Nazi policies of the Jewish people. He used the ancient Greek word "Genos"(race,tribe) and the Latin word "cide"(killing) forming the new word GENOCIDE. Therefore Genocide is the systematic killing of substantial numbers of people on the basis of ethnicity, religion, political opinion, social status or other particularity. Over the years, the case of mass destruction of human lives especially civilians are recorded and people or institution responsible for this grave act brought to book.

In Geneva where it was alleged that the Islamic state forces committed genocide in a continuing effort to exterminate the Yazidi religious minority in Syria and Iraq which united Nations investigators claimed that over 400,000 members of the Yazidi community were exterminated.
Similar case was recorded by united nations where in 2003 the Sudanese government and Arab military (janjaweed) destroyed over 400 villages, in which no less than 450,000 people were killed.

If the above figures were recognized by international community as acts of genocide, why not that which took place in Biafra territory conducted by the government of Nigeria since 1966 till date?
Why has the world remain silent even in the face of the glaring evidences of genocide confirmed even by the enemies of biafra.
With the ten remarks (below), we shall try to remind the world of the clear evidences of genocide committed against biafrans which they have turn deaf ear to.

1."Bestial and indignities of all kinds were visited on Biafrans in 1966. In Ikeja barrack (western Nigeria) Biafrans were forcibly fed on a mixture of human urine and faeces, in Northern Nigeria numerous Biafrans' wives and nursing mothers were raped before their husbands and children. Young girls were abducted from homes, working places and schools and forced into sexual intercourse with sick, demented and leprous men (Mr Erif Spiff - eye witness, 1966 Washington post editorial July 2, 1969).

2. "In some areas outside the East, Igbos were killed by local people with at least the acquiescence of the federal armed forces and 1000 Igbo civilians perished in Benin in this way" (new York review,21 DEC 1967).

3. "The greatest simple massacre occurred in the Igbo town of Asaba where 700 Igbo men were lined up and shot (London observer, 21 Jan, 1968)

4. "In calabar, federal forces shot at least 1000 and perhaps 2000 Igbos most of then civilians. (new York times, 18th Jan 1968)

5. "There has been genocide on the occasion of the 1966 massacre. The region between the towns of Benin and Asaba where only widows and orphans were remaining, federal troops having for unknown reasons massacred all the men; (Monsignor Georges) sent down on fact finding mission by his holiness, the Pope, le monde French evening newspaper April 5,1968)

6. "The lost of lives from starvation continues at more than 10,000 persons per day - over 1,000,000 lives in recent months. Without emergency measures now, the number will climb to 25000 per day within a month and 2 000 000 deaths by the end of the year. The  new year will only bring great disaster to a people caught in the passion of fratricidal war. (senator Kennedy, nov 17,1968)

7. "Mass starvation is a legitimate aspect of war"(Anthony enahoro, Nigeria commissioner for information at a press conference in new York July 1968)

8. "I want to see no red cross, no caritas, no world council of churches, no Pope, no missionary and no UN delegation. I want to prevent even one Igbo from having even one piece to eat before their capitulation. We shoot at everything that moves and whenever our troop match into the centre of Igbo territory, we shoot at everything even at things that do not move"( Benjamin Adekunle, commander 3rd marine commando division Nigerian army)

9. "This is not the time to stand on ceremonies, or to go through channels or to observe the diplomatic niceties. The destruction of an entire people is an immoral objective even in the most moral of wars. It can never be condoned, it can never be justified" (Mr Richard Nixon,September 9, 1968).

10. "One word now describe the policy of the Nigerian military government towards secessionist Biafra, genocide. It is ugly and extreme but it is the only word which fits Nigeria decision to stop the international committee of the red cross, and other relief agencies from flying food to biafra
(Washington post, editorial July 2 1969)

The pogrom and genocide to which even the enemies assented to have committed in anyway could not be compared to whatsoever that has happened in Nazi Germany, Yazidi community and the rest of them but ironically the world put into record all these acts against humanity but turned a deaf ear to the plight of Biafrans.
This in a nutshell explains why Nigeria had continued the massacre of Biafrans with high level of impunity.

"Any man who is neutral in situations of injustice have chosen the side of the oppressor (Desmond tutu)


Editor/Publisher: Chinwe Korie
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